Edinburgh from Castle Hill
I know I’m so late in posting all that I wanted to share on the UK trip. Nonetheless, here goes …
Having covered some parts of the Scottish Highlands, we now drove to Edinburgh. After checking in we strolled around and visited the Edinburgh Castle. Thereafter, walked along the Royal Mile and picked up some souvenirs the best out of which were the lamb’s wool Scottish mufflers.
Street performance at the Royal Mile
A bit later in the evening we landed at this great bar called The Devil’s Advocate in the old town area. This place has a reputation for serving great cocktails and according to us it holds up to this reputation. It was an amazing evening spent trying out some of the whisky selection and a couple of cocktails. In the cold weather, this was just what we needed.
The next morning, our day started with a proper English breakfast. This was something we had not had a chance to enjoy yet and so that’s what we did. A full breakfast (vegetarian option also available) of beans, toast with butter, grilled mushrooms etc. and of course, a pot of tea.
More architectural beauty at the Royal Mile
Next up, we opted for one of those free city walking tours, which turned out to be very informative and an enjoyable experience. I recommend it to everyone who is visiting a place for the first time. It gives you a sense of the place with some historical references and the company of other tourists. Once you’ve toured around on foot, you can decide where you want to come back to and spend more time.
Enjoying a walking tour
The location of Diagon’s Alley from Harry Potter
The walking tour started at the Royal Mile, with a brief introduction of Edinburgh then onto certain buildings on the Royal Mile itself, some alleys, a cemetery called the Greyfriars Kirkyard and culminated at the Edinburgh National Museum. The guide was quite knowledgeable sharing plenty of history and references to Harry Potter and Game of Thrones series and inspirations for the authors dotted around town. If you are a fan, you will surely enjoy this.
The school which was the inspiration for Hogwarts
The inspiration for ‘He who must not be named’. He was actually an import-export trader
The walking tour made me realize how steeped in history Edinburgh truly is! It does have a pretty bloody and ruthless history though with plenty conspiracies, murders, executions and wars. There was so much history to take in that my mind just gave up keeping up after a while and instead diverted to soaking in the beautiful architecture, sounds and sights (aka men in kilts ;-)). See this short video I made to give you a feel of the old town. Can you hear the bagpipe?
In all, its a 2 hour tour with a 15 min break in between. At the end of the tour your are free to tip an amount you think is good for the guide’s effort.
Also, another tip – all museums in the UK are free of charge! 😀
So that was Edinburgh – old, charming and beautiful. One time is just not enough and I would love to go back there and discover more of this magical town!
Up next – London! I’ll see you soon 🙂