Recently me and Marius spent a week in Edinburgh. It was my first time ever in Scotland and Edinburgh was one of the places I’ve always been desperate to see.
Edinburgh soon became on of my favourite cities. There so much to see and do and Edinburgh has something to offer for everyone. We stayed in the West End region, which was perfect as we were located close to everything and were able to explore on foot. There were so many different places to eat, you have all your traditional chain restaurants and so many independent places too.
We were exceptionally lucky that for the whole week we were there we had sunshine every day except for the odd light drizzly shower. It was pure bliss strolling around, the sun shining, with bagpipes playing in the background. There was a very Gothic feel to the architecture and it was just stunning, every corner was like something from a post card.
Plus it had the best atmosphere, everyone was very warm, relaxed and so welcoming.
The old town was definitely my favourite part. We spent quite a bit of time exploring this area and fell in love with the quirky shops, cosy places to eat and the winding roads with tall buildings and steep stair cases everywhere.
The New town is also worth a visit. There’s so many lovely luxury and high end shops to browse. There’s not many cities where you can go shopping with a medieval castle looming in the background. We did some shopping on Princess street alongside the breath taking views of castle and Old Town. We had a lovely time walking through princess park too, it was so beautiful with the autumn leaves scattered everywhere.
The Edinburgh National Art Gallery is worth a visit too.
The monuments on Calton Hill were spectacular and the view was breathtaking.
We visited a cafe in Haymarket called Grams where we ordered some Gluten Free, Raw, Vegan desserts. We choose the Cheesecake and Snickers bar and they were absolutely delicious.
Of course we couldn’t visit Edinburgh without seeing Arthur’s seat! It was incredibly windy on the day we went, but we made it all the way to the very top and it was so worth it!
We really wanted to visit the beach so we walked all the way from Arthur’s seat right down to the Portbello Beach front.
The walk made us very hungry so we stopped off at Man on Fire which we had heard served the best burgers and it did not disappoint!
We walked along the Portbello beach front and then stopped for Tea and Cake at The Beach House Cafe. I chose a huge slice of orange cake that was heavenly. So good that it inspired me to create my own healthy gluten free version.
Dean’s village was so beautiful. Surrounded by steep cobbled hills with the Water of Leith running alongside and greenery everwhere. It’s hard to believe that Dean’s village is just five minutes away from Edinburgh’s city centre.
St Mary’s Cathedral was right by our hotel and was the first thing we saw every time we set out.
We absolutely fell in love with Edinburgh and actually saw it as somewhere we could live. There’s so much to see and do whatever your interests. I will definitely be going back again and again.
Love Hayley X