My First Impressions of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a gorgeous city. Within seconds of coming out of the train station my eyes were staring all over the place at the amazing buildings and statues. We walked up some steps and through a medieval archway to get to the Royal Mile. This historic stretch leads from the castle all of the way to Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of the Queen.

Royal Mile

Cobbled streets, mysterious side-street archways and shops selling whisky and kilts were all in abundance along the Royal Mile.

This is such a pretty street that was brimming with tourists yet still managed to maintain so much character and authenticity, mainly due to the breathtaking buildings.

It is unbelievable how much you can actually get done in an afternoon that was largely set aside as time for us to ‘find our bearings’. It was ridiculously windy and just beginning to rain. Despite the weather, we decided to take the steps up to Calton Hill – a great viewpoint over the city which has some interesting monuments. It was bracing, but we still managed to enjoy the elevated views over Edinburgh.

Carton Hill

From up here, we also spotted some views of Arthur’s Seat, another popular viewpoint.

Another observation from my first day in Edinburgh: this city looks really stunning at night…

More posts on Edinburgh to come. Have you ever visited Scotland’s capital city? What were your highlights?

 

6 Comments

  1. February 21, 2012 / 03:20

    I was there years ago and loved it.
    The view from Arthur’s Seat is wonderful.
    The walking ghost tours were also great, and a fun way to learn about some of the history of Edinburgh.
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    • February 23, 2012 / 21:58

      Hi Lynette, I agree with you about Arthur’s Seat. This was definitely one of my highlights. Didn’t get to do a ghost tour but did the Mary King Close underground tour which was quite good and took a walk around Greyfriars Cemetery which was ridiculously spooky :-)
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  2. February 22, 2012 / 01:43

    Beautiful architecture. There definitely seems to be a lot of history.
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  3. February 24, 2012 / 16:46

    The place is undoubtedly rich in history. The buildings look classic yet magnificent. Looking forward for more of your photos. :)