A weekend in Edinburgh

This weekend husband and I spent 3 days in Edinburgh, Scotland. We got home late last night and would give our right arms to have stayed another 3 days. Edinburgh was immense. Even when I went through our photos this morning, I had a tough time narrowing down which ones to share. I whittled it down to 24. And even that was a struggle.

We flew over early Friday morning and checked into The Glasshouse Hotel, all sneakily booked and organised by husband. He did good. 

When we checked in, we were bumped up to a delux suite which was nothing short of lush. At the end of each day we longed nothing more than to go back to our hotel room. After walking 10+ hours, all we could think about was the larger than life bath tub and fluffy bed which were perfect for getting over the bitter weather. Less than a 10 minute walk from the centre, if you find yourself in Edinburgh, I strongly suggest you stay here. It’s luxury.

When we hit the streets of Edinburgh on Friday, I was rather pleasantly surprised to spy my favourite colour. Everywhere! Edinburgh had a running theme of my favourite berry hue. I’m assuming this is the city’s colour, as it was everywhere. But you won’t hear me complaining. I did however wreck husbands head by pointing it out at every opportunity. 
I don’t know what we were expecting from Edinburgh, but we weren’t expecting what we found. The buildings, the streets, the scale and the history. And the buildings. Did I mention the buildings? Edinburgh was a feast for my eyes. 

On Friday we took a bus tour around the city and further wandered for hours around Our Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Parliament Buildings, and the Palace of Holyrood. Stopping and creeping and photographing. We had bright blue skies met with bitter cold. We weren’t well prepared for the cold so sitting on the open-top tour bus took its toll. It snowed in the late evening but as we love snow, it just made is squeee an embarrassing amount. We walked up Calton Hill before retiring to our hotel. We were so cold that we basically slipped into hibernation the moment we got to our room. 

The next day we were a bit more prepared for the cold. It was a colder day, but as we wore all the clothes we packed, we were warmer. I wore my dress, skirt, 2 scarves, 2 pairs of tights, hat, faux fur thing, gloves and coat and I even used my own hair as insulation inside my coat. We were still cold. But it was a good excuse to stop in for whisky and hot beverages every chance we could. We ate haggis [which I now adore. I found it to be a cross between white and black pudding] and drank all the Innis & Gunn. 
On Saturday we ventured around Edinburgh Castle. We made our way up, and the views were mind = blown … 

The view from Edinburgh Castle was immense. I can’t even. Snowy mountains, mismatched rooftops, spires and even a soldiers’ dog graveyard. This and the tale of Greyfriars Bobby got us right in the feels.

We wandered up and down The Royal Mile, visited the Games Masters exhibit in The National Museum of Scotland, and stopped in for lunch at the Whiski Rooms. Again with the Edinburgh berry. On point. Oh and though it’s more of a Glasgow thing I think, we indulged in a deep fried Mars bar. And I thought it was heaven. 

We visited the Edinburgh Dungeon at night which was equal parts creepy, informative and terrifying. We could have done with a few more days in Edinburgh, but we managed to pack in a serious amount in the 3 days we were here.

Edinburgh, you blew our minds. We will be back. 

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  1. January 19, 2015 / 14:36

    I loved Princes street. Old on one side, new on the other.

  2. January 19, 2015 / 15:28

    Yay! I always feel particularly spoilt getting to live in Edinburgh.

    Now that you've got the big sights out of the way, you'll have to come back for an antiques and charity shop trawl!

    • January 19, 2015 / 15:52

      YES! I've heard of the illusive Edinburgh charity shop routes! Since we only had 3 days, I didn't want to subject husband to it. As you say, it deserves a trip of its own.

      p.s. You are so lucky to be living in Edinburgh. It's beautiful.

  3. January 19, 2015 / 20:01

    Wow, your photos are beautiful! So glad you had such an amazing time! I feel an Edinburgh trip in my future!
    Love that picture of you with ALL your clothes on! Very cute berry hat too.
    I've always wanted to try a deep fried Mars bar, I know I'd love it… mmm!
    Maria xx

    • January 20, 2015 / 19:38

      Oh Maria. Deep fried Mars bars are so gooey and just perfect. I could have had 3 of them, but I fear I wouldn't have been able to close my already bursting coat.

  4. January 20, 2015 / 09:46

    Oh my goodness, it's such a stunning city! Your pictures are amazing! And you packed loads into 3 days – wow! I'm going to remember this post when we finally plan a getaway there. I did have a bit of an LOL at your lovely WRAPPED IN EVERYTHING picture – you are too cute!! xxx

    • January 20, 2015 / 19:42

      It was so cold that we really did need to wear ALL OF THE CLOTHES. I also think I'm losing my Canadian tolerance for cold, which was mostly embarrassing because I made a deal out of it being only -7.

      I really should have called this post 'Edin-burrrrrrr'.

      I know, terrible. I'll resign now.