Edinburgh travel guide

Settled around two extinct volcanoes and steeped in history, Edinburgh is a cultural, culinary powerhouse boasting dramatic scenery, excellent food and fabulous shopping. With lots to see and do, it's a great destination for a weekend city break. If you're planning a trip to Auld Reekie, here's my mini travel guide to the Scottish capital...... Continue Reading →

The Scran & Scallie

My mother is a big Tom Kitchin fan and one of her ambitions is to eat in his restaurant, The Kitchin. Unfortunately it's booked up months in advance and as our trip to Edinburgh was very last minute, I decided to take my mother to the next best thing, Kitchin and Dominic Jack's gastropub The Scran & Scallie.... Continue Reading →

Forth Bridges

I love a good boat trip, I like to think it gives me a different perspective of a place. On my trip to Edinburgh, I was looking to take a boat to Inchcolm Island and hadn't realised that South Queensferry, from which they depart, is beside both Forth Bridges. This was a welcome surprise and... Continue Reading →

Inchcolm Island

In the middle of the Firth of Forth is Inchcolm Island, a small, pretty, idyllic island home to a medieval abbey, tunnels dating back to the First World War, and lots and lots of sea gulls. It's also a very relaxing place to spend a sunny afternoon. I caught the ferry to the island from South... Continue Reading →

Linlithgow Palace

Just 20 minutes on the train from Edinburgh is Linlithgow Palace, the birth place of Mary, Queen of Scots. It's now a ruined shell, but nevertheless possesses a distinguished, stately air. When I first stepped into the palace, I entered the courtyard above and at first glance it didn't look as though there'd be much to see or that it... Continue Reading →

Rosslyn Chapel

With its intricate stone carvings over its walls, ceilings and pillars, the medieval Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin not far from Edinburgh, makes for a fascinating  visit. Possibly best known for its role as the setting of one of the pivotal scenes in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the romantic 15th century... Continue Reading →

Arthur’s Seat

The first time I visited Edinburgh I was transfixed by Arthur's Seat and vowed to climb it the next time I was in the city. Fast forward 10 years and on my return to Edinburgh, I found Arthur's Seat to be much bigger and much more imposing than I'd remembered. Undaunted, I set off to... Continue Reading →

Holyrood Palace and Abbey

One of the Queen's two residences in Scotland (the other being Balmoral), Holyrood is situated in the centre of Edinburgh at the bottom of the Royal Mile opposite the Scottish Parliament and boasts magnificent views of Arthur's Seat. Inside the palace, you can tour the state apartments, which are open to the public whenever the royal family... Continue Reading →

Edinburgh Castle

Perched high on top of one of Edinburgh's two dormant volcanoes is Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortification that dominates the surrounding landscape. A citadel home to lots of different buildings rather than a simple stone castle, it's worth taking the time to explore all the many structures within the castle walls, such as the various museums (including one on prisoners of war and a couple... Continue Reading →

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