After reading the Outlander series years ago, Edinburgh has been on my bucket list of travel destinations. Granddaddy was awfully generous to work it into our 2022 travel plans, which turned out to be quite a feat since it has to be the hardest European town to get in or out of. We were getting pretty worn out after our weeklong Irish adventures, but when we stepped out onto the Royal Mile and heard those bagpipes playing, we almost literally started skipping down the cobblestones! The adventures never stopped, and we had the best time exploring all the closes (minus the stairs- no one told it was so hilly) and ancient buildings. We took a walking tour one morning with John Mowbray, and I think he summed up the city's historical significance well. He was telling us about a building in Edinburgh that was originally built in 1300-something. "What was happening in America about that time? Oh that's right- NOTHING!" And then it was rebuilt in 1500-something- "Oh yeah, still not much happening in America then!" Enjoy a peek at our fun times in Scotland and see links at the end.
Leaving Dublin and excited for Edinburgh
We stayed at the Old Town Chambers by Cheval which was perfect for our group (other than no air conditioning).
We toured the Real Mary King's Close to see the underground.
Camera Obscura was the girls' favorite thing, and it wasn't even planned!
Edinburgh Castle was amazing. I would have loved to see Holyrood Palace, but the Queen had recently been in residence and it was still closed.
The Malt Shovel Inn was a cute pub where we grabbed our first Scottish dinner of fish and chips which landed us next to the best of the best gelato place, Artisan Gelato.
Cafe Edinburgh was a great breakfast spot.
We had lunch at Nicholson's above Deacon Brodie's Pub.
We were told to try the Witchery (hotel and restaurant), but it was booked out solid.
Gordon's Trattoria was a great Italian spot with favorites for everyone.
El Cartel was a Mexican restaurant in the courtyard of our hotel, and while we didn't eat there, I (sadly) found out on our last night that they had a margarita machine at the ready!
Angels and Bagpipes and Howie's on Waterloo were also recommended.