a flying visit to Edinburgh, Scotland

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Edina ! Scotia's darling seat ! 

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cites in the UK. Mostly because it reminds me a lot of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand where I went to university - except with better architecture. Edinburgh's a great city to spend some time out in when taking a break from London.

So when I was offered free flights up to Edinburgh from London for just a day last Saturday, I thought why not? The flights were for a short conference on Saturday afternoon, so I did what any sensible travel-hungry person would do and booked the earliest flight up and the latest flight back possible so I would have ample time to enjoy Edinburgh in the newly Spring sunshine...

tourists gather outside the famous Edinburgh Castle
tourists gather outside the famous Edinburgh Castle

My morning started very early - 5am in fact was the time I roused myself from bed (so early for a Saturday!) and headed for Heathrow airport. But the early start was well worth the lack of sleep when I jumped off the Edinburgh airport bus in the West End around 9:30am, grabbed a artisan coffee and began my explorations...

strolling through the West End in Edinburgh early Saturday morning
strolling through the West End in Edinburgh early Saturday morning

One of the things I love about Edinburgh are the lovely wide, cobbled streets. Almost every intersection in the city centre seems to be watched over by at least one grand statue and it can feel a bit like wandering through an outdoor museum.

Victoria Street - Edinburgh
my favourite street in Edinburgh - Victoria Street

Over the course of the day I strolled through the West End, Princes street and the surrounding shopping area, old town with the famous Royal Mile, up to Edinburgh castle and down to the Grassmarket, pausing to enjoy my favourite street of them all - the beautiful Victoria Street.

second hand bookshops - Edinburgh
second hand bookshops - Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby dog statue - Edinburgh
Greyfriars Bobby dog statue - Edinburgh

The smallest statue in Edinburgh is not of a man, but of a dog - Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself in 1872. These days tourists rub his nose for luck.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Before the afternoon sun had set I paused for a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle just a few metres down the road from The Elephant House café where J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. It was the view from the café that apparently inspired the story.

Edinburgh Castle skyline
Edinburgh Castle skyline

The moral of this blog post? If you get the opportunity to visit Edinburgh and wander her lovely streets - do so! And say hi from me.

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6 comments

  1. Love the third photo down - such beautiful streets and Bobby dog too of course. I love Edinburgh - forever in my heart x

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    1. Thanks Holly :) All this pics were snapped on my phone, so I'm pretty happy with how they came out. Helps when you have such a lovely city to photograph.

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  2. I've never been to Edinburgh, Victoria Street looks amazing! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Victoria Street is short, steep and very pretty. Make sure you plan a trip to Edinburgh at some stage - I think you'd take lovely photos there Natasha.

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  3. Isn't it great getting off a plane or train as early as 9.30 on a Saturday morning - I realised that recently after early morning eurostar trips but it made me realise how much travel we could all get done if we all woke up at 5 am on a Saturday not that I'd ever be able to do so regularly!! I went to Edinburgh once many years ago but didn't actually end up seeing much - would love to go back one day!

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    1. It's definitely great getting off the plane early, but I have to admit it was a struggle to board the plane even earlier! Something I'll aim to do once in a while... Edinburgh is lovely, especially in the warmer months.

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