- Country: Scotland
- Month of Travel: June 2018
- Airline: Easyjet
- Flight Time: 1 hour
- Currency: Pound Sterling
- Group: 11 people
- Reason: My beautiful friends hen do / bachelorette
I’ve always found it a lil funny, that I’ve been all the way to places like Hong Kong and Thailand, yet never been to Scotland which shares a border with England ( Where I reside!) and that I can very easily hop on the train or drive to! I finally got the chance to combine Country 27 with a friend’s hen do! Our city of choice? Cue: Girls Trip: Edinburgh Scotland. Finally Scotland – I made it!
We opted to fly. The train takes far too long and we don’t live that far from the airport. Flight Time was a grand total of 1 hour with EasyJet and it’s pretty cool to not have to show your passport, even though you need it!
Once we got to Edinburgh Airport, the first thing I noticed, was glorious weather! I always wanted to see Scotland and it’s true beauty with bright blue skies and the sun out and we got incredibly lucky.
It’s important you get the picture of that sign… There was a lady conveniently taking a business call standing right in front of the sign, so I opted for just the U.
The communication from inside the airport is pretty clear on how to get to the City Centre using public transport. You have both a choice of Tram and Train, and they both leave from right outside the front door of the airport. We opted for the Airlink100 ( Stop D) . It runs every 10 mins and takes 30 mins to get to it’s very last stop which is Waverley Bridge. Tickets are £4.50 single or £7.50 return. We rode it to Haymarket.
We were staying in a Stay City apartment, but check in wasn’t till later, so I’d done my research on which of the closest hotels in the area would store luggage and I stumbled upon Haymarket Hub Hotel which is literally round the corner from the bus stop. The staff were great and you pay £5 per item.
From here you can take a 20 minute walk down towards Edinburgh Castle. We did this, went to a few shops, before visiting Old Town and grabbing a bite to eat at Byron.
Once we picked up our bags, we did a stroll towards the apartment, crossing a drawbridge. I realised we had a canal side apartment, instantly Love!
For brunch the next morning, I’d recommend Montpeliers. A cute place which opens as early as 7am and closes at 11pm!. Food is fab – Brunch & Pancakes I can vouch for, Bellini’s went down a treat and there’s a great buzzy atmostphere. Worked really well with our large group.
To walk off brunch, we visited Calton Hill. A short slightly steep walk up from Old Town where you can visit Nelson’s Monument and see a stunning view of the city and Arthur’s seat.
If you have a friend like mine who then suggests you climb to the top of Arthurs Seat – decline! LOL. It’s absolutely stunning when the sun is out, beautiful views of hills, lakes etc and it’ll take you about 45 mins to an hour to walk up, depending on your ability. I’d recommend decent shoes and plenty of water, there’s a lot of loose gravel and this makes it a bit more of a challenge. This was no easy feat or light stroll – it did indeed highlight how unfit I am!
After you can no longer feel your legs and your hamstring wonders who you are! Get over the walk by dressing up and going to a cocktail master class, surely everything is solved with Vodka! In Edinburgh’s new town, you’ll find Le Monde Hotel. Which has a club downstairs and a bar / restaurant upstairs. They accommodated 11 of us and you get to make two cocktails each. They have quite an extensive list of cocktails to choose from and they do make the experience fun.
From here, we popped upstairs for dinner in a private dining room, followed by a couple drinks at the bar, before heading back down to the club to party the night away. If you can, pre – book an area and some drinks.
The next morning we headed to Dalhousie Castle which is about 30 minutes out of the city in Bonnyrigg. Here you have a spa in lovely grounds, where we picked either a facial or a massage and made use of the spa facilities. We then had afternoon tea in the conservatory and relaxed before returning to the airport for the flight home.
We found a guy to take a photo of us in the Edinburgh sign, with no one else in the shot, it was no easy feat – but he was successful! So thank you kind man!
And thank you Ladies for being great travel buddies! ( & Photographers)
Edinburgh you are an amazing city with lovely people and I’ll definitely be back!