A Weekend In Edinburgh
We like to do something special for Valentines. Last year we went to Budapest which was absolutely amazing and you can read all about it here. This year however, we went somewhere slightly closer to home…Edinburgh. We spent the weekend in the Scottish capital as Valentines Day falls inconveniently on a Tuesday this year. It was such a nice weekend and my first time in Edinburgh and well, Scotland too! We picked a fab weekend weather-wise. I’m talking freezing cold temperatures where you can’t feel your hands which made photo taking for my blog extremely difficult. Not to mention the nice wind and rain. We can’t forget the rain! Despite that, we took it like the true northerners we are and still wore little clothing in the evening…huge mistake. Here’s how we spent our weekend in Edinburgh…
After a 7am start, a full English breakfast and fresh pastries went down a treat at the hotel. First up, we headed to Edinburgh castle, making a de-tour at the National Museum of Scotland. I say it was a de-tour but it was an accidental de-tour as we got lost on the way to the castle despite it being about 5 minutes from our hotel…we are both complete idiots when it comes to maps and directions!! The National Museum of Scotland reminded me a bit of the National History Museum in London. After keeping warm inside for a bit, we then went to find the castle before heading through Princes Street Gardens to Princes Street for a spot of shopping. It’s around this area where all the well-known shops are like Topshop and H&M.
We wandered around the nice streets trying to get our bearings and choosing some nice looking bars for the evening before heading to the Royal Mile which is one of the main streets in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
Down a narrow side street just off the Royal Mile, we found the Devil’s Advocate and stopped by for a cocktail. We’d been recommended this place by someone we knew and we were so glad we found it. It’s very hidden and unless you stumbled across it, you’d probably have no idea it was there. The cocktails are a bit crazy but so delicious and the waitress who served us was so friendly. She even said if we didn’t like the cocktails then she would make us some more. It’s all dark and cosy and the perfect place to stop off mid shopping or sight seeing.
After cocktails, we did a bit more exploring and found the colourful Victoria Street. It’s a quirky little street with shops and cafes all painted bright and colourful. We headed inside a café for a spot of lunch. There’s so many cafes and restaurants in Edinburgh so if you go, you will be spoilt for choice! After lunch, we headed back to the hotel to relax for a bit and get ready for the evening.We ended up eating at a little Italian restaurant just off George Street where we’d been told a lot of the bars were. It was called Papavero and we got a starter and a main course and some wine. I went for Spaghetti Vongole and my boyfriend chose the seafood pizza. It was a nice little cosy restaurant with friendly service. The food was nice but nothing incredible! I didn’t take my camera out in the evening in the fear of losing it so I didn’t take too many photos that night!
Next, we headed to some bars. The Dome is SO nice for drinks. My parents went to Edinburgh about a year ago and said it’s also a good place for afternoon tea but we only saw it in the evening. It’s very glam and the building is so nice. Tigerlily is also very nice for drinks! We got carried away and ended up going from nice classy drinks to shots and vodka lemonades in various bars including an American diner…I don’t remember much of the evening but I do remember waking up in the morning with my makeup still on, way past our check out time. Oh and the WORST headache ever.
The next day we were pretty fragile but luckily the cold weather sorted us out a bit and we headed up to Calton Hill to see the views of Edinburgh. It was FREEZING. We couldn’t stay up there too long though because it was far too cold.
Then we went in search of a hangover cure and ended up stopping for some food at The Refinery in St Andrew Square. We sat on the comfy armchairs and had chicken burgers and truffle oil, parmesan and rosemary chips. It was delicious and just what we needed.
Then we had a little wander around the streets until we stopped again at The Inn on the Mile which is a really nice pub in the middle of the Royal Mile. The atmosphere is really good and because Scotland were playing in the rugby, it was super busy. Afterwards, we had another walk before hopping back on the train to Leeds.
Edinburgh is such a lovely city. My only regret is not packing a hundred more layers to wear as it was a LOT colder than I thought it would be. Maybe I should visit in summer next time?! The buildings are so nice and there’s lots to do including so many cafes, bars and shops to keep you warm in between seeing the sights. It’s a lot less chaotic than London too! Have you been to Edinburgh before? What do you think of the city?