Edinburgh City

Edinburgh Travel Blog

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Edinburgh Castle seen from far
My whirlwind visit to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, took me by surprise and left me mesmerised and enchanted by its beauty and charm. Owing to its spectacular, rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture throughout the city, including numerous stone tenements, it is often considered as one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Several British I have spoken to from other parts of the UK have also raved about Edinburgh, either as a desirable city to live in or a place they could visit again and again!

Arriving at the city center near Waverley Train Station at night, my first and lasting impression of the city was the castle and the various historical buildings sitting high up on the hills and all were well illuminated with lights.
One of the many kilt shops along High Street (Royal Mile)
That was indeed a pretty sight.

Listed in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city, it combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and the award winning modern architecture. The Old Town itself is pretty hilly and consists of numerous mysterious winding streets and narrow alleys that connect to the other parts of the city. Combined with the historical buildings and elegant terraces, the views of the Old Town seem to be made for perfect picture postcards. The open space and West Princes Street Garden in the center of town with the beautiful autumn foliage added of course to the charms of the place.

The city itself has an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars. High Street which is also called the Royal Mile is the main tourist and shopping street.
One of the many kilt shops along High Street (Royal Mile)
Every other shop is a souvenir shop selling kilts, kilts and more kilts, the sinful but delicious butter shortbreads, bagpipes and all sorts of other souvenirs. The kilt including all the associated accessories is their national costume and pride and the Scots are proud to wear them on every possible occasion including Christmas parties, as with my Scot colleagues in Dubai. The music from the bagpipes is very lively and pretty interesting.

I was told that when I am in Scotland, I must definitely give one of their national favourites - Haggies a try. Indeed, there was no shortage of restaurants all over town serving Haggies. It tasted pretty alright but I am always weary of eating dodgy food patties. Indeed, Haggies is something I would rather starve than to eat it.... It is a dish containing sheep’s “pluck” (i.e. heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (raw beef or mutton fat), spices and salt, mixed with stock and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach. Yucks!!! Funny to see how the original poor man’s food in historical times has become a sort of a national favourite in today’s world.

Another thing that amazed me is the adaption of some of the former church buildings into other uses like for casinos, pubs and restaurants. And that seems to be a common thing in Scotland.

Ils1976 says:
I loved Edinburgh as well ... such a beautiful place which I don't mind visiting over and over again! :D
Posted on: Apr 24, 2016
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Edinburgh Castle seen from far
Edinburgh Castle seen from far
One of the many kilt shops along H…
One of the many kilt shops along …
One of the many kilt shops along H…
One of the many kilt shops along …
Bagpiper with their nice Scottish …
Bagpiper with their nice Scottish…
High Street (Royal Mile)
High Street (Royal Mile)
St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral
Haggies & Whisky.... two of their …
Haggies & Whisky.... two of their…
Scottish Favourites.... Haggies
Scottish Favourites.... Haggies
Typical Scottish breakfast... gosh…
Typical Scottish breakfast... gos…
The dark brown patty is Haggies...…
The dark brown patty is Haggies..…
The Scotch Whisky experience
The Scotch Whisky experience
Built in 1884
Built in 1884
Looking through one of the many na…
Looking through one of the many n…
Casino in old church building
Casino in old church building
West Princes Street Garden
West Princes Street Garden
View of the Castle from West Princ…
View of the Castle from West Prin…
View of the historical buildings f…
View of the historical buildings …
Edinburgh
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