Monday, 7 January 2019

How to Make Edinburgh Your Own | Travel Tips

Edinburgh is one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK. As the capital of Scotland, it draws plenty of visitors each year, especially in August, when the world-renowned arts festival takes place. If you're thinking about a trip to Edinburgh, you might want to avoid doing all of the usual things or just having the same old experience that everyone else has. Fortunately, there's plenty to do in Edinburgh and you can enjoy it however you like. Even if you do choose to do all of the usual tourist things, you can do them in your own way and make some unique memories.
I would love to visit Edinburgh, and Scotland in general. From what I have heard there is so much history, culture and friendliness from the locals. I love Billy Connolly and recently been watching his documentary on Scotland and I am a massive Outlander fan so anything Scottish I love right now! 

Get Around Without a Car

You definitely don't need a car to explore Edinburgh. It's easy to reach the city by train or perhaps plane if you're travelling from further away (like London). Once you arrive, you can get around

by bus or tram. Parts of the city are pedestrianised too, so it's easy to walk around and discover the city how you want to. Of course, if you need to get somewhere and you don't want to use public transport, you can always take a taxi. Sometimes it's a more convenient option, especially late at night.
Find Somewhere Cosy for Food and Drink

Scotland isn't exactly known for its sunshine. There can be some nice weather in the summer, but it's hardly a tropical paradise. Fortunately, winter is one of the best times to explore Edinburgh. While there's plenty going on during the summer, Edinburgh can be lovely when it's colder too. In fact, it gives you the perfect opportunity to find somewhere to keep warm. There are some great pubs, including some that even have open fires, that are just the things for a few drinks and maybe a pub lunch too. Food might not be the first thing you think of when you think about Scotland (although drink might be), but there's plenty to explore.

Enjoy All the Popular Haunts (Sometimes Literally)
There are lots of places around Edinburgh that are popular with tourists, from Edinburgh Castle to the National Museum of Scotland. Some people are put off by tourist spots, but don't let the fact that they're busy stop you from visiting. There's plenty to see along the Royal Mile, whether you want to go shopping or you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal. Some of Edinburgh's most popular activities are more unusual too, like going on a ghost tour or checking out Real Mary King's Close, which reveals some of the history of the city.

Discover Local Culture - Even Outside of the Fringe Festival

Edinburgh is brimming with culture. The festival in Edinburgh is a highlight, but it's not the only time you can take in the capital's culture. In fact, many people think that it's too crowded during the summer, and there's still a lot to see during the rest of the year. Other big cultural events include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which also takes place in August, the Highland Games and Hogmanay (New Year). You can also visit places like the National Museum of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Take in the History of the City

Edinburgh has been recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century. It's a city with a lot of history, although it's often a modern city too. If you're looking for some history, the castle is a good place to start, but it's certainly not the only place to go to. You can take in lots of history simply by walking around and observing the architecture and various monuments. Take a look at the Scottish Parliament building or try a trip to St Giles' Cathedral to enjoy some of the city's best known architecture.

Spend Some Time Outdoors

If you're lucky enough to experience a clear day in Edinburgh, you might want to spend some time outside. One of the best things to do is to visit a park or perhaps go to a garden. For example, Princes Street Gardens offer a great place for a stroll between the Old Town and New Town. The Royal Botanic Garden offers a slightly more formal option. You can get in for free and see a wide range of plants and flowers, and you can pay to get into the glasshouses to see more if you want to. -------------------------------------------------

Edinburgh has so much to offer, and you can find ways of making it your own. Plan an itinerary that you will enjoy. Mol xo This is a collaborative post.


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