Living in the North-East of England, Edinburgh is only a couple of hours away on the train. And that makes it a perfect location for a day trip.
December 2019 I headed up to the Scottish Capital, and here’s what we got up to…
You just can’t beat a Christmas Market. From handmade gifts, to mulled wine and delicious snacks, there is plenty to treat yourself to. Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is quite possibly my favourite Christmas Market I’ve been to in a city; the lights, the attractions, the stalls. And of course, the bagpipes. So if you’re looking for a December escape, Edinburgh should be at the top of your list.
Scotch Whisky Experience
If you don’t go to Edinburgh and join a whisky or gin tour then you are totally missing out. The Scotch Whisky Experience is at the top of the Royal Mile, and has been sharing their love of Scotch Whisky for 30 years. You can take part in tours, sample some of the finest whisky and even dine in their restaurant.
If you’re after a tour, there are plenty of options available at a variety of prices – you can check them all out here. We chose to do the Gold Tour, which includes a whisky barrel tour around the building, a tasting masterclass on how to truly taste the finest whisky, as well as sampling four distinct malt Scotch Whiskies, and 1 year membership to the Scotch Whisky Appreciation Society. For £29.50, I thought it was an absolute bargain of a price!
Free Walking Tour
If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of free walking tours. The majority of places I visit, I will always try and squeeze in one of these tours. In my opinion, you just can’t go wrong.
And so, we joined City Explorers Tours for an afternoon amble around the city. The tour we joined was their main tour, focusing on the highlights of the city. Our guide was SO informative, made us feel like locals and even made time for a coffee stop (bonus points!). If you’re around for more than a day, I’d highly recommend their free Harry Potter Tour and Ghost Tour!
Edinburgh is an incredible city which you can honestly spend hours exploring. Every hidden street and alleyway is home to secrets, discoveries and enchanting tales which will leave you wanting more! And whilst we only had a few hours to spend here, there’s so much more on offer…
Rugby Game (other sports are available…)
I’m a huge rugby fan, and if there’s ever a chance of being able to go to a game, I’ll hop on it. Murrayfield is Scotland’s national stadium, and is home to Edinburgh Rugby. And if there’s any game you don’t want to miss its Edinburgh v Glasgow!
Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle
An extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the hills surrounding Edinburgh and offer breathtaking views of the city. If you have a free afternoon, why not pack a picnic and go on an adventure. Meanwhile, Edinburgh Castle dominates Edinburgh’s skyline and is a must see if you’re in the city!