A Visit To Edinburgh…
Edinburgh! It is a vibrant and multicultural city where people from all over the world come to visit, study, work and explore. The city of Edinburgh has so much to offer for absolutely everyone with its great atmosphere, historical culture, food choices, world-renowned events, iconic views, and attractions.
I first visited Edinburgh with my family when I was younger and since that point, I have kept coming back. I was lucky enough to go on to study at Edinburgh University, which gave me the opportunity to live in the city for two years. Every day that I was living here felt like I could be a tourist because there was just so much to explore and see. This is my thoughts on why Edinburgh is amazing and why a visit to Edinburgh should be on the top of your list!
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world.
The historical side of the city is what really makes Edinburgh stand out, with the Castle that dominates the skyline and one of the most incredible cityscapes in the world. There are many museums including The National Museum of Scotland, which has fantastic collections and interactive exhibitions. The cites can be explored by coach, and on foot through guided tours. Equally, grabbing a map and exploring the city yourself is quite the adventure.
Don’t forget the daily firing of the 1 o’clock cannon from Edinburgh Castle, wouldn’t want you to miss it.
With the different seasons come different events. During the winter, the Christmas Markets, ferris wheel and ice rink line the streets of Princes Street Gardens. And, don’t forget the Viking tradition of igniting the Hogmanay celebrations with a torchlight procession. Thousands of people gather and march through the old and new town to Holyrood Park, where they become the distinctive outline of Scotland when viewed from the sky.
During the summer months, there is the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This event runs during August and attracts many visitors each year, and for good reason. An incredible festival of culture with comedy, and music to entertain everyone.
During these amazing months, there is also a foodie vibe, which caters for all walks of life through rooftop bar/restaurant, casual cafes, cocktail bars and many independent tea shops for the most gorgeous afternoon tea. Although my personal favorite is The Dome, and its lovely Georgian decorated room.
From roaming around the streets where there are buskers with bagpipes, the odd magician and living statues (I think one of them is a levitating Yoda) along The Royal Mile. The city of Edinburgh is the only place to start your Scottish adventure, one of the things I enjoy most about Edinburgh is it’s accessibility to everywhere else in Scotland.
I couldn’t talk about Edinburgh or Scotland without talking about adventuring outdoors. I am a keen outdoors person and as much as I love the city and it’s incredible ability to just keep giving. I do love leaving it to breathe the fresh Scottish air! I can explore so much in such a short time from Edinburgh. The Pentland Hills are close by with lovely walks that overlook the whole of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. There is also a dry ski slope and some great cycle tracks nearby. The opportunities also extend as far as adrenaline sports including coasteering and canyoning.