Edinburgh, Scotland | Part 1
Edinburgh is the capitol of Scotland and was my absolute favorite place that I have ever been. Not only is it a beautiful city with a historic past, but the people were friendly and happy, the food was delicious, the public transportation is easy to navigate, and the Scottish accent is dreamy. I wish we would have spent less time in London and more time here to be honest, but we can always go back.
We got our first taste of Edinburgh while finding our apartment. This is the street we stayed on and it was quite charming. We stayed in an AirBnB and it was fantastic. Located literally 50 feet from a bus stop, right next to a Chinese restaurant (so good!), and down the street from a pub and a grocery store it was the perfect location. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Edinburgh I highly recommend the apartment we stayed in. You can book it here.
Once we settled in we took the bus into the city center. Our first stop was the Scott Monument, which is the largest monument to a writer in the world.
It’s huge! You can climb up to the top, but we were being lazy.
Sir Walter Scott is famous for his Waverly novels among other plays and novels he wrote. He’s also famous for rediscovering The Crown Jewels of Scotland after they had been hidden away in Edinburgh Castle for many years.
We also saw our first bagpiper in front of the Scott Monument. He was actually really good and it added a special something to walk through Edinburgh and hear bagpipes playing.
After we left the Scott Monument we just kinda roamed around until we found the Royal Mile. We knew the general direction that we needed to go, but we decided to just take the side streets which was honestly the best thing we could have done. We saw so many beautiful things and got a lot of terrific views of the city on our little journey.
We also found a store that sold bagpipes, but my lovely husband told me he wouldn’t allow them in our home. -_-
He wouldn’t wear a kilt either. He really killed my joy in the hour we went exploring.
We knew when we found the Royal Mile because it was jam packed full of people. It was nuts!
We decided that we would look inside St. Giles’ Cathedral. It’s free besides a £2 donation per person to take pictures. Worth it. St. Giles gets it right. Charge me to allow me to take pictures and I will gladly give you my money, but if you tell me I can’t then I’ll just sneak them anyway.
It honestly is a gorgeous church. It’s very different from St. Paul’s Cathedral, but I really enjoy Gothic architecture so I probably enjoyed St. Giles’ Cathedral more.
The church was founded in the 12th century. The present day church was built in the 14th century and extensively restored in the 19th century. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Giles, the patron saint of Edinburgh.
The church is full of history and you can spend a good amount of time in here. We found that it wasn’t all that crowded inside. A lot of people seem to take their picture outside, but don’t go inside for some reason. Definitely go inside if you’re in Edinburgh.
More wandering led us to The Scotch Whisky where we drank water 😉
Then we walked up to Edinburgh Castle. This place was packed. I think if we ever went here again that we would go in the early morning because it was really miserable trying to fight the crowds everywhere in here. I know we would have stayed longer and enjoyed it more had we not felt so rushed and crowded.
The castle is made up of several different buildings. You can explore The Great Hall, walk in the dungeons, look at various displays of swords and armor, and walk through many different museums and memorials. There actually is a lot to do here.
Entrance to the dungeons.
Honestly seeing this was pretty cool.
They also had a dog cemetery which is so sweet.
You can witness the firing of the 1:00 gun each day.
You can also stand in line forever to see the Stone of Destiny and the Crown Jewels of Scotland only to see this picture right as you enter the vault. I wasn’t pleased. You get to see the crown and sceptre used in coronations as well as The Stone of Destiny and a random sword that they have no idea why it was hidden away the other 3 items.
There are also some really good views of Edinburgh from the castle. You can see out to the ocean.
After we left the castle we took another side street to go to our next destination. I spotted this plaque and stopped to read it. On this site 24 known women were burnt at the stake who had been convicted of witchcraft. It’s believed that hundreds more were executed in the vicinity of the well and the castle. I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoyed Edinburgh so much, because it seemed that everywhere you looked you could see pieces of history.
After this we spent the rest of the day looking at Harry Potter stuff, so I’ll write about that in its own post.
Edinburgh Part 2 http://ourpassportpages.com/2016/07/31/edinburgh-scotland-part-2-all-about-harry-potter/