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Visiting Edinburgh


We spent a lovely few days in Edinburgh at the mid-point of our trip. The day we arrived in Edinburgh was the day we met up with our friends from Germany – Sarah and Daniel. They’ve also celebrated their 10th anniversary, not long before us and every couple of years we try and meet up – alternating the UK and Germany. Last time we did Munich and Oktoberfest, this time Edinburgh!

Here’s some pictorial highlights of our time there. We had the most beautiful weather! Clear blue skies and sunshine.

The world’s biggest, most comfortable bed in the apartment we rented!

Our Edinburgh Apartment

Anniversary dinner at Angels & Bagpipes (featuring complimentary prosecco) – I had pigeon:

Dinner at Angels & Bagpipes

Also had this beautiful panacotta with rose sorbet:

Dinner at Angels & Bagpipes

After-dinner drinks at The Dome – with amazing views:

The Dome

Lots of things to peer down at:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Lots of beautifully formed little houses with cute details:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

First view of the castle:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Glimpsing the back of the Royal Mile over the Princes Street Gardens:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Londn 2012 themed display in Princes Street Gardens:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

View down towards Waverley station:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

The Scott monument:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Edinburgh is a city of many steps:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We finally made it up on to the Mile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

The Witchery on the Royal Mile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Closer views of the Castle:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Being up at the castle you can get some great views over the city:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

You can see the firth!

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

If ever you’re in Edinburgh, you need to check out OINK! Every day they roast a whole pig, then display it in the window and make amazing pulled pork sandwiches from it. Trev had his with haggis:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

I love all the little streets in Edinburgh!

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

The above street also happens to feature a certain well-known yarn-store:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Trev is very at home in a yarn shop. It is one of his preferred natural habitats:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

On this same street is a restaurant recommended by Natalie at the Yarn Yard:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Trev tried his first haggis (I didn’t dare!) – apparently it was very tasty:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

St Giles Church on the Mile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We spent some time visiting Mary King’s Close – no pictures from inside as unfortunately we weren’t allowed, but would encourage a visit if you’re in Edinburgh as it lets you understand what life was like in old Edinburgh:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Thankfully we got to spend some time walking DOWN the Mile – as most things in Edinburgh seem to be up a hill:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Views over towards Calton Hill at the end of the Mile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We hunted down good coffee…

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Found Royal Banks…

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We wandered over to Old Calton Cemetary:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We braved the walk up Calton Hill (this was brutal at the end of a long day!):

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

As dusk it meant we got some great views back towards the Mile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

I tried out the panorama feature on my mobile:

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We jumped off rocks…

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We found underground bars…

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

Day Out In Edinburgh - Weds 3rd Oct 2012

We stuck around for the night as we went on a Murder/Mystery tour, so we were able to see Edinburgh all lit up at night:

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

Edinburgh at Night

We absolutely loved our time in Edinburgh. It’s such a beautiful city and we can’t wait to go back. There’s still so much we want to explore that we didn’t have time for during our short visit. Really, we only had this one single day in Edinburgh itself before we moved on to other things.

We can’t wait to go back in the very near future!

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