Some of you who follow me on Instagram may know that I recently went on a week-long trip to Edinburgh for my 21st – as I have done nothing but post about it for the last week, haha (sorry).
Instead of giving you a boring day-by-day rundown of what I did (no one wants that!), I have decided to narrow it down to the top places I would definitely recommend visiting.
1). Edinburgh Castle
If you want somewhere to go that has stunning cityscape views of Edinburgh then look no further! The castle is an ideal place to take beautiful photos of the surrounding city and it’s also packed full of history. (If you don’t like heights I DO NOT recommend looking over the edge – it was pretty high…)
2). Victoria Street & Museum Context
This little quirky street is packed full of independent shops that have beautiful brightly coloured shopfronts – perfect for that Instagram shot! Also, for any Harry Potter fans out there it is home to Museum Context, a unique shop filled with wizarding wonders – from love potions to house-themed towels, perfect for any fan (you can never have too much HP merch!).
3). Greyfriars Kirkyard
Now, this graveyard is far from creepy! It’s in a beautiful location overlooking the city and the architecture of the tombstones is beautiful. Also, it is home to the legend of Greyfriars Bobby, a tale of a dog who guarded its owners grave every day for 14 years until he passed away himself (how sad!). If the HP fans are still reading – this is also the home to a certain Thomas Riddle’s gravestone!
4). George IV Bridge – The Elephant House Cafe
I apologise in advance for the non-Harry Potter fans (if you exist!). This cafe is where J.K. Rowling is rumoured to have started writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Word of warning though, it’s always packed with muggles so be sure to go early to grab a table.
5). The Royal Mile
One of Edinburgh’s most iconic attractions – the Royal Mile is overflowing with patriotic shops, pubs and eccentric little side streets! Here you can find everything from Scottish memorabilia to the famous Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (we sadly missed out on this but it’s been highly recommended!).
6). Playfair Steps
These scenic steps are great for capturing those perfect shots of the Scott Monument, Balmoral Hotel and the beautiful Princes St Gardens. More than that, you can often see street performers and browse some lovely handmade craft stalls!
7). Edinburgh Zoo
PANDA! Sorry, I’m still extremely happy that I managed to see my favourite animal in the world – even if it was asleep. As well as the pandas, there are also so many other amazing animals to see, from koalas to lions, tigers, bears and even tarantulas (NOPE). They also have a pretty impressive gift shop to stock up on all those essential snow globes and animal-related products you didn’t know you needed.
8). Dean Village
Strangely enough, this idyllic village lies just a short walk from the city centre and has the most gorgeous 19th-century houses. Another great place for those much needed Instagram shots – especially overlooking the bridge and along the water of Leith walkway!
9). George Street & Hanover Street
Now, this is where one the best part of going on holiday comes in – the shopping! For those lucky people who have some money, George St is crowded with designer stores and one of my favourite shops – Anthropologie. Hanover St has some great places to eat (blog post coming soon!) and is also home to another of my faves – Oliver Bonas! I wish I could decorate my house with everything in that shop… And of course if you like to be saver savvy, duty-free at Edinburgh Airport is a great place to pick up some luxury products with a cheaper price tag – they even have a Jo Malone (heaven).
10). Edinburgh Sight-Seeing Tour
If you don’t have a lot of time in Edinburgh, the hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing bus tour is a great way to compact all of the amazing sights into just half-a-day. Visiting the following:
- Edinburgh Castle
- National Museum of Scotland
- Old Town
- Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Calton Hill
- New Town
To sum it up – I LOVED EDINBURGH. It is definitely somewhere to put on your bucket list!
p.s. Have you been to Edinburgh? Where did you go? Did you enjoy it?