Edinburgh

“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.

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Edinburgh Castle from below. 

 

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Monument to Sir Walter Scott in the centre of the city

 

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The view from Holyrood Park is a must-see.

 

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Circus Lane is like a village within the city.

 

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Glorious stone in the Royal Mile

 

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If the weather is not suitable for walking around the city, visiting the Museum of Scotland is always a good idea. That’s where I learned that while there are around 5 million of people that are properly Scottish, there are more than 20 million all over the world that can trace their ancestry to this country.

 

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St Margaret’s Loch, Holyrood Park

 

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Grounds near Edinburgh Castle

 

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Victoria Street offers lots of shopping opportunities. 

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