In early December myself and two of my closest friends Tami & Maz, spent a long weekend in Edinburgh as a Christmas present to ourselves and an excuse to visit the Christmas markets. The city was so amazing and time just seemed to pass by a little too quickly so I know I’ll be returning – sooner rather than later hopefully! I’ve put together some photos and a little bit of what we got up to, so I hope you enjoy reading!
We actually flew to Edinburgh as we managed to get some really well priced flights and the flight was only around an hour. It cost roughly £60 return which wasn’t too bad and much cheaper for us than getting the train. It’s worth keeping an eye out for any flight sales as we found this was the best way to get a good deal on the flights. We flew with Ryan Air which was fine, I’ve never flown domestically before so it was a nice change not having to queue up at passport control – made getting through the airport so easy when we landed.
Getting to Edinburgh city centre from the airport was also really easy and was a single tram ride straight from outside the terminal. Tickets weren’t too badly priced either as it was only £8.50 open return and about a 20 minute journey, you can buy these once at the airport so no need to prebook.
Although we spent most of our time at the Christmas market (which you can read about in my last post) we did spend some time exploring the royal mile and some local shops. We walked up to the Castle and although we didn’t actually go inside, we did get to take in the views of the city and the sunshine even made an appearance for us! I’d say it’s worth walking up to the Castle even if you’re not actually going inside, just to take it in a little and get have a look at the views – especially if the weathers nice. We also walked up and down the Royal mile which allowed us to soak in the atmosphere and we were able to pop into some of the local stores and sample some of the local foods.
Edinburgh has a lot to offer for shopping – from some grand high street stores to local independent shops selling local produce. We went into a few to see what they had to offer but were a little restricted by what we could buy as we only had carry on cases to take it all back with.
We actually found two really nice cafes for breakfast whilst wondering around and thankfully they were both really great! We stumbled across a really nice place called Deacon’s House Cafe on the Saturday and I have to say the scones were amazing, the prices were fair and the staff were so friendly. If you find yourself looking for something to eat along the Royal mile, I’d highly recommend this place! We also ate breakfast at a cafe called Procaffeination which had a great selection of teas and pastries – perfect for quick and simple breakfasts and well worth checking out too.
For lunch and dinners we ended up eating mostly at the markets which suited us as we just needed quick and easy meals so we could continue exploring the city a bit more. If you have any recommendations for places to eat, let me know!
We stayed in such a nice air bnb just off the Royal mile, the apartment was the perfect little getaway for the weekend – clean, modern and comfortable, it was also really reasonably priced. The bed is without a doubt the comfiest and largest bed I’ve slept in and the I’d have no hesitation in staying here again and can’t wait to go back! The location was perfect and it was so close to the castle it was great staying somewhere so central, we were able to walk to everywhere we wanted to go.
I had such a great time in Edinburgh and can’t wait to go back already. Really hoping I can squeeze in a visit in the Summer next year just for a long weekend again as there’s some more exploring I’d like to do. Have you been? If so – let me know what you got up to!