Edinburgh (properly pronounced “Edin-bura”) in Scotland’s Lowlands is a half day train or bus ride away from London. Matthew and I visited over the weekend. It rained on its own accord, and the natural beauty of the surroundings were enhanced by the showers, making the air and land incredibly fresh, crisp, and verdant. I just loved this rain-soaked city, its stony charm, and warm, colorful shops selling wool plaid Scottish kilts and cashmere scarves, mittens, and capes. Below are the candids from the trip, and our top favorites of places and good food.
Palace of Holyroodhouse. Worth the admission fee, a tour of some of the Royal Apartments, State Rooms, Abbey ruins, and grounds. The Palace gift shop is very charming and full of gorgeous china and gifts. Also, “Holyrood” is a word meaning “Holy Cross”and is linked in history with its inference to the holy Christian relic of the original Cross.
Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat Hike. An incredibly refreshing and breath-taking hike, a must do in Edinburgh. I loved all the dogs that we passed romping and rolling along the way. The rock and hillside was splendid, the ocean visible in the distance, and rain clouds far off, but moving in from the northwest.
LANGUAGE. Scottish English and less common, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.
Urban Angel. 1 Forth Street, EH1 3JX or 121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ. Appropriately obsessed with the chai tea latte and true Scottish haggis I had for breakfast there. Delicious. Serves lunch and dinner, too. Haggis, by the way, is sheep organs ground with barley, onions, and spices. Quite a sweet meat-esque dish; very hearty, fulfilling, tasty, and chock full of iron and trace minerals.
Hotel Missoni. 1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD A decent brunch buffet if that is what you are looking for. Serve lunch and dinner, too, but we never tried.
Smoke Stack. 53-55 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ. Cannot speak for the food myself, but we almost stopped for brunch here and looked foodie worthy.
Real Foods. 37 Broughton, EH1 3JU. Full-range organic grocer. Stock up on some mineral water, dried apricots, salted hazelnuts, and a cartoon of fresh raspberries before your climb to Arthur’s Seat.
Hula Juice Bar. 103-105 West Bow, EH1 2JP. Craving your daily greens juice or a really yummy breakfast? Here.
Photo. Matthew and Rose on George IV Bridge Street, taking it all in.
Photo. Making our way from Calton Hill to Holyrood Palace, is the Meadows Croquet Club that was looking rather quiet, but for a man reading the paper on the sidelines.
Photo. Duchess Catherine and Prince William admirers, this is for you. Prince George’s celebratory French-blue and gold-plated China. Absolutely, completely lovely. For sale at Holyrood Palace’s gift shop.
Photo. Palace of Holyroodhouse. Inside the King’s Apartments, the Bedchamber, where he would only receive the most privileged of guests. The blood red velvet, and Chinese-inspired lacquer cabinet, are exquisite.
Photo. Portrait of Epic Proportions; along the way to Arthur’s Seat.
Photo. Matthew climbed these rocky crags, of course.
Photo. On The Scotch and Whiskey Tour, inside the historic alcoholic amber library. I sampled an aged Highlands’ Tomatin Whiskey with notes of vanilla, stronger and sweeter than perhaps a more light and citrusy Lowland number.
Photo. I find this very funny when it happens. #pointlessumbrella.
Photo. At the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert with a cemetery surrounding. The headstones were cloaked in velvet green moss.
Photo. The Cemetery of the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert; high above is Edinburgh Castle.
Photo. View from the St. Cuthbert Cemetery and adjacent to the trains that run below Edinburgh Castle high above.
Photo. Walking along Prince’s Street, above Prince’s Street Gardens and in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, this man carried an ancient egg-shell blue suitcase Matthew and I contended was as old as the last world war.
Photo. A Study in Motion; this little Terrier looks so smart in a Barbour chien’s blanket.
Photo. An orange beauty from Autumn’s harvest – Real Food Grocer. Hip hooray for organic shops.
Photo. The inspiring view of Edinburgh City from Calton Hill.
Photo. Rose made it down from Arthur’s Seat.
Photo. From the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel, you can look down to St. Margaret’s loch which is home to a variety of foul; particularly the swans are visible in the corner of this still.
Photo. Arthur’s Seat, jutting loftily into the sky; a mystical and healing hike.
Where have you traveled in the UK? In your opinion, what is your favorite place? Share with me in a comment below.
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