I recently returned to the Scottish city of Edinburgh for a quick weekend break. Thankfully there was glorious sunshine and the whole city looked completely different to when I last visited in winter of last year when it was cold, rainy and grey. My previous trip was just a fleeting one, so I was excited to see more of what the city had to offer.
The first thing that warrants a mention is Edinburgh Castle, which is an icon for the city and its top attraction. It can be spotted from all around from its elevated home on the Castle Rock.
Edinburgh has some awe inspiring architecture, bringing together both the old and the new, which sets an atmosphere for the city as a whole. Much of it is grand and impressive, making Edinburgh a very pretty city.
We headed over to Holy Cow, a vegan restaurant, for a spot of lunch.
The small, independent cafe serves up an array of hearty Plant Based dishes.
Edinburgh has a fantastic selection of galleries to keep you occupied so we decided to go on a bit of a crawl. First up, we headed to the Scottish National Gallery, located right in the heart of the city.
You could easily spend hours browsing Edinburgh’s fantastic galleries. If you are a fan of classic art, there’s currently a Rembrandt exhibition on, which is well worth seeing.
(Below) inside the incredible St Giles Cathedral, the main place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.
We headed over to the other side of the city to a cafe called The Pantry which serves a delightful matcha tea latte and mean slice of cake.
We rounded up our time in Edinburgh with a quick excursion to the Dean Village, which is located just a 10 minute drive from the city centre. It has a much more relaxed vibe to it and is simply picture perfect.
I still feel as though I’ve barely dented the surface on what Edinburgh has to offer. It’s a happening international city that has proudly maintained its unmistakably Scottish identity, making it one of the top cities to explore in the UK. I can’t wait for my next visit!
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