Do you ever travel to a new city and don’t know what to expect? Yes, well that was me. Up until 2 weeks ago, I had never traveled outside the US to Europe ( only Canada ). I have to say that it was an experience I am so grateful to have had. I’ve always wanted to go to the U.K. for years and years.
There is so much to write about that I don’t even know where to begin! The first city I went to was Edinbrough in Scotland. So, I thought I would write a post on my adventures there!
I have always loved the old towns of England but never paid much attention to Scotland. I knew it for the beautiful highlands which is I am sure is what most people think of when they hear about Scotland. The old buildings and castle ruins around the city are just breathtaking.
I think Edinburgh has to be one of my favorite cities now and here are all the reasons I fell in love with it.
If we are talking about history, then Edinburgh is the place to be. It is filled with buildings that date back to the 12th century, just like the famous Edinburgh castle that sits high on the hill overlooking the city. It is truly a beautiful sight to see. Most of the town is old, a few modern buildings but they blend in well so the overall feel is just like something from a fairytale. We walked all over the cobblestone streets that lined the old stone houses and shops. Bright colors filled the city, window boxes and cute doors, you name it all darling!
There are tons of things to do for visitors, shops, museums ( which are all free ) pubs, live music, and hiking. We went up to Arthur’s seat which I had heard about a few times. So glad we did because the view was amazing at sunset! I love how even in the midst of the city there are a few miles of hiking trails which lead up to an incredible cliff and mountains. Finding old castle ruins are not far from home either!
The people are amazing, everyone is so kind and friendly. I didn’t know what to expect, I think in California everyone seems so rushed and mad all the time. It was such a relief to see the relaxed side of life. Meet some great people and just enjoyed all the Scottish welcomes!
Another thing I really loved about Edinburgh is that it is a very safe city. Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area you are used to a level of danger always. But in Edinburgh, I never once felt like I needed to clutch my bag or check to see if anyone was following me. That said, walking around the city is a joy and something that was super fun to do. Everything is fairly close together so a car really is not needed unless you want to do some out of city exploring.
There really is so much more I could say about this city, but one other thing I want to mention is the food. Finding little pubs with great pies and all that classic food is amazing. Not only are there tons of great places but they are so welcoming to people it feels like you are walking into your best friends house.
If you are wanting an adventure then put Scotland on your list for travels, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!