After saying I’d venture to the Scottish capital many times over the last few years, I finally booked a weekend getaway with my boyfriend on a wet weekend in November. First thing’s first, Edinburgh is stunning. Filled with gothic structures, intricate architecture and cosmopolitan haunts, it really is picture-postcard worthy. We checked into the 4* Carlton Hotel in the centre of the city, not too far from Edinburgh Waverley Station. As soon as we arrived (dripping wet and freezing!) we were greeted by warm smiles from the friendly staff. Our room was suitably lavish and included refreshments, a large TV, a mini fridge and luxury toiletries. We head to the leisure facilities in the hotel and enjoyed a relaxing swim before making full use of the sauna, steam room and hot tub.
Edinburgh is renowned for its fine food and drink, and we weren’t disappointed! As well as a tasty breakfast in the hotel each morning, we went to the popular Burgers & Beers Grillhouse and the grungy Holyrood 9A. We were particularly impressed with the latter, as each dish came with chips (it’s a pet hate of mine when you have to pay extra for them!) and our burgers were cooked to perfection. I also braved haggis during my Scottish short break and… (Drumroll, please) really enjoyed it!
Due to the freezing cold weather, we mainly shopped on the Saturday – much to the chagrin of my boyfriend. Edinburgh is perfect for a spot of retail therapy as each of its flagship stores are massive and stock a great range of goodies and gifts. I was also happy to see a lovely variety of independent stores – the city clearly has an alternative approach to retail which was refreshing to see.
My absolute favourite part of the trip was visiting Camera Obscura for an afternoon of optical illusions and mischief. The attraction is built in a large tower with an intrusive camera perched on top of it. As we ascended the stairs, we realised we could spy on the people below on the streets from the top of the tower! Other highlights included seeing what I’d look like as a man, watching the light illusions and discovering new and mind-bending pieces of art.
We also enjoyed spotting all of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks on a stroll through the city, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat and the Scott Monument. When the rain got too heavy, we simply popped into a coffee shop for a hot drink and some shelter from the weather! We were both extremely impressed by Edinburgh’s vast culture and friendly locals and we shall certainly be planning another break there for the near future.
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