It's week 2 of the new year and I'm back with a new post! Not doing bad over here at nnyley, are we? This time it's a travel post for a spontaneous trip Ashley and I took back in December. I can safely say that I've fallen in love with Edinburgh and will definitely be back. Maybe when the weather is a little more forgiving. Maybe in summer. That's not to say that I didn't love going up right before Christmas as we got to experience the city in the most festive period. The Christmas market was amazing and all the lights around Edinburgh was just so beautiful. I definitely didn't get to capture all the beauty that Edinburgh had to offer which is such a shame but that's an excuse to go back one day, right?
We stayed at a hotel called Nira Caledonia. It's a small boutique hotel and we really loved our stay. Our room was on the ground floor and had a door that led out to the garden which we took full advantage of, even if it was a little (well, actually REALLY) cold. The room itself was really spacious and beautiful. I'd highly recommend it!
I want to add quickly that I actually would really really REALLY recommend going on a bus tour of the city. I know it's really touristy but trust me, it's worth it. I loved having a live guide on the bus with us to answer any questions and give us snippets of Edinburgh's long history and of everything we were seeing. It's also a good way to go around the city to kind of figure out where everything is. Okay so now onto what to see... You really cannot miss classic sights like Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat, and Calton Hill. They have really good views of Edinburgh from above. If you're into the arts, definitely check out the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Walking along the Royal Mile, although a bit touristy, is also worth it. If you're in Edinburgh during or before Christmas time, the Christmas markets are a must. I particularly enjoyed the Christmas tree maze if you couldn't tell from my Instagram (read: I'm still a child!!) Street of Light in Edinburgh is also really cool but remember you do need to reserve a free ticket for the actual event of walking through it with performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and others.
Now onto food. Probably the most important part of this post if you're like me and spend half your time figuring out where to eat... Going to divide this up into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts/cafes because why not my friends, why not.
We're definitely planning a trip back to Edinburgh next summer so if you guys have any recommendations PLEASE leave them below! Would love to check out more places. Also, don't forget to follow us on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with our weekly posts (!!) Thank you for reading x