27 Aug 2015

Wandering Edinburgh's Streets

Edinburgh is quickly becoming one of my favourite cities.  It seemingly has everything; an abundance of culture, stunning architecture, proximity to both countryside and coast, great bars and restaurants and so much more.

On a trip to watch my brother perform again at the Fringe, I took the time to just wander and take in the city centre and all it had to offer.

Much 'fashion blogger pose', such awkward.  But really, this is how happy all of the sweet little side streets with stunning views made me.
Every turn is ridiculously pretty, from the towering Georgian architecture and colourful shopfronts, to rocky hillsides and green areas full of thistles.  The difference in vantage points are wonderful too; suddenly finding yourself on a balcony looking down on a winding street below, or strolling under tall bridges which twinkle with lights.

During the Edinburgh Fringe the city is buzzing too, with performances such as dance, theatre and music in the streets as well as hundreds of shows in coffee shops, bars and clubs transformed into Fringe venues, which are dotted all over the city.  Do be prepared to collect a lot of flyers though, whether you want them or not!

The shops can be a little busy during the festival, but so many of them are worth it, even the ones clearly aimed at tourists with shelves from floor to ceiling packed with whisky are definitely worth a visit.  One of my favourites is a little boutique called Hannah Zakari, with its awesome jewellery, accessories, stationery and prints made by independent designers.

The pubs, especially those found in Grassmarket are absolutely lovely and just what you want from an old, authentic pub experience - plus the whisky choices are fantastic so I hear.  There are also some bloody brilliant cocktail bars like The Voodoo Rooms, although I most definitely want to try out some other places...for research.

Just out of the centre is Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, a little piece of countryside quiet and such a stark contrast to the bustling, built-up city.  It is perfect to get a little bit of fresh air and space, especially during the Fringe. 



I have already decided to return much sooner than our now annual visit and rather fancy going back in the winter to get a different feel for the city.  However, until next time Edinburgh, you've been beautiful as always.

If you'd like you can read my Edinburgh post from last year here.

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16 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos! You've captured Edinburgh beautifully. It's no doubt one of my favourite cities too :) I definitely recommend going in the winter too. It's much darker and gloomier, of course, but in a really cosy way.

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

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    1. Thanks sweetie! It isn't often I like cities as I'm much more of a countryside person (although that's probably obvious), but Edinburgh just has something special about it x

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  2. Woo I'm going in a couple of weeks and super excited. It looks gorgeous! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  3. I couldn't be less of a city fan but living only 60miles from Edinburgh, I've been many, many times in my life. It really is my favorite city in the whole country. You got some fab photos, truly beautiful.

    Danielle xo
    www.underlandtowonderland.com

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    1. We definitely share that in common, it takes something extra special to make me like a city. Thanks so much x

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  4. I just ADORE Edinburgh! Like you i think it could be up there as one of my very favourite cities. I think it's because it's got all that you would expect from a city but alongside bag and bags of character and charm. You sort of feel as if you've stepped into a completely different world. I love how much of the beautiful old town has been looked after.

    We went up last December and it is MAGICAL at Christmas time!!!

    Lovely photos!

    Sally xxx

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    1. Yes! That's such a perfect description. Christmas time it is then :)
      Thank you x

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! The architecture is a photographer's dream.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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  6. I've always wanted to visit Edinburgh, it looks like such a lovely city in photos. I've yet to get the chance though, but someday!

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    1. If you get the opportunity, you definitely should x

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  7. Your picture of the castle is so gorgeous - I'd love to go to Edinburgh one day.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. Thank you :) Oh you should, it is wonderful x

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  8. Your photographs are so beautiful and capture the city perfectly! I adore Edinburgh and would love to live there one day, it's got such a great atmosphere and the architecture never fails to make me smile :) I'm glad you had a lovely time visiting the city!
    Nicole xx
    Life in Ginger

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