enchanting Edinburgh - Scotland

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I thought since I shared my recent adventure to Glasgow with you last week I would continue with the Scotland theme today and tell you about the time I went to enchanting Edinburgh with my Mum, who was visiting from New Zealand.

This was back in 2012, prior to my getting married and we decided to have a long weekend in the Scottish capital to sightsee, get in some girl time, and most importantly wedding dress shop! Now don't worry - this is not a wedding post. In between dress shopping we walked all over this enchanting city, and ticked all my key travel boxes - culture, food, architecture, history, shopping, cake :)

So without further ado - here are my top eight Edinburgh highlights....

1. Shopping on Victoria Street - in the Old Town of Edinburgh
Not only is this street incredibly beautiful with it's elegant curve and historic architecture but the selection of boutique shops just waiting to be browsed is mighty fine.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Victoria Street, Edinburgh

2. Eating haggis for the first time - and actually loving it!
Okay, so I know this looks like quite posh haggis, but I loved the peppery, meaty flavour and texture. And when finished off with creamy mash and a whiskey sauce - what's not to like?

My first taste of haggis, Scotland
my first taste of haggis

3. Going on a scary night time ghost tour
Cliché, yes. Fun, yes yes! I'm not normally one for tours but this was great fun, we got to see some areas of the city I wouldn't have found myself, and we learnt a whole lot of freaky history along the way.

4. Visiting the Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge over the Firth of Forth 14 kilometres west of Edinburgh. It spans a total length of 2,528.7 metres (8,296 feet). It's construction began in 1883 and took 7 years to complete. My great grandfather was one of the engineers that worked on the Forth Bridge in his early 20s before he emigrated to New Zealand, and my mum grew up with stories from her dad about her grandfather that worked on this impressive structure. It was pretty amazing for both of us to finally see the Forth Bridge in person.

Forth Bridge, Scotland
Forth Bridge, Scotland

5. Indulging in flat whites galore
Edinburgh has a great independent café culture and most cafés do actually know what a flat white is. Hallelujah!

Flat white - Edinburgh
flat white - amazing!

6. And speaking of cafés - visiting The Elephant House
The Elephant House was made famous as the spot where J.K. Rowling sat, dreamed up and wrote the Harry Potter series overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Can you see the castle through the window?

The Elephant House café in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter
The Elephant House café in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter

7. Visiting Edinburgh Castle
Sitting high above Edinburgh city sits Edinburgh Castle on its great rock. Definitely make this the one attraction you do visit while in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle has a varied and colourful history. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty has lived and died within its walls, and numerous generations have been and inspired by it.

8. Amazing cupcakes at Cuckoo's Bakery
Recommended by the lovely Zoë from Conversation Pieces. I may have been wedding dress shopping but it was impossible to say no to this cupcake perfection. Next time you're in Edinburgh make sure you stop by.

Cuckoo's Bakery - Edinburgh
cupcake from Cuckoo's Bakery

Have a great weekend everyone.

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20 comments

  1. I love Edinburgh! I scheduled a visit for work twice so it would overlap with the Fringe Festival. It is amazing there.

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    1. I would love to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! I'm always put off by the prices tho, guess I need to be more organised and get in early :)

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  2. Love your photos. Hope to visit Edinburgh very soon.

    -Madeline
    http://www.madelinefedmont.com
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  3. Definitely want to go to The Elephant House and the Castle! May have to try this cupcake place too. I go in a couple of weeks :) Oh, and I want to try Haggis!

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    1. You'll have a great time. Edinburgh is stunning and a great town for all types of holiday explorations! I highly recommend the cupcakes.

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  4. Was your ghost tour of the underground vaults? I had the funniest experience doing those!

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    1. Yep - and me too, but I don't want to write about it here in case I ruin the surprise for anyone who signs up for the tour ;)

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  5. Say and think what you will; I'm going to say it anyway: I love haggis! There, I said it! :)

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    1. Good on you. I think I shall go with a 'I like haggis' stance, but not every day!

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  6. I love haggis too. Lovely post!

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    1. Yay!! Thanks Natasha. Loving your Audrey Hepburn post this week - she is my style icon!

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  7. I adore Edinburgh - and will be moving there very soon - and I'm learning a few things through your post! I never knew you could visit the bridge! And what an amazing story with your great-grandfather!! Wow! I'm not a fan of haggis I must say (well I eat very vegetarian so that's hard in general in Scotland), but I hear that it's very good when it's well made! And I had never heard of that bakery, now I look forward to tryint it out! :)

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    1. Good luck with the move, no doubt you'll find many gorgeous spots for a cuppa and cake :)

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  8. Aren't the Forth Bridge, and the Edinburgh cafes fab!

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    1. The Forth Bridge was breathtaking. A sight I've been wanting to see for a very long time

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  9. Love this post on one of my favourite cities. That's such a great shot in the Elephant Cafe! Did you visit Greyfriars Cemetery too? I had fun spotting some of the character names on the gravestones!

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    1. No, I completely missed the cemetery. Boo! Oh well, next trip

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  10. I love, love Edinburgh. I would LOVE to wedding dress shop there haha. What a great place for a girls' weekend!

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    1. It was lovely Amy :) Thanks for stopping by

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