Snapshots of Edinburgh, Scotland
For Instagram Travel Thursday this week, I am sharing images of Edinburgh.
Mary Polly and I went to Scotland’s capital city a couple of weekends ago to go on a Haggis Tour to Loch Ness for a day. We stayed right off the Royal Mile with Smart City Hostels and spent most of our time on the tour. I’ll be sharing more next week about our fun mother-daughter time away together, but here are just a few images of our short time in what has to be one of the most beautiful cites in the world!
We loved staying right downtown. The last time I went to Edinburgh, our lodging was about a ten or fifteen minute bus ride from The Royal Mile, which was less expensive, but it was so much more convenient to be right in the middle of everything this time!
We arrived really late on the train Friday night, and were able to walk to the hostel in less than ten minutes from the train station.
The hostel bar was still serving food, so we had a felafel wrap, a beer and a milkshake to celebrate the start of our girl weekend!
And onion rings of course.
I’m pretty sure that the felafel wrap, at just over four pounds is the best deal there is to be had in Edinburgh. It was divine.
We had to be up early for our tour of the Highlands, and we were gone all day, but when we got back we headed straight to the Christmas Market.
The Christmas Market in Edinburgh is everything I had hoped!
Classic Christmas stands + Mulled Cider and Hot Rum Toddies + Ice Skating Rink, Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round!
So much fun!
We were super hungry from our busy day of touring, so we ate our way through the market. We gobbled up waffles, crepes, bratwursts and fried cheese!
You might not think fried Camembert is one of the most amazing tasting foods ever, but you would be wrong!
The next day we went back through the market before catching our train, just to see it during the daytime.
And to have one last crepe of course!
Nutella + Bananas = YUM!
Before Mary Polly got up on Sunday morning, I went for a walk by myself, which is my very favorite way to see a city.
Another advantage to staying right in the middle of the city was being able to go on an early morning walk on The Royal Mile while my teenager was sleeping!
It was raining a little bit and it was barely light when I first went outside since the days are getting shorter here in Scotland.
But the rain made the cobblestones shine.
I love being in the streets before anyone else.
The castle was not open yet so the courtyard was empty. A rare sight.
I really cannot believe how gorgeous Edinburgh is, and I hope to visit many, many more times since it is only two and half hours from Aberdeen.
I’ll share more about our fun getaway next week, which was made possible by the fact that I am on Twitter like a troll looking for travel giveaways. We won our two night stay at Smart City Hostels and our Loch Ness Hunter Haggis Tour by answering a question on Twitter. Who says social media is a waste of time?
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