A trip to Scotland – A few days in beautiful Edinburgh

I first went to Edinburgh a couple of years ago and I think I fell in love with it. It’s an amazing mixture of city life, stunning architecture and royal history. Everything I love all in one place. If it was a tiny bit closer I would be popping there for weekends quite a lot more. As life would have it though, this is only my second trip up and we decided to go during August, one of its busiest months with the fringe festival, school holidays and military tattoo on all at once. It really is crazy busy, but so interesting to see such a melting pot of cultures and things all in one place. We stayed in a good old Premier inn on Princes street and it’s such an ideal spot for families. Close enough to a supermarket, the car park, the train station, a million eating places, a Tesco metro and the Royal mile. I would happily live there in a flash. Not in the premier inn. In a swanky apartment, I mean. On Princes street, overlooking the park with a clear view of the castle.

There are just so many shows to watch and you can join so many for free that we watched a mish mash of a lot of things. We would regularly walk past places that said things like “fringe venue number 465”. I’m not sure exactly how many fringe venues there were but it was definitely close to or over 500! At times, we had to steer Little Z away from the adult language of some of them but he was fascinated at all of them. It’s also Korean festival this month (see…SO much going on!) so there was a lot of martial arts related things happening on the streets as well as more delicate artistic performances. Oh and a pancake seller helpfully told me that the clubs stay open till 5am, which is about the time the baby wakes me for a feed! I nodded politely at that one and put more pancake in my mouth. The evenings were just as atmospheric and, with the military tattoo on at the castle, we were treated to nightly fireworks. I really really wanted to watch it but I doubt the baby would have sat through even 10 minutes of it. He’s now taken to shrieking every 30 seconds if he finds his voice echoes, so it’s not the best time to confine him to a place where his screams will bounce off the walls and high ceilings.

One of my favourite bits of the city is the old town. You can spend hours just wandering about the Royal mile and, if you like historical buildings it’ll take you forever to make your down it as you’ll keep stopping to admire everything. It is SO old. It’s like a very clever architect and builder decided to build a city of impeccable quality. And hence, it’s still standing and functional today. Most of my photos of Edinburgh are of the old part.

This time, we dragged ourselves away from the city for a bit and explored Stirling, Falkirk and Loch Lomond. We wanted to do the Highlands too but found that the whole area is so vast it would need at least another week to see it all properly. Of course, this means that we’ll have to come back sometime and I may already have a few routes in my head for Easter.

Here’s some of our Edinburgh old town photos…

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51 thoughts on “A trip to Scotland – A few days in beautiful Edinburgh”

  1. Oh how fabulous, this is totally on my bucket list! I’ve never been to Edinburgh and I’d love to go to the fringe and the tattoo. Your photos are great too, really make me want to go!
    Nat.x

  2. I went there twice and both time I was ill. I must go again after seeing your amazing photos! Make me so jealous cos I only slept in the hotel when I reached there. Such a beautiful city.

  3. I absolutely adore Edinburgh, my best friend lived there for 7 years and I went up to visit her at least once a year. It’s such a beautiful city and I think at it’s absolute best during the festival. It looks and sounds like you had a fab time and really made the most of your time in Scotland! #bloggerclubuk xx

  4. Fabulous, welcome to our beautiful city – I live just outside Edinburgh and lovely that you could come and join in the fun of the Festival. Sounds like you had an amazing time. Perhaps we could do coffee next time.

  5. This year is the first Festival I’ve missed in five or six years. I’ve never bothered with the Tattoo but I love the weird free Fringe shows, the Book Festival, the quiet hideaways off the Royal Mile and even the chaos of the ‘flyering’ section where everyone tries to convince you to go to THEIR show. Even after so many visits I know there are still places quite close to the centre that I haven’t visited – so I must go back πŸ™‚
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  6. Beautiful photos! We were there the second to last week in July and it was relatively quiet. It looks fun with all the events going on. I’m usually not a city person but, like you found, Edinburg was truly charming.

  7. I agree ! the old town is simply gorgeous ! There is so much to do in Edinburgh πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed the cemetery, to be able to see tom Riddle’s grave and the pub where JK Rowling wrote Harry potter. #citytripping

  8. Love your photos Tas, I’ve been meaning to come and read this for ages as I remember the first time you went to Edinburgh and how much you loved it. I’m with you, I would love there in a flash too! Me and James always say if we won the lottery we’d buy a flat there, it’s such an amazing city. Love how you’ve captured all the details from around the city and Z’s face on that photo with the scary man is so funny!
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  9. We visited in July a couple of years back just before the festival started and decided we’d definitely like to come back in August. So next year our plan is to visit during the festival – although I’ve already balked at the accommodation prices! Glad to hear there are lots of free events πŸ™‚ #citytripping

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