In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts.
We were pleasantly surprised by Scotland’s capital. We had two days to explore the city but definitely could’ve stayed longer. We flew into Edinburgh Airport from Cork, Ireland. Taxis were plentiful and easy to find, even for the five of us plus all of our luggage.
We rented a flat not far from Edinburgh Castle. We traveled by foot and walked on average for 7 miles a day around the “old town” section of the city. We kept saying to one another “I could totally see us living here!”
Half of the time we thought we were in Hogwarts. After all, J.K. Rowling wrote several of the Harry Potter books while living in Edinburgh. The cobblestone streets are lined with Medieval buildings with ironwork and hand-painted signs.
Since we were there on a sunny Saturday in June, the Royal Mile was packed with people. We waited outside for 20 minutes to enter into the Edinburgh Castle, one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
My favorite things about visiting Edinburgh included: sampling delicious tea at Eteaket Tea Room, discovering a new favorite painting at the National Gallery of Scotland, spending way too much money at the Cath Kidston store on George Street, trying a sausage roll at the Saturday Farmer’s Market outside the castle, eating authentic Kurdish food at Hanam’s (not once, but twice), and watching a fife and drum competition in Prince’s Street Garden.
Watching the pipe and drum band competition in Prince’s Street Garden. Warning: the sound is loud!