Exploring Scotland: Edinburgh

28 November 2018

I know it feels like I’ve abandoned this blog but it’s just been the moving thing and the studying thing that has thrown me out of sync! I had a skincare blog post planned for such a long time (the photos have been ready for over two months) but I just haven’t managed to get myself to write anything about it! Anyway, today I wanted to share a couple of photos from a trip to Edinburgh at the end of October, my friend and I went there during our reading week to explore and see what the city had to say! I had never been to Edinburgh before that except to get off at the station and get a train or a tram. So it was time to see what all the sites were saying in the capital city.

We started off by getting coffee in The Edinburgh Larder (definitely recommend and check out the food too) before walking The Royal Mile and then heading to Arthur’s Seat. It was only along this walk that I remembered I had my DSLR so that’s where the majority of my pictures take place.

We attempted to walk to Arthur's Seat but we both underestimated how intense it would be. Between the wrong shoes and my lack of fitness, I was ready to curl up in a ball and claim ‘half way up Arthur’s Seat’ as my final resting place. So rather than die on that hill, we decided to leave it. We had a decent view from where we were and we just were not prepared for the hike. I was told later there are some stairs that can take you to the top, they are hard to do but not as hard as the walking route.

I was curious to know why this place was so famous though and below is why:
The parks highest point is Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving an excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well-preserved fort.
Visit Scotland

A whole ass volcano in Scotland! Seeing as I live an hour (by train) from Edinburgh I’ll certainly be sure to pay it a visit during my two years here. After our climbing fail we decided to visit another attraction – the castle. We didn’t go in as neither of us are interested in history in that way but we did walk up there to take a look and get another view of Edinburgh. I love that there are so many viewpoints in the city. Like I said with me being so close to Edinburgh I’m going to be visiting it more often, mainly because I have a list as long as my arm that’s filled with food places and coffee shops!

Have you been to Edinburgh? What do you recommend for my next visit? 

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