I’ve been home for just over 3 months now and decided I needed a break from work and to get out there in the world again. Flights to Europe were quite expensive as I was looking in the school holidays week and Edinburgh had been in my mind to go to recently so I booked a train to Edinburgh for a short trip (plus I’d never been to Scotland before!!)
I knew it would be a nice city but I didn’t really have any expectations and I was totally impressed by it! As soon as I arrived and walked from the train station to my hostel I was amazed by how old and beautiful the buildings were.
I dropped my bag at the hostel (Edinburgh backpackers) to start with and headed out on what I found out later to be the ‘Royal Mile’ and ended up at the castle just as the sun was going down.
The next day I got up to have a real walk around, I didn’t really want to pay to get in the castle so instead I walked all around the edge and down to Princes park and along Princes street where all the shops are and back to the Royal Mile and to Grassmarket Street which was also very impressive.
In the afternoon I walked to Holyrood park and walked up to Arthur’s seat, unfortunately it was quite a dull day so the view wasn’t that clear but it was still very impressive (which I was pleased about as it was hard work!) and going up there had been on my to do list when thinking about Edinburgh so I’m glad I finally got to do it and I actually did feel like I was in the film one day!
Talking of films.. I walked past ‘The elephant house’ cafe which is where JK Rowling started writing the Harry Potter books and walking around the city does constantly remind you of the books and the films with all the old buildings and ally ways .. It really is quite magical!
I really wanted to do a highland tour on my last day but I would of returned too late to get my train home so instead I got the train to Glasgow as it was cheap and only took an hour but I wasn’t that impressed really, I guess it’s not a destination city like Edinburgh is and I was really tired as I had quite unthoughtful hostel room mates the night before who made a lot if noise when leaving at 5.00 in the morning!
I’m sure Glasgow is a great city once you spend more time there but for now Edinburgh has my heart and is without doubt one of the best cities I’ve been to and I look forward to returning and seeing more of Scotland in the future!
Note- it was also amazingly pretty in Autumn!