Our Catherine loves a short break away, and we love nothing more than hearing all about her adventures when she’s back in the office. Her latest trip took her all the way to Edinburgh, and she’s here to give us a run down of the best royal sights to see in the Scottish capital…
Edinburgh is well known for its vibrant events and cultural festivals, yet the Scottish capital has plenty going for it all year-round, as I found out on my latest weekend short break.
After a picturesque train journey along the Northumberland coast I arrived in Edinburgh ready and raring to see what the historic city was made of. Opting for a central hotel, as always high on my list of priorities when exploring a new destination. On this occasion, I chose the luxurious Radisson Blu Edinburgh; which certainly lived up to its 4* rating! The hotel lies in prime position, in the middle of the Royal Mile, and just a five minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. Welcoming staff, excellent leisure facilities and a super buffet breakfast made for the perfect city hotel. The bedrooms were complete with the ever-present Scottish tartan bed sheets, classic shortbread treats, and my personal favourite – unlimited Nespresso coffee!
Deciding to purchase the Royal Edinburgh Ticket made sightseeing plans a breeze… or as the Scottish say ‘Nee bother’. The fantastic combi-ticket allows visitors a 48 hour pass for travel on a range of bus tours, entrance to Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyrood House and The Royal Yacht Britannia. After a quick refresh I headed back onto the Royal Mile, hopped on The Majestic Tour bus. Complete with audio guide I began to take in the rich history and famous regal sites.
The first stop was the Royal Yacht Britannia; based a little out of the city in Leith, a must for any fan of the royals. I learnt about life on board, the running of the ship, crew and how the royals sailed the world. It was something different and an attraction not to be missed. Next up was a visit to Holyrood Palace, complete with an audio guide. It was a step back in history and particularly fascinating to see the rooms of Mary Queen of Scots. After exploring you can take a stroll into the gardens, through the abbey ruins to view the glorious setting of the hills surrounding the city. Walk down the royal mile or pop back on the tour bus to see the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle. Visit the castle in time for 1pm and watch the gun fire across the city. To enjoy amazing panoramic views, the walk up the Castle hill to the top is worth it!
Edinburgh has it all – quaint Scottish shops, unique architecture, numerous museums, quirky pubs and don’t forget the tartan! For a sightseeing buff The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is definitely worth the money and was the perfect accompaniment to my short break in Edinburgh!
What sights and delights have you visited in Edinburgh? Let us know using the comments box below.