Far Away Places: Our Return to Edinburgh

I thought we’d take a break from the Sri Lanka themed posts for a week (yep, there’s still more to come!) and head to the less tropical shores of Bonny Scotland. Edinburgh to be exact, where we returned for my birthday in March. We decided to take my mom with us this time. We knew she’d love the Scottish capital and she hadn’t been on a plane since she was pregnant with me (airport security has changed a lot in that time, apparently!).

Here’s what we got up to…

National Gallery Edinburgh

After a slightly bumpy landing we caught the 100 Airlink bus from the airport into the city centre and stopped off at the National Gallery for coffee and cake.

Edinburgh Castle

Then it was off to the hotel to check in. We stayed in the Novotel Edinburgh Centre and were pretty impressed with the view from our window…

Mini Cakes

and the birthday goodies they gave me.

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

On the evening we took a stroll along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace.

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties

Before grabbing some grub in Whiski on the Royal Mile. I went traditional and opted for Haggis with Neeps and Tatties (it was scrumptious).

Later that evening we joined a Mercat Tours Ghost Tour where a cloaked guide told us sinister tales of the city before leading us into the infamous vaults for some more spooky stories.

Royal Yacht Britannia

The following day was my birthday, so after a satisfying breakfast we caught a cab to Leith and boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia. I was pleasantly surprised with how interesting it was, giving a sneak peek not only into where the Royals would have stayed (glam but now rather dated) but also where all the other servicemen would have bunked-up. It really was a floating town.

Sam with a pint on the Royal Yacht Britainnia, Edinburgh

There were some unmissable photo opportunities.

Chair, Royal Yacht Britannia

I fell in love with these chairs.

Ahoy there! All aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for my birthday! #Edinburgh

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Then we grabbed a scrumptious lunch on board, with some yummy tea.

Leith, Edinburgh

I then bullied  encouraged my fellow travellers to walk back to the hotel along the Water of Leith. There were groans at first, but once we started on the walk everyone seemed pleased we’d done it, walking along tree-lined, picturesque river banks certainly beats getting stuck in a traffic jam.

On the evening we headed to Jamie’s Italian for dinner, which was nice, but not as good as other Jamie’s that I’ve visited previously. Still enjoyed it though.

Holyrood House

Rain was forecast for our final day so our initial plans of conquering Arthur’s Seat were scrapped in favour of visiting Holyrood Palace, which was beautiful and full of history.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Then we climbed Calton Hill. I love the view of the city from up there.

Before heading back to the airport.

Good times.


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