5 Reasons Why I Love Edinburgh (And You Will Too!)


In collaboration with Great Little Breaks

Isn’t the weather super lovely these days? Looks like spring has finally arrived to the UK! And this makes it the perfect time for a little weekend trip to enjoy the sunshine even more :)

If you haven’t been to Edinburgh yet, move it to the top of your travel bucket list! Edinburgh is such a beautiful city with incredibly friendly people and stunning medieval architecture. I’m so happy that two friends of mine have moved there recently so I have even more reasons to fly to Edinburgh again and again :) There is so much to do in Edinburgh! Whether you just want to sit in cosy cafes, hop from one Whisky bar to another, visit the impressive Edinburgh castle or join the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour at night :) – this city will never get boring!

Top 5 Reasons Why Edinburgh Rocks

1. The Medieval Heritage

I love medieval towns and cities and Edinburgh has plenty of incredibly beautiful medieval architecture including the Edinburgh castle, lots of cathedrals, and houses and shops. Just walking around Royal Mile will make it easy to imagine what life in Edinburgh was like hundreds of years ago. Did you know that part of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile was simply built on an already existing street? Head over to the Real Mary King’s Close for a walking tour that will lead you through a subterranean labyrinth of underground streets just beneath the Royal Mile. This museum is seriously one of the most amazing museums I have ever been to. You are guided by a costumed character who brings you so close to the stories of the people that lived there hundreds of years ago, totally loved it!


2. The Whisky

Edinburgh is actually the city in which I discovered my love for Whisky! The first time I tried Whisky I really didn’t like it at all, it tasted so strong and not sweet at all. A couple of years later I went to Edinburgh and joined the Scotch Whisky Experience next to the Edinburgh castle and whoosh! That’s when my Whisky love was born :) Apart from the ‘official’ Whisky tasting beside the castle you can also just choose one of the countless incredibly quaint and cosy little Whisky bars that are located everywhere in Edinburgh and especially in the old part of the city. Have a look at the menu in one of these bars – they serve SO MANY different types of Whisky, it’s amazing :)


3. The Size

Though being the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh doesn’t at all feel like a capital city. It’s not overpopulated like many other capitals and instead has the vibe of a smaller university town. You don’t need to take the tube for everything like in London- you can WALK! There are lots of great little spots in walking distance from each other that are perfect for having coffee or a picnic. Just stroll around and be led by the wonderful vibe and ambiance. You will definitely come across a cosy and super beautiful little shop or cafe in a narrow alley that doesn’t at all have any capital city vibe to it :) Or go for a walk up to the National Monument and explore Calton Hill for amazing panoramic views of the city. If you like Rome or Barcelona, you will also love Edinburgh :)



4. The People

Though it may be a bit hard to understand Scottish people if you are not used to their accent (sorry, Scots!), do try to mingle with them. They are incredibly friendly and warm people and will make your Edinburgh experience even more fun. And the accent from Edinburgh is actually not that strong, so you will probably be fine and understand most of the conversation :) Guess what, even the taxi drivers are super welcoming and friendly!


5. The Location

First of all, Edinburgh is super easy to get to. Just fly in directly to the airport or take a train to Edinburgh. The train from London, for instance, only takes around short of 5 hours and passes through super beautiful landscapes. Second, Edinburgh is the perfect hub for exploring more of Scotland. If you don’t have time to fly all the way to New Zealand, just do a road trip through Scotland which pretty much counts as a mini version of New Zealand :)


Have I convinced you yet to put Edinburgh on your travel bucket list? In a nutshell: For a short weekend trip, spend all the days in Edinburgh; for a longer trip, also head up to the highlands (read this for inspiration).


This post is in collaboration with Great Little Breaks, a travel company with lovely little weekend breaks and last minute deals for lots of destinations in the UK. And if you don’t fancy a city break, check out their amazing countryside breaks :) Can’t wait to go travelling again!



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  1. robin masshole mommy
    March 15, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I have Scottish roots and would LOVE to visit there someday. It’s on my bucket list and I Know for a fact that I will love it there.

  2. March 15, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Wow – this looks ideal! I would love to visit Scotland (not sure its gunna happen in my lifetime) and would definitely mingle with the people (despite the accents!) to get to really know the culture and vibe. Beautiful architecture too!

  3. March 15, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I’m Scottish and I’d love to go visit someday! The whiskey sounds fantastic! And I’d love to see the old buildings!

  4. March 15, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Yes I think I should add it to my bucket list! I love that though it is the capitol it doesn’t feel over populated.

  5. March 15, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Though I have never been, It looks lovely! I love the castles and all of the medieval architecture! I have always though that was just so pretty.

  6. March 15, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I’m almost entirely Scottish and have been dying to go explore Scotland. I can definitely imagine they can be hard to understand from time to time. Definitely on my bucket list. Love the photos!

  7. March 16, 2017 / 12:01 am

    This looks like a place my husband and I would enjoy exploring together. The medieval heritage would be really interesting to see along with the many other reasons you mention here.

  8. March 16, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Yes! It is gorgeous! It hasn’t been on my bucket list before, but it is now!

  9. Debra
    March 16, 2017 / 4:11 am

    Oh man, this place looks amazing! What history this place has and what fun it would be!!

  10. March 16, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Wow. You’ve convinced me to one day visit Edinburgh. The photos you took of the buildings are absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Reesa Lewandowski
    March 16, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    What a historical looking town!!! I would love to visit one day! Going to the UK is a dream of mine!

  12. March 16, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I can’t see any reason why one wouldn’t love that city! Oh my god, the architecture is incredible

  13. Krystle Cook
    March 17, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    It’s always great when you visit a place and the people are also wonderful. I would love to visit one day!

  14. March 17, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place and I’m so glad you wrote about it! It looks so beautiful and definitely some place I want to visit to add to my bucket list! What a beautiful place and I love looking at medieval art and structures because they are just so intricate!

  15. Lydia
    March 17, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    This looks like such a gorgeous city to visit. The architecture is so pretty and sounds like there is a lot to do!

  16. March 18, 2017 / 12:52 am

    Yesssss! We’re planning a Euro trip and Scotland is the primary stop. Thank you for getting me even more excited!

  17. March 18, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    You have convinced me to put Edinburgh on my bucket list! I loved Rome so I am sure I will love this. Traveling to places with history and things like underground tours is one my of favorite things to do! Thanks for the great suggestion.

  18. March 20, 2017 / 12:34 am

    One day, I hope to travel here. THe architecture alone is a sight to see! Your pictures truly capture it all!

  19. April 11, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Yay! I have always dreamt of Edinburgh; visiting here would be a dream come true. Everything about Edinburgh is just soooooooo amazing!

  20. April 12, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I LOVE Edinburgh! And I most definitely love the people. We were there for New Years a couple of years ago and it way great. Everything shuts down on January 1st though…And I mean literally everything!

  21. April 14, 2017 / 3:15 am

    I lived in the UK for a little over four years and had the chance to take a week long trip to Edinburgh. I went along with a friend and also met up with another while we were there. It was SO beautiful. We went on one of those underground ghost tours, which was really interesting as well. There is so much history and beauty throughout the city.

  22. Elizabeth O
    April 21, 2017 / 11:23 am

    I’ve been to Edinburgh and your post brought back good memories of my trips there alone and with friends. It’s a beautiful city with a great university and warm welcoming people.

  23. April 27, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Edinburgh is my favourite city in the UK, I have been so many times over the years, and twice this year already. I love everything about it, and a night out there is fantastic!

  24. May 7, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    I spent New Year’s in Edinburgh for Hogmanay. While it was so very cold, I loved exploring the city. I loved the fairytale feel and I did a whisky tasting that was a lot of fun. The only thing I still have on my list is to visit the castle!

  25. June 2, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I totally relate to everything you see! Such a nice city! I have studied and lived there for a year and really, I loved it! xx corinne

  26. July 9, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    You have some lovely pictures there. Surely Edinburgh is a picturesque place. Unlike London, it has a serenity without losing the city vibe.

  27. July 10, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I literally love Edinburgh.
    Edinburgh has this smell and it whenever I smell something similar it takes me straight back.
    I love the cobbled mile, sound of bagpipes and the history with Mary Kings close and the grayfriars bobby.

  28. December 9, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I think I have skipped a few destinations. I have bookmarked your blog for our next travelling adventure.

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