Travel Inspiration | Edinburgh

     As the city I’ve called home for the longest, Edinburgh is a special place to me. I think it’s a beautiful, fascinating city, with so much to explore – honestly, this post could have been twice as long as it is! The streets have so many stories to tell, and sometimes it’s my job to tell them… And considering there’s been a settlement here for thousands of years now, those stories are long, rich, and complex, spanning the centuries. Take a look for yourself….

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, perched on top of an extinct volcano, once home to royals, and a military fortress protecting the city.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Hub, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Writers' Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Old Town, with the Royal Mile running down the middle of it, is the ancient, medieval area of the city, brimming with history. Here you’ll find St Giles’ Cathedral, Holyrood Palace, and many more sights, as well as the closes, the hidden cobbled side streets, with steep stairways, leading to hidden courtyards and gardens!

Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland

John Knox House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh, Scotland

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

Old Town skyline, Edinburgh, Scotland

Also in the Old Town, explore Victoria Street and Grassmarket for shopping, food, and pubs galore, tucked underneath the castle. Nearby, the Meadows offers a huge, grassy park, which is pretty to walk through in both summer and winter.

The Meadows, Edinburgh, Scotland

Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh, Scotland
New College, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

McEwan Hall, Teviot & Bristo Square, Edinburgh University, Scotland

View from the Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

View from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland

National Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

View from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Check out some of the University buildings, like New College and McEwan Hall, stunning pieces of architecture! For some of the best views over the city, head to the bottom of the Royal Mile and climb Arthur’s Seat, or try the smaller Calton Hill, over in the New Town.

Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ross Fountain & Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

Merchants' Hall, New Town architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland

Balmoral Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Bernard's Well, Water of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Bernard's Well, Water of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

The New Town is full of Neo-Classical and Georgian architecture to admire and explore. Take a walk through Princes Street Gardens to see the Scott Monument and the Ross Fountain, with a different angle of the Castle. Continue north of the New Town to the Water of Leith, with the picturesque areas of Dean Village and Stockbridge along its banks.

Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

View from Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

View from Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Continue to Leith itself, once a separate town that has been incorporated into Edinburgh. This was the port area, where ships would come to trade around the world, and the area has its own distinct atmosphere. For more climbing and views of the city, also check out Corstorphine Hill and Blackford Hill.

Cramond Island, Edinburgh, Scotland

Cramond Island, Edinburgh, Scotland

Coast near Cramond, Edinburgh, Scotland

Beach near Cramond, Edinburgh, Scotland

Forth Railway Bridge, South Queensferry near Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote on Scottish Parliament 'Edinburgh is a mad god's dream' - Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is on the shores of the North Sea and Firth of Forth, so there’s miles of coast line to explore, from Portobello in the east, all the way round past Leith, and Cramond Island, and even as far as South Queensferry, where the Forth Crossings straddle the water over to Fife.
Edinburgh is a unique, somewhat chaotic city, where no two areas look the same. I’ve lived here for years and still haven’t explored every corner of this city I call home. And I think that quote, found on the side of the Parliament building, sums it up pretty well!