One of the notable places we were able to visit back in the UK is Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh (Ed-in-bruh). Just as we got off at the train station, I was already amazed by the vintage buildings and streets everywhere. Going around, you’ll see how the city is mixed with modern and classic architecture, and I swear everything was so Instagram-worthy that my phone and camera is already flooded with photos.
Edinburgh is one of the liveliest cities that I’ve been to here in the UK, since the area has all the different shops, restaurants, and monuments. You’ll also see posters in different stores and coffee shops on how they would always hold festivals (sadly I wasn’t able to attend one near our hotel lol) since they actually have a lot of open fields/gardens here, which is just beautiful. The city is also known to have the best Pubs and Whisky bars – like literally in every corner of the street, you’ll see one, and I guess this is why almost all the people here are so lively all the time haha!
Edinburgh is sort of like a mini London, since it also contained a lot of shops, and is one of the most go-to places in Scotland that’s why the streets tend to be crowded, especially in the middle of the day. The good thing about the city is that it’s pretty walkable, though a little challenging since the area’s quite cold and windy; and some of the streets are really steep. But nonetheless, walking around will take you to different monuments around the area in no time, and at the same time, you’ll be able to see different pubs and local craft stores and gift shops along the way.
One of the few tricks we did during our stay here is that we took one of the Edinburgh Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tours. These tours would take you around the city and you can go on and off it at any stop (depending on the kind of tour you’d be choosing). What we did was we rode the bus for the whole trip during Day 1 to see the whole area, and then hop off to the places we wanted to go to during Day 2. The tour was really worth it since the tickets were valid for 24hrs, and the bus we chose was the one with a tour guide, and not just an audio tour. More info on the bus we took —
Adult £14 / Senior or Student £13 / Child (Aged 5-15) £6 / Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £33
The main sights of this tour were Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Old Town, National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, and New Town
Princes Street Gardens
Scotland National Museum
Statue of William Pitt (The Younger). Britain’s youngest prime minister.
Scotland is probably one of the places I would definitely go back and visit again in the future, as I’d want to experience the nightlife there especially with friends, and then actually have the time to meet people. 3 days there weren’t enough since I wasn’t even able to go to the Museum, and climb up Arthur’s Seat. Til next time, Scotland.
Other Places You Should Go To At Edinburgh
1. Edinburgh Castle (has a fee to get inside)
2. Princes Street and Garden- Shopping + Relaxation Time at the garden
3. Arthur’s Seat – Hiking
5. Kilt Shops (just because)
6. Grassmarket – Pubs and restaurants