Earlier this year I headed to Edinburgh for a few short days to get my first experience of the city and I completely fell in love with the Scottish city so decided to convince my parents to join me which is what we did last weekend.
On Friday morning we got a quick flight from Luton to Edinburgh to begin our adventure. When I went to the city myself I did everything on foot but with my parents, we did get a few taxi’s and my god they’re cheap. If you jump into a taxi in Watford (don’t get me started on London) £20 might get you about 10 mins away (if that), but that’s all it cost us to get from the airport to our hotel which was about 25 minutes away.
After dropping our bags at our hotel we made our way to the Royal Mile to explore one of the most iconic parts of the city, the castle. With the fringe and the military tattoo being in full swing it was far busier than when I was there in February with people everywhere handing you flyers, definitely something I want to return to and do properly. Despite having done the castle before, the crown jewels were not open when I went so it was nice to see these.
Next up was the Scotch Whisky Experience which was a tour booked entirely for my dads’ benefit and something I booked for his birthday. The tour and talk was interesting and although I didn’t like my sample (my dad got all three of them) it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Saturday saw me get to experience two brand new things which I hadn’t managed to do on my last trip; The Zoo and the Royal Britannia Yacht. I am a massive zoo fan and this was a pretty great zoo with decent amounts of animals. Unfortunately, the panda’s were in mating season so were sadly inside in an area where visitors couldn’t see at the moment but there was enough there to keep us occupied including seeing the tigers at lunchtime which was an experience.
The Royal Britannia Yacht was one of the best things we did all weekend as it was so interesting and the onboard tea room had some of the best smoked salmon I had ever tasted. Later that evening we had dinner in a busy seafood restaurant just behind Princess Street called Mussel Inn and despite trying some seafood I’m not a huge fan so opted for steak for main but my parents seemed to love it.
Our final day on Sunday saw two repeat visits for me to the Gin Distillery to hear about the history and manufacturing of gin, see the distillery on site and have a cheeky 11am gin and tonic (yum). Then we went onwards to Holyrood Palace which is where the Royal Family stayed during past visits to the city. With the Queens’ 90th birthday this year Holyrood Palace hosted one part of the Fashioning Reign collection showcasing some of the royal outfits over the years and this was definitely worth checking out.
Sadly after this our trip had come to an end and we just had a 4 and a bit hour train back to London before getting back to reality. I know for a fact that I’ll be coming back to the city as there’s still things I want to do and it’s a beautiful place.