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My First Ever Trip to Scotland: Edinburgh (Part 1)

1 Mar 2014
I have never, ever been to Scotland before, despite having a Scottish Grandma. I've always had the desire to go, but as a Southerner it would probably take me near to ten hours and a lot of money to get there. However, being in Leeds makes it slightly easier, and after putting off a trip to visit my friend in Edinburgh for the whole of first year (£60 for a ticket is NOT my idea of feasible), I finally managed to grab a cheap ticket in the Christmas sales, and headed off this weekend.

I was limited in time, but very, very fortunate with the weather. After days of wind and rain, the skies grew clear and the clouds scarpered, and it was all in time for my arrival.

We began our day by venturing up Calton Hill, which was definitely not the hardest hill to climb (in fact, it was barely a hill), but was an ideal spot for sightseers. I love doors/gates like this because they remind me of The Secret Garden, and I always wonder what they lead to! Alas, it was locked, as is always the case. Maybe next time?

This photo just highlights how beautiful the weather was...

A mini hill this may have been, but the view was pretty spectacular across the whole of the city.

 I love how you can see the sea in this picture. On my train journey up I unintentionally managed to reserve a window seat with a view of the coastline, and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my journey than gazing out of the window onto a sunny, blue sea. It's a real novelty for me because apart from the first two years of my life, I've never lived closer than an hour from the coast.

A long train journey, along with my legs not being used to hilly areas, and I was already slightly tired, and made the executive decision to rest my legs in a café. We came across a place called Papi, where I indulged on a warm Nutella croissant whilst admiring the colourful wall art!

One of the things I noticed and instantly loved about Edinburgh was the medieval, cobbled streets and buildings; it was so lovely to wonder around such picturesque streets. Living in Leeds means that I am pretty much surrounded by tall, metropolitan looking buildings. Don't get me wrong, I love being in such a bustling, urban city, but sometimes it's nice to have a change of scenery!

There's always something incredibly endearing about a clock like this.

I can't sustain my energy without food every 3 hours (minimum!), so we once again stopped somewhere to eat. 

My friend recommended a great place for burgers and cocktails called 'Bar Kohl', where I got stuck into a cocktail, followed by a delicious burger. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my food, but here's one of me and my yummy 'Black Affair' cocktail instead.

And there we have it: my first day in Edinburgh, and my first visit to Scotland. Acting like a tourist was brilliant and a seriously needed relax from my busy week at Uni. I hope you enjoy the pictures, they're not brilliant but I hope I'll have a DSLR one day. 

Take a look HERE for Part 2 of my stay in Edinburgh.

8 comments on "My First Ever Trip to Scotland: Edinburgh (Part 1)"
  1. I really, really would love to go to Scotland one day. In fact it's on my list of many places I want to travel to :)

    These are beautiful photos, and cute blog altogether!

    Jes | Naturally Jes

    1. Thanks so much! I'm always weary about the photos because of my cheap little camera, so that means a lot! I'll definitely check out your blog :) Imogen x

  2. You're blog is fabulous! Do you mind checking my blog out?

  3. I really want to go to Scotland too, your pictures made me want to go even more :P

    Ana xo

    1. It's lovely! Your blog is cute! Imogen x

  4. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, I am so envious!


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