You might have realized a little bit of a radio silence on here the past week. That’s because, apart from writing two exams, I celebrated my 23rd birthday on Thursday and then took up en route Edinburgh for the weekend. We spent three days – that were in total sadly not much more than 36 hours – walking through the city that I so utterly fell in love with the minute I first laid my eyes on it. So today I want to talk you through our Edinburgh experience and provide you with a little Edinburgh travel guide.
Charlotte Brontë once described Edinburgh as being to London what poetry is to prose. And I couldn’t agree more. The Scottish capital, with its majestic castle sitting upon a hill in the midst of the buzz and glamour of the streets, is so intriguing, so historical, and yet also firmly set in the 21st century. Its charming atmosphere and proud reflection upon the sheer drama of its past make it a one of a kind city, drawing in tourists and stealing hearts from all over the world.
EDINBURGH TRAVEL GUIDE
As already mentioned, we didn’t have that much time in Edinburgh and wanted to fit in as much as possible without being too stressed and exhausted at the end of the weekend. I was supposed to be my time off from all the stress back home, after all. We had an amazing time and managed to see most of the city while still being totally chilled out.
In general, I think it’s best to explore Edinburgh by foot. Simply walk around town, marvel at the cute little shops, have coffee or tea in one of the cute cafés and roam the alleys and magical streets of the Scottish capital.
Hike up Arthur’s Seat
Hands down my favorite activity from this little Edinburgh travel guide. Despite it being super rainy and windy, hiking up Arthur’s seat was so much fun and the view from the top definitely made up for all the struggle on the way up. There were different routes to the top, and I somehow managed to opt for the hardest one, taking us up steep hills and slippery rocks. However, we had the time of our lives, running up the hill and looking at the city and the sea.
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is a century-old street, running through Edinburgh and connects some of the most important spots in the city. This is also why it’s always crowded with tourists. If you plan on visiting Edinburgh Castle, make sure to walk the Royal Mile, step into the cute closes along the road and take a peek at Holyrood Palace.
One simply cannot visit Edinburgh without having been to the famous castle. The castle is beautiful and historical and gives you all the feels. Our hotel was about 10 minutes from the castle and we easily walked there a couple of times because we liked it so much. During nighttime, it can be quite creepy, though.
Victoria Street sure is one of the most unusual and interesting streets I have ever seen. Every fangirl’s heart might now beat a bit faster, as this is where J.K. Rowling drew her inspiration for the famous Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter books. So cool, eh! The colorful storefronts are incredibly picturesque and the little shops so charming.
Circus lane was one of the things that intrigued me the most. Someone recommended this gem to me on Instagram and after a quick google search, I was sure I needed to go there. It’s a quirky and historic little street hidden in Shoreditch and most certainly one of the most beautiful living areas I have ever seen. I mean duh, so cute!
Also check out my Edinburgh Food Guide!
AIRPORT TRANSFER: Getting to the city from Edinburgh airport is super easy & cheap. A return ticket for the bus line costs about 8£. The bus leaves every 10 minutes and brings you to the city centre in about 40 min.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh? Do you have anything to add to this little Edinburgh Travel Guide?