Everywhere’s a photo op when a city is as pretty as Edinburgh.
Growing up in Bath, we’ve been more than a little spoiled when it comes to attractive buildings, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a nice city view when we see one. And when the sky gets in on the act and turns that shade of cornflower blue that makes you feel like spring is on the way and inspiration is in the air, all the faded glamour of the Royal Mile and the Grassmarket comes to life.
We spent a lot of time wandering the Grassmarket in particular. A historic marketplace in the picturesque Old Town, this is the place to come for independent shops, a weekly Farmer’s Market and a vibrant collection of bars and places to eat. It’s also where you’ll find the bronze statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby, the little skye terrier that allegedly pined at his owner’s grave for years after his death (insert crying face emoticon here). Rub his nose for luck!
With winding streets and alleys, facades that catch the light to a tee, and the romantic sense that you never know what (or who) might be around the corner, Edinburgh’s the perfect city to get lost in.
I’m also a sucker for anything with a gothic vibe – maybe I watched The Craft and read Dracula too many times in my youth – so, sights like the magnificent St. Giles cathedral, really speak to my teenage goth-girl soul. In fact, there’s plenty of gothic architecture on display in Edinburgh. From the castle to Greyfriar’s Kirkyard – you can count on Edinburgh to supply the atmosphere in buckets.
I penned a post about a few of the fun alternative things to do that we discovered – just in case you’re looking for more than the big ticket attractions like the castle and Arthur’s Seat. Or you can watch the highlights in our two minute video below… Yes, it’s almost as good as being there… but not quite good enough. Ready to book your ticket yet?