Scotland has been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember. And no, it’s not just because I’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies approximately 15 times each. (Though it might have recently moved closer to the top of the said list because of a certain male lead in Outlander.) Exploring Edinburgh, Scotland has been on my bucket list because of the history, the food, specifically, I wanted to try haggis, and the possibility of adventure.
As I boarded my Norwegian flight across the pond, I had countless iconic scenes of lush countryside and ancient castles. The thrill of exploring a new country and city, trying new foods and meeting new people, had me on the edge of my seat. Luckily, I was able to relax on my comfy flight from Providence to Edinburgh. The seven hours FLEW by. (Pun intended.)
Edinburgh is one of my new favorite cities. It’s great for exploration on your own, a romantic getaway, or a foodie getaway with your girlfriends. I scoured the city for my favorite spots, and I compiled them here for you. This is, by no means, a definitive list. I’ll be updating when I return. Which, hopefully, is very soon.
THE DISPATCH: WHERE TO STAY
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, The Royal Mile (formally The G&V Royal Mile Hotel) is the perfect respite after a long day of sightseeing through this beautiful historic city.
The Principal Edinburgh is a gorgeous hotel with gorgeous views. George Street is bustling so when you’re ready to leave the comfort of your room, adventure is right outside.
THE DIGEST: WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Great coffee, toasts and baked goods. This is the perfect spot for breakfast, mid-morning snack, and lunch.
Housed in the former home of the Wind and the Willows author. Enjoy some soup, sandwiches, and maybe a cocktail or two while taking in all of the Wind and the Willows characters decorating the interiors of the restaurant.
A pub and restaurant located right outside of Edinburgh castle. Go for the a la carte menu or take part in the tasting menu. (The chef is wonderfully accommodating and created a dairy-free tasting menu for me!)
I love Dishoom. It’s a wonderful restaurant that serves the best interpretation of Indian cuisine that I’ve ever had.
The restaurant in The Principal Edinburgh, The Printing Press is a beautifully decorated spot with lots of light. Partake in a gin cocktail (I recommend The Bramble) and the fish and chips.
A super cool restaurant and bar located in an alley off The Royal Mile. Try some Scottish whisky or have the talented bartenders make a gin-based cocktail.
THE DISPATCH: WHAT TO SEE & DO
Grab your sneakers and head up to the top of Arthur’s Seat for the ultimate view of Edinburgh.
Tough to miss, the Edinburgh Castle is the centerpiece of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Take a tour and a have a tasting experience at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery. I learned so much about gin and the old (and current) gin craze.
A charming street full of cafes, nooks and cobblestone streets. A great spot for a picture or two.
A quaint winding lane in the middle of Edinburgh. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for some photographs, Circus Lane is your spot.
Located just outside of Edinburgh, Winton is a castle used to host falconry and clay shooting activities.
A million thank yous to Visit Britain, Visit Scotland and Love Loch Lomond for inviting me to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Lomond! Shout out to Norwegian Airlines for my flights to Edinburgh. If you’re interested in visiting Scotland, learn more at www.visitbritain.com. All opinions and images are my own.
If you want to check out my other travel adventures, head over to my Travel section.