The husband and I had a week off in February, coinciding with Valentines Day, so we booked a mid-week mini break to Edinburgh. A city we’d always thought of going but never been. There were a few places we had in mind to go and eat, and thanks to twitter we added a couple more. As well as this we had almost 3 days exploring the city and losing ourselves in the magical and historical streets.
After a quick flight up from Birmingham we arrived at our hotel in the early afternoon, dumped our bags and immediately headed out into the city. We were lucky enough to have a hotel right on the royal mile, so we decided to wander all the way down towards the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. The day was a bit grey but it stayed dry and we managed to get some great photos. There wasn’t time to go inside the palace, but we vowed to return the next morning for just that. On our way back to the hotel we came across a great deli – Cranachan and Crowdie, which we had been recommended to us to try as foodies. We had a lovely chat to the owner and picked up some great local Scottish goodies including some honey, specialist herb chutney and some GreatGlen Venison Salami (which is beautiful!) When had a break for coffee and cake at Mimi’s Bakehouse, a gorgeous family run bakery which has a couple of shops in Edinburgh and out on the Shore at Leith. Lee indulged in a peanut butter blondie, whilst I had a Mars Bar Cupcake. Back at the hotel we had a nice relaxing dip in their pool before getting ready for our first meal out. This was at well renowned fish and seafood restaurant Ondine, and you can read my full review here.
The next day dawned and weather was actually pretty good. We checked out the beautiful Holyrood Palace as planned, before taking a stroll around the Grassmarket area, with its trendy boutiques and vintage shops. We then headed for lunch at Timberyard – a restaurant making waves in Edinburgh and it really lived up to the hype. Have a look here.
The afternoon was spent at the amazing Edinburgh Castle and stepping back in time to discover its history.
Late into the afternoon we took a tour on the Scottish Whiskey Experience and found out just that little bit more about their favourite export. It was actually really interesting even though I’m not a whiskey fan, and Lee loved it. We got to taste a few different whiskeys and also have a look at the largest whiskey collection from a single collector in the world, that is housed there. And of course we couldn’t leave without buying a couple of tipples that now have pride of place on the alcohol shelf at home! Evening again and time for our makeshift Valentines day meal. This was a couple of days early and took place at Castle Terrace. Part of the Tom Kitchin restaurant group you can read about our experience here.
Our last full day in Edinburgh and the weather turned a bit. It was wet and windy, not the best for our trip out to Leith to check out the Royal Yacht Britannia. At least it was dry on board the ship and it was fascinating to look around, and have a cuppa on the top deck that had been converted into a tea room. We made our way to lunch at Restaurant Martin Wishart, on the Shore in Leith, and again were treated to some great food. We spent a little while looking around Leith and then the famous Princes Street Shops before heading back to the hotel exhausted.
A rather turbulent and roller coaster flight early the next morning landed us back in the homeland of Birmingham, at least it was only a 40 minute flight! We had a great time in Edinburgh and thought it was a fantastic city with so much to give. We’d love to back again soon and explore further.
Have you been to Edinburgh? I’d love to know where you went and what you thought.