“I did not expect Edinburgh to be this spectacular” This is what I told my sister after the first day walking the streets of the capital of Scotland. And it’s true, I hadn’t. I had thought it was a bit like Dublin or perhaps like Liverpool. I had envisioned stone, wet and cold weather, a city “up there in the North”, but none of the majesty, the monumentality, the tall, dark, massive stone buildings.
It was a quick 45-minute flight from Bristol and I arrived at night. Next day, I was up early and the first thing I did was to talk to Calton Hill to admire the view, which did not disappoint. From there, I found the famous Royal Mile and walked up to the Castle. I entered the surrounding park and visited the grounds. It was late April and there was a brisk and freezing breeze, but no matter, the vistas were dramatic indeed. The thing with Edinburgh, is that it’s located in a pretty attractive area. Land and hills on one side, and the North Sea on the other give it a lot of visual interest.
There is plenty to do in Edinburgh: From walking up and down the Royal Mile, to walking around Victoria Street, Old Calton Burial Ground, Holyrood Park and just getting lost in those glorious stony streets.