I have almost lived in Edinburgh for 3 years! Time flies when you’re freezing all the time. Ok, I should really lay off the weather jokes, poor Scotland. I really do love living here and I do my very best to take advantage of the many things Edinburgh has to offer. Including the attractions, because I have no problem being a tourist in my own city! So I thought I would share my favorite attractions with all of you, in the hope that you will come and visit very soon (hint, hint friends and family).
Scotch Whisky Experience
You can’t go to Scotland without a dram of whisky! And if you can’t make it out of Edinburgh to a distillery then the Scotch Whisky Experience is a great way to learn about the process, the regions and taste some amazing whisky. You can also see the world’s largest collection of unopened whisky bottles. Although my home is giving them a run for their money, as Scott has become a collector. Le sigh.
This is in Old Town which basically looks like Hogwarts filled with street performers. It’s definitely worth a walk down so you can see some pretty old buildings, human statues, bagpipers and fire baton twirlers. You can also pick up some cashmere and your very own William Wallace figurine. One stop shopping.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Underground hidden streets from the 17th century. Spooky! There’s some silly people dressed up in old timey clothes, but for the most part it’s pretty cool to go back in time and see how people lived. Which was very unsanitary and not very safe, but other than that it was good times!
The Writer’s Museum
This is a hidden gem, literally it’s hidden down a close in Edinburgh. It’s home to Sir Walter Scott (as in Rob Roy), Robert Burns (as in Auld Lang Syne) and Robert Louis Stevenson (as in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). It’s also in a charming mansion in case you don’t care about any of them.
Ya know I love a castle and Edinburgh Castle is massive! The views from the castle are beautiful and inside there are some stunning rooms, a cute chapel and some not so pretty prisons. It’s in the center of Edinburgh and I walk by it everyday on my way home from work. Don’t be jealous.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
This is one of the Queen’s holiday homes in Scotland. It’s not as big as Buckingham Palace, so when the queen is there you can’t visit unfortunately. She needs all 289 rooms to herself. This palace is where Mary, Queen of Scots wed both her husbands and witnessed the murder of her secretary. Gasp! There is also a garden party held here every summer by Her Majesty the Queen and I’m sure I will be invited this year.
National Museum of Scotland
This is the busiest museum in Scotland, but its worth the views inside and out. The main hall has gorgeous light and the rooftop terrace has some of the best views of the city. It can also entertain you for hours with several interactive exhibits or you can indulge in the fabulous food at the museum’s restaurant, The Tower. Or, speaking from experience, you can indulge in the fabulous drinks and waste your Saturday lying in bed all day. There is something here for everyone.
This monument is the tallest monument dedicated to a writer in the world, Sir Walter Scott. And apparently they were also going for the narrowest staircase in the world too. There is only one way to go up and down, so if you pass someone along your way you better suck it in. I slightly have a fear of heights and I’m claustrophobic, but these views are worth it!
The Royal Yacht Britannia
So I love a yacht and royalty so this is pretty much my ultimate combo. I will admit, I expected this to be a palace on water, however, it is more like a country house on water. Which I’m not complaining, it’s still a yacht and they have an excellent tea room where you can sit and have tea (or champagne) overlooking the water.
Hope this inspires you to come visit Edinburgh, where you can see lots of royal stuff, old books and drink whisky! What more do you need?
Spring finally found Scotland! And the first thing I did was meet some friends for wine and cheese in a park with all of Edinburgh to celebrate!