I’ve been to Edinburgh on a number of occasions before over the years but I never really fell in love with the Scottish capital city.
However, my visit to Edinburgh last weekend left a lasting impression on me and now it sits very high up on my list of favourite cities in the UK. It’s truly stunning; the architecture really blew me away, the food stalls were available in abundance and there’s so much more to see and do there than I ever realised!
If you saw my previous post, you’ll know that my sister and I went to Edinburgh for the night to stay at the iconic and breathtaking hotel – The Scotsman – so here’s what we got up to during our 24 hours in Edinburgh!
Our 24 hours in Edinburgh began with a yummy lunch at our hotel before my dad got the train back to York and left my sister and I to explore the Scottish capital.
It was a rare, incredibly hot day in Edinburgh and the sun was shining beatifically down on the entire city; the weather was glorious and I’m so glad we got to see Edinburgh in such a beautiful light.
One thing I didn’t realise about Edinburgh however, was the fact that it’s incredibly hilly; it was quite a struggle to venture up and down the huge hills in the blistering heat but it was well worth it for the beautiful views we were subjected to.
We began the impressive ascent up to Edinburgh Castle and the crowds that surrounded the historic structure were substantial to say the least. We enjoyed a leisurely walk around the entrance to the castle, stopping every now and then to snap a few gorgeous pictures of the castle (and ourselves!). My sister has the iPhone 10 and omfg I am unbelievably in love with the quality of the camera; it’s immense!
We were going to pay to go inside the actual castle grounds but with the crowds swarming every inch of the place, we decided against it and made our way back down the huge hill to see what else we could explore…
We spent some time wandering around the quaint little streets, admiring the spectacular architecture of the ancient buildings; I really can’t believe that I’d never fully appreciated the city until now! From my many previous travels, I’ve always said how the buildings, churches and famous monuments of cities are always my favourite things to see and do whenever I travel somewhere new and I’m so glad I can now add Edinburgh’s glorious structures to my list of favourite buildings.
We had a lovely walk along Princes Street, admiring all the wonderful food and ice cream vendors, watching everyone frolicking in the stunning gardens and park areas and then we made our way along to Holyrood and the Palace.
We did actually get a little sidetracked when we saw an enormous hill that offered unparalleled views of the city, as well as some beautiful statues at the top.
The views from the top of the hill were absolutely breathtaking and it was made even better by the fact that the sun was shining down on everything! We decided to have a leisurely walk around the top of the hill as the climb up there was quite exhausting, before we made our way back down and carried on towards Holyrood Palace.
The Palace itself was nothing short of amazing and I really wished we could have gone inside and explore it; if only to live out my lifelong dream of being a princess living in a pretty palace…
We also ventured into the local gift shop that contained an abundance of cutesy little trinket gifts as well as plenty of Royal Wedding themed items. My little sister conned me out of £20 for a stuffed toy of the Queen’s corgi but it was well worth it to see her happy, smiling face!
On our way back to our hotel we took a little detour to see the incredible Scott Monument again which has firmly made its way onto my list of favourite buildings; it really is a sight to behold! I absolutely loved this area of Princes Street; the monument and the giant wheel as well as all the crowds gathered round enjoying the weather really made it feel so welcoming and lovely.
After a brief interlude in our hotel room – we were pretty tired by this point – we made our way back out and headed straight towards the giant wheel! It was around 7pm when we went on the wheel and to my incredulous disbelief; there was no queue at all!
We were offered a seat immediately and were delighted to be able to take in the stunning views of Edinburgh as the sun slowly began to set. The views from the top of the wheel were absolutely magical and I felt so incredibly happy to be able to share this experience with my little sister; it was such a perfect way to end the day!
The next morning was spent savouring our last few moments in our gorgeous hotel room before we headed down to breakfast and then out for another hour or so of exploring everything nearby.
We managed to squeeze so much into our day in Edinburgh and I had such a wonderful time with my sister; it’s definitely a place that I’d love to return to very soon!
Have you ever been to Edinburgh? What’s your favourite thing to see/do there? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.