Monday, 22 January 2018

A WEEKEND IN EDINBURGH

With the last shortbread biscuit eaten and the sound of ~actual bagpipes being played on the streets~ but a distant memory, our trip to Edinburgh is officially over. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect having never visited Scotland before, so armed with a list full of suggestions from twitter humans, my boyfriend and I started our first adventure together. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, and managed to see a little bit of everything the city had to offer in either brilliant sunshine or a wintry wonderland, making for gorgeous photos and a new collection of memories that won't be forgotten in a hurry.


Once we'd arrived on Friday our first stop was the White Hart Inn, claiming to be the oldest pub in Edinburgh, before heading to our Air BnB flat for the weekend. It was our first time using Air BnB and despite our flat being a little further out from the centre than we'd initially thought, we were super pleased. (If you want to get £25 off your first stay in an Air BnB property, follow this link.) It's a much cheaper alternative to hotels and a more ~homey~ experience. Our first trip of (too) many Ubers then saw us visiting Portobello beach just in time for the sky to do its pretty thing at sunset. On Friday night we ate at Dishoom, offering Bombay street food which tasted amazing, and there were plenty of veggie dishes to choose from.


For Saturday's agenda we'd booked a typical touristy City Sightseeing Bus Tour which took us around all of the major destinations, and from there we visited the castle (without actually going in), the National Museum of Scotland (free, huge and housing a T-Rex skeleton) and Calton Hill, where we took the most gorgeous photos of the city from above. If I could recommend one thing to do whilst in Edinburgh it would definitely be to take the short walk to the top and see the most beautiful view. We also ate the most incredible food at Paradise Palms, a vegan/veggie restaurant; the 'Lucky Dawg' and the 'Jerk Jackfruit Po' Boy' were up there with the best food I've ever eaten. 11/10.


Although our final day was burdened with suitcases, we took advantage of the £4.00 all day/any bus tickets and visited the Royal Botanic Garden, not to be disappointed. Just before we paid to go into the tropical glasshouses, it started to snow, and by the time we came out, the gardens had been transformed into a dreamy winter scene that could only be described as magical. If you are a fellow plant lover, the ten huge glasshouses are a must-see (and offer a much needed warmth to contrast the bitterly cold Scottish winter). Our last meal was at the Ting Thai Caravan, a (cash-only) fast paced and very popular restaurant; if you're a fan of Thai food it's an ideal place to try, however apparently get's super busy sometimes and so you may have to queue outside.


With beaches, gorgeous city views and amazing restaurants catering for veggies, we had the best weekend (despite the slightly crippling cold) and can't wait to visit again in the future. If you've been wondering whether to take a trip to Edinburgh, let this be your sign; it's got it all!

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