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Edinburgh

September 26, 2013

Edinburgh - castle

Edinburgh is a city of great expectation. In this way it’s similar to Galway. If you mention to somebody “I’m going to Galway” you will hear they love the city, that it is a great craic and it’s just fantastic. The same happens when it comes to Edinburgh, it seems to be a Galway’s Scottish cousin.

I hate expectations, they set you up and it’s really hard to decide what is your own, fresh perspective.  But this time I must agree Edinburgh is place worth visiting.

Edinburgh - Royal Mile

Edinburgh has a huge advantage, it’s only 45 minute away by plane from Dublin, so it actually takes more time to go to Kerry (this is why I still haven’t been to Kerry). With such an advantage it was worth visiting it over a weekend, but I must warn you two days are not enough to see most of it.

I mentioned before we usually walk a lot. This time Tomek even set up a tracking and roughly we did 45 km in two days! On the first day I was exhausted I had a hectic week with plenty of overtime  and  if I had a choice I would probably stay at home buried under a blanket, but I didn’t have a choice,  but that’s fine, sometimes is so much better to do something different, it clears my head from the everyday work thoughts.

Edinburgh Grassmarket

We had wonderful weather on the first day, it was sunny, walking around the city was just pure pleasure. Sunday however started with rain, but luckily by noon it actually cleared out and we were left with typical Irish/Scottish weather sunny/rainy/windy usually at the same time.

Edinburgh

The only thing we really planned was Edinburgh Castle. Everything else was just taking things slow without any pressure. I got some great tips from Adrienne from Bake for the Border. I kind of knew from a start that we probably do just a tiny bit, but life is all about compromise, isn’t it

The castle is magnificent. I love proper fortresses, with all it’s strength. As it is situated on the rock, you can see it from different locations around the city. Wherever you see it, it looks powerful.

edinburgh castle

The views from the castle are beautiful, especially on a sunny day. We were so lucky.

Edinburgh - view from the castle

edinburgh castle chapel

Edinburgh - castle

Adrienne mentioned the city is very walkable, so take your comfy shoes with you. It is also very green. When it comes to architecture style Edinburgh reminded me Belfast and Harry Potter, but this is justify, J. K. Rowling has been writing here books there.

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edinburgh

The People's Story Museum - Edinburghedinburgh

But that’s all is not the most important about Edinburgh, it’s all about whisky and beer. I’m a big fan of ales, so Edinburgh is actually place to be, most of pubs had craft ales, so many ales, so many delicious ales :)

edinburgh pub robertsons edinburgh pub black rose tavern
edinburgh pub

edinburgh world's end pub

edinburgh royal mile

scottish flag

We will for sure visit Scotland and Edinburgh again.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Adrienne September 29, 2013 at 11:13

    Magda, you’re photos are stunning. I feel like I am back there as I can picture myself walking around the streets. I can even spot the place we got engaged, Edinburgh has so many special memories for me. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

    • Reply Magda September 30, 2013 at 13:25

      Thank you Adrienne. Edinburgh is really nice city, thank you again for your tips. Hopefully we visit again and check all of your recommendations from your list.
      Where did you get engaged?
      I think all the places we’ve lived in will be special. I’m just preparing to visit my university city and can’t wait. I haven’t been there for 4 years.

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