Spring break is here and after a mean deadline on Friday I decided to give myself a day off this weekend to work on all the blog post I never got around to posting. First up is the last bit about Edinburgh. Gosh I miss Scotland! I’ve always had it big for the countries overseas, but I never thought I’d fall so hard again after London. Edinburgh now holds a special place in my heart and we will return. But what else could you expect from a city that has everything I live for: friendly people, good food, coffee bars, a rich history, nature, a botanical and department stores with the best home departments ever.
I’ve shared about the botanical gardens
and Calton Hill
already, and in this post I give you an overview of the other things we did, starting with Arthurs Seat
. The volcanic hill rises high above the Scottish capital and gives you mesmerizing panoramic views over the city. Because of the rain it was impossible to climb all the way up, but we managed to get almost there. After the climb, we walked through Holyrood Park and made our way back to the city for drinks in a pub. Holyrood park
, together with Inverleith park
, were two of my favorite spots in town.
Our trip to Edinburgh included a mini “try something new every day”-challenge. First up: haggis. We stumbled across Patisserie Valérie on Rose street one morning and decided to go for a full Scottish breakfast. Basically an English breakfast with an extra side of haggis. It was… not that bad actually! But this comes from a girl who ate worm-schnitzels last week. Yes, for real. Not bad either. Anyway. We also made an attempt at drinking tea everyday. Not so much a success for me, but K is still going strong two months later! I even gave him a tea set for his birthday recently. On our last day we tried eggs Benedict at the Southern Cross Cafe on Cockburn street. Very much recommended!
On our way up to Edinburgh Castle (which we eventually did not visit that day) we came past the farmers market on Castle Terrace
that offered many different delicacies we had never tried. Perfect for our challenge! I played safe with a meat pie, because I knew what was coming next: deep fried mars bars
! Bridgette from The Headless Mannequin
had recommended to stop by a place on Grassmarket
, which is within walking distance of the castle. Deep fried mars bars basically taste like pancakes with a truckload of Nutella on them. So. Freaking. Gooooood
. I went for a second one. #YOLO. We lingered around Grassmarket and Victoria street
for a while. You will find The Red Door Gallery
, a shop with beautiful illustrations and gifts, on Victoria street just in case your are looking for a perfect souvenir.
When you are in Edinburgh you inevitably end up on The Royal Mile. The street stretches from Holyrood park to Edinburgh Castle and has the most beautiful buildings lining the cobble stone street. There are also many narrow pathways leading you away from the rather busy street and hiding beautiful open spaces, the Lady Stair’s close probably being the most well-known of them all. Just off The Royal Mile, on St. Mary street, there’s a cute little shortbread bakery called Pinnies and Poppy Seeds. Another food item that was on my must-try list and so it happened.
Finally, on the very last day, we made it up to the Edinburgh Castle. We also had tickets for the Camera Obscura and to be honest the showing and roof terrace were the best parts. The museum itself… hmm… I was not a fan. Much more fun was had afterwards on the Grassmarket, where we had our last meal and a dessert I had been looking forward to after spotting it on menus all around town: Rocky Road pie! Cookie crumbs, marshmallows and a good dose of chocolate. YES PUHLEASE.
And lastly two photos from a late evening that I liked but didn’t know where to put. I hope you enjoyed my tour around Edinburgh and we’ll travel again soon. Who’s up for a little bit of Germany!?