A short stop on my 4 month trip to Europe was to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland! My sister and I only spent 3 days here, but we really enjoyed our short time in this historic city.
We secured a housesit through Trusted Housesitters and looked after the cutest cat and dog while the homeowners were away for the weekend. (This is one of the ways we saved money on our trip, which you can read more about here)
We really (and I mean really!!) lucked out with this housesit. It was located just blocks from downtown and right in the center of a UNESCO heritage site. The location was stunning!! The street was filled with old, beautiful walk ups and had a beautiful view of the Edinburgh Castle from the street. Breathtaking was an understatement!
During our visit we mainly wandered through all the gorgeous streets and parks, and took lots of photos of course ;) We walked through Princes Street Gardens below Edinburgh Castle, this was a quiet little oasis away from the bustling city, it was quite lovely and secluded!
We continued our walk and made our way to Circus Lane which I read online was one of Edinburgh's most picturesque streets. It really was so cute! And surprisingly quiet. (I find most pretty/photo worthy locations are packed with tourists so this was a pleasant surprise.)
Then we ended the day by briefly going to the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is free to go into, so we thought hey why not!? But by this point we were already tired of walking and cut it short (so my conclusion is to plan a trip to the museum on a day with less walking and activities planned.)
The next day we when to Victoria Street, which is the most colourful street in Edinburgh (I love anything colourful so I had to go) and afterwards my sister and I came across a food fair which was an unexpected surprise (I didn’t get any photos but you can see it in the vlog!) I got fries topped with a delicious crab mixture, I don't really know what was in it, but it was delicious!
Later that day we climbed up Calton Hill to overlook the city. I decided to wear little black booties this day, which wasn’t the worst… but I also don’t recommend. My sister also started feeling sick while we were in Edinburgh so we decided to skip the hike up Arthur's Seat. I've heard it has even better views of the city so if you are planning a visit this would be a must-do activity!
The history of this city was incredible, and so different from what I'm used to in Canada. I also found it quite cool that J.K. Rowling would sit in cafe's overlooking the castle while writing the Harry Potter series. I can totally see how this city sparked her creativity because I definitely left feeling inspired. Watch our vlog of our trip to Edinburgh below!
I would love to hear if you have been (or are considering going) to Edinburgh and what your favourite part of this city was?
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