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!