So as I write this, we have been back from Edinburgh for just a couple of days, having spent just 2 days in bonnie Scotland (soz). M and I decided to have an “M’s 40th birthday” style trip to Scotland as part of our week off and by “M’s 40th birthday” I mean a quick 2 x day & 1 night trip somewhere that’s just go go go. Up early, arrive in place, dump bags, go do stuff all day, overnight stay and then another full day of activities. Exhausting, but a lot of fun and with a single night stay, it keeps the costs down.
SO… on Wednesday we got the 7:30 train from Warrington Bank Quay Station, bizarrely bumping into one of mine and one of M’s work colleagues on the platform! Early booking meant that we had cut price 1st class tickets and therefore comfy seats with complimentary breakfast, tea & coffee.
After just under 3 hours on the train, we arrived into Edinburgh Waverley and make our way to the Premier Inn on Prince’s Street. I intend to leave a detailed review on Trip Advisor, but in a nutshell, great location, amazingly helpful and friendly staff, decent room, comfy bed and view of EDINBURGH CASTLE from our room. Would definitely go back.
We dumped our bags and set off for the park, directly across from our hotel and we sat on a bench in the sunshine eating our Bagel’s which M had lovingly prepared at 6am!! We had pre-booked our tickets for Edinburgh Castle (this is my TOP TIP as the queues were HUGE to buy tickets at the entrance) and we walked up the enormous hill to the entrance, which at this time of year was almost covered by the seats erected for the Edinburgh Tattoo. Of all the places we visited over the 2 days, this was the busiest and was filled with the most international visitors. In fact, I could definitely hear more American than Scottish voices!!
The castle was fascinating! I expected some fancy state rooms to look at and more glitz that substance, but the exact opposite was true. The castle was a prison and the cells and recreated conditions were fascinating. The views from the castle walls were stunning and I was more than a little blown away.
After the castle we went back to the hotel to properly put out stuff in our room and after a micro rest, we went off to Camera Obscura, which kept coming up in my google searches for good things to do in Edinburgh. It’s a little hard to describe what it is, but here goes. It’s 6 floors of sciency optical illusions and sensory fun things to do. Think magic eye pictures, holograms and camera trickery. It’s definitely the kind of thing that if I had been shown at school, I would have loved science a whole lot more!
For dinner, we ended up at an American diner, which was great as by that time we were starving. But I did fancy a small dessert, but the diner had nothing that I could eat, i.e. without dairy. So we ended up switching venues for dessert and went to a vegan restaurant called Hendersons and I had a chocolate cake and M had a raw Raspberry cheesecake with a coconut base.
It has to be said though, that by about 9pm, after getting up at 5:30am and walking over 17,000 steps, we were shattered!!! So we went to bed… happy, knackered and already in love with Edinburgh.
Part two >> here <<