Travel Diaries – An overnight stay in Edinburgh 

So you may have noticed I’ve been a little bit MIA. Sorry life’s been a bit busy lately, with Uni work and a cheeky trip over the border to bonnie Scotland. Those of you that follow my Instagram account will already know this as I spammed my account with a pictorial play by play of our stay, oops!

Queue, today’s blog post then dedicated to what was a very short but sweet stay in the fascinating city of Edinburgh.

Day 1 

Let’s begin by talking about how quick and easy it is to get away for a little trip to Edinburgh. We flew from Stansted to Edinburgh with EasyJet. I forget how much out flight were exactly but I was aroun £50 return. This was much cheaper than taking the train and only took 50 minutes.

From the airport we were then able to get a Tram that took us right into the city centre to our hotel. Literally door to door, it was so easy. You can get an open return for just £8 so not only is it cheap but also flexible.

We stayed at the Edinburgh CityRoomz. This is a budget hotel similar to Travel Lodge starting from £49 a night. If you are just after somewhere that is clean and comfortable for a base then this is ideal. We didn’t actually spend much time at the hotel.

Of course I was busting the gut to get a look at the castle so this was our first port of call. I was not disappointed it is an amazing sight even with one side still covered with stands from the military tatoo. I spent ages trying to get pictures from different points of the city.  

After a little wander through the Royal Mile we were hungry for lunch. We had lunch in a lovely Italian Restaurant called  Giuliano’s. I can honestly say this is the best Tirramasu I have ever eaten.

After all that food we decided to take a walk up Calton Hill. This was quite a climb but the view is amazing, you can see the whole city.

The contrast between open parkland, the 17th old city and the Georgian terraces of the East end is pretty spectacular.

After having a wee nap in our hotel we set of for our evenings entertainer. We had tickets to see Foo Fighters supported by Royal Blood at Murrayfield Stadium.

After David Grohl had broken his leg jumping off the stage in Stockholm the original gig was cancelled. The wait for this had been long, it was worth it though the Foo’s know how to put in a show.

Excuse my rubbish photography here, my IPhone wasn’t cutting it.

The Keyring in this picture is a depiction of the throne David Grohl designed for himself whilst recovering from his injury. We all recieved these as a token gesture for the cancellation of previous shows.

Dave has been sitting on his throne like the king of Rock that he is throughout the rescheduled performances as he still has a walking cast on his leg. No jumping about yet. This didn’t stop him though, let’s just say he has taking play guitar with the side of the cast on his leg to a whole new level. 

Royal Blood were brilliant in their own right, they put on a spectacular warm up gig. I would actually have loved to have seen more of them.

The atmosphere inside the Murryfield Stadium was amazing, the Scots know how to party.

Day 2

After a continental breakfast we headed back onto the Royal Mile for some spooky walking tours.

First up we took part in a guided tour of The Real Mary King Close. This is an incredibly well preserved example of 15th-17th century life on Edinburgh.

Let’s just say it was cramped, conditions were grim and Diseases were rife. Inhabitants suffered greatly from many outbreaks of the plague. The picture below is probably not a bad example of how dark it would have been in the closes, they were constructed approximately 12 stories high and mainly of wood.

This close was actually buried in the 17th century to provide the foundations for Royal Exchange Building that stands there today. If you walk along the royal mile you can see evidence of were many of these closes one stood housing thousands of people.

After a some lunch at Edinburghs Hard Rock Cafe, my Texan Pulled Pork was so good, we took part in the City Of The Dead underground city tour. This was subterranean and very dark so I have no pictures but if you want to find out more their website is here.

For now I’ll leave you with a pic of my lunch, tasty!!!

We managed to have time go inside St Giles Cathedral to take in the stunning stained glass windows and huge organ. This modern window, crafted in 1995 is dedicated to Robert Burns Humanity Poem. My picture doesn’t do justice to the Colors, they are so vivid.

A pot of tea and a Macron later, it was time to make our way back to The airport for our flight home.

I had such a great stay in Edinburgh, the city is rich in history, stunning architecture, great places to eat and opportunities for shopping. There is so much we didn’t have time to see so I hope to return one day. If you any recommendations of places I need to visit on my return then by all means leave a comment.

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