Friday, 12 August 2016

EDINBURGH IN 5 DAYS


I left Edinburgh a few days ago after spending 5 days there with friends from overseas. None of us had ever been to Scotland and thought it would be a nice little getaway to catch up and spend some time together since we hadn’t seen each other for over a year! 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this city as I had heard mixed reviews, one piece of advise I would give you is remember your rain coat as you will need it! Most of the days it rained for at least an hour, although this didn’t ruin our trip we just adapted to the cold and wet weather. Other than that it was a great trip.

Fringe Festival
One thing I do have to say is if the Fringe Festival wasn’t on I think we would have been lost of things to do, Edinburgh is only so big afterall. If you are going outside of August I would suggest 3 days is enough to see what the city has to offer. Luckily the Fringe Festival was on so we had plenty to do! For those of you who don’t know the Fringe Festival is on for the entire month of August in Edinburgh and features musicals, comedians, magic acts, cabrets and music acts so there is plenty to choose from. The atmosphere for all these events was amazing! All the acts would perform on the streets to get everyone’s attention so you could "try before you buy" in a way. Another great thing about this festival is a lot of acts are free to watch and you simply pay what you think the show is worth. We saw quite a few acts including Laura London (magician), Abi Roberts (Comedian) and Elf Lyons (Comedian) and a few more. Spring Awakening the musical was the only performance we pre-booked and paid for beforehand, it was well worth it. The cast gave an incredible performance and were extremely talented, if you’re heading to Edinburgh this month I would suggest you put this musical on your list of things to do as you won’t be disappointed! 


Since Fringe was on there was also loads of markets to purchase some lovely little souvenirs for friends and family. There was also outdoor marquees where live music was played and you could get some street food and have a few cheeky drinks.  



Author’s Seat
If you enjoy hiking then Authur’s Seat should be on your todo list while in Edinburgh. Loz and I trekked up there about midday, we did attempt early morning but other things easily distracted us beforehand. This hike would normally take people about 2 hours at most, not for us, we stopped almost every 5 minutes to take photos and sit down now and again so it ended up taking just short of 5 hours for us by the time we returned to the hostel. It's great to take all these photos for memories, although the pictures never do it justice. Half way up we decided to try and do dual Yoga poses which was interesting, Loz is much more advanced in yoga than I plus when you’re upside down it can be difficult to know your left from your right aye! We finally got a few good shots before carrying on up the hill. We reached the top and god was it windy!!!!! Gale force winds I’ll tell you that! I could put almost all my bodyweight onto the wind and it would hold me up, although I didn’t follow this through completely as I would have injured myself knowing my luck when the wind stops blowing. As we’re at the top Loz attempts to do some yoga in this extremely strong wind and I couldn’t help but think please don’t hurt yourself as it’s a long way down and I don’t think I’ve got the strength to carry both of us haha! After she stops giving me a heart attack we head down the hill through these beautiful flowers and a view just as nice. We went through little foot paths which had netals either side so I got stung a lot, this wasn't ideally. After we did some rock climbing to get down as I think we took a path not often taken, we made it to the bottom safely with no known injuries! 



St Giles Cathedral
This is located in the centre of the city, if you enjoy architecture it’s a great monument to explore. 

Holyrood Palace
This is another beautiful building that I would suggest you go and see, I didn't pay to go inside but I've heard its pretty amazing.

Edinburgh Castle
Personally I didn’t go into Edinburgh castle and only went to view the outside, the castle itself is beautiful. Loz and Aroha both paid to go inside and said it was worth it but was smaller than they imagined.

Royal Botanical Gardens
I love visiting Botanical Gardens, you always know there will be something beautiful to look at. There were so many pretty flowers and mini waterfalls, it was so peaceful strolling around this place. Loz and I found a huge tree that we obviously had to take a few photos as always!

Highlands & Loch Ness Tour
Why not get out of the city for a day and explore a few places around Edinburgh, we decided to book a day tour around the highlands and up to Loch Ness. We got to see some beautiful scenery along the way although we weren’t expecting to spend so much time on the coach. We did stop occasionally for 5 minutes to take some photos but not enough in my opinion. To be honest this tour was not worth the money as it was £46 per person, we were told it also included lunch and a boat tour of Loch Ness, which it didn’t and these were added extras. 

Drinks at Tiger Lily
I wouldn’t have know about this amazing place if it wasn’t for my mother, she suggested we go here for drinks. As always mother has all the great ideas, it was indeed a pretty place, very relaxed and they made gorgeous cocktails. This is also a hotel so it might be an option for the next time I visit. Although since I didn't expect to be taking photos I didn't have my camera, it was dark and my iPhone photos didn't turn out the best.

The Elephant Café 
For those of you who don’t know the Elephant Café is where J.K. Rowling got the inspiration for the first Harry Potter book. It’s said that she would come to the café to write and only order one cup of coffee and made it last as that’s all she could afford. She would always choose the table by the window so she could look outside and let her imagination run wild. You can tell that she did indeed get the inspiration for Hogwarts from Edinburgh castle as they have a lot of similarities, she also took other little bits from Edinburgh for the book so it was amazing to see where everything came from.


Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

2 comments

  1. Uu, Edinburgh, I love going to Edinburgh! It has such a nice vibe and I love how you can see Arthur's seat almost from anywhere in the city! I am happy you had a great time there! If you ever go again and not in august, you might want to google other events as well, as there is always loads going on with musicals and theatre. Also old town and Leith are worth a visit, the city is great for shopping and they have a zoo as well! :)

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  2. Yes it was a great trip, I'm happy I finally went to Edinburgh. Thanks for the tips I will keep this in mind for my next visit :)

    Thanks for reading hun :)
    xxxx

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