So I am starting to write travel blogs, and thought why not include the city that I live in. I feel as though Edinburgh is such an underestimated city. It is a beautiful city, with the mixture of old town and new town, it shows how history has evolved and is still evolving. Although, we may not have the best weather conditions, we do have great historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle.
I would definitely recommend going into Edinburgh Castle if you have never been because who would want to miss the chance to see the Royal Crown Jewels in person? You get to see the history of Edinburgh and you also get an amazing view of the city!
If you walk from Edinburgh Castle, along The High Street which is commonly known as The Royal Mile, you get to witness the beauty of Old Town. Cobbled streets, many Closes which link up the streets of Edinburgh, old buildings, pubs, St. Giles Cathedral, a variety of museums are just a small number of things which make up The Royal Mile.
If you keep walking all the way down The Royal Mile, you will get to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Park (commonly known as Arthur’s seat which is the highest point). You can go up in your car or if you are up for a challenge, hike up on a sunny day and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the city.
I love the National Museum of Scotland and I would definitely go there if it is a rainy day in Edinburgh (which is very likely). The National Art Gallery is also another place I would visit. There are two buildings: one is the main gallery and the other is used for exhibitions.
You might have heard of the story of Greyfriars Bobby, if not it is the story of a dog who was very close with his owner, John. Once John died, Bobby refused to leave his owner’s grave. This continued on for 14 years until Bobby passed away in 1872. Greyfriars Bobby is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard which is opposite Bobby’s statue. His headstone says “Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.” Apparently, rubbing Greyfriars Bobby’s nose, will give you good luck, hence why his nose is discoloured as so many people have done it.
Beside Greyfriars Bobby which is on George IV Bridge, is also the cafe where J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter. The famous cafe is known as The Elephant House. She used names from the gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard for inspiration for the names of the characters in her books. So, why not check it out when you’re there, just don’t go during the night, you never know what you might see!
If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, I suggest going to Princess Street, George Street and Multree’s Walk. It can get quite tiring if you have been walking a long distance so why not stop off and take a breather in Princes Street Gardens. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the castle whilst you relax.
If you want another breathtaking view of the city, you can walk up Calton Hill. Edinburgh is a city that is layered, which means there are streets which are literally built on top of each other. Victoria Street is a famous street for this and also Grassmarket, where the majority of the pubs are.
If you fancy going to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Brittania and even do more shopping, you could do so at Ocean Terminal. If it is a nice sunny day why not take a stroll through Leith Walk.
The meadows are a bit further out of town but if it is a nice day, it is the perfect place for a BBQ. I love the meadows especially in April because there are cherry blossom trees on both sides of the path! It is about a 10 minute walk from the National Museum of Scotland so it is not far at all.
Anyway, that is all I have got about being a Tourist in Edinburgh. There are many more monuments, museums and art galleries to have look at. During August, there is the Fringe Festival and I would definitely recommend visiting during that period because it brings so many people together. There is so much to that you will never be bored!
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller