Weekend trip to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Travel Blog

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An alleyway we found

After researching prices, we decided it wasn't worth flying up to Edinburgh from London, so we decided to take an overnight bus.  It left Victoria Station at 11pm on Friday night and arrived at 6:30am Saturday morning.  Nothing was open yet, but we managed to find a little restaurant which had just opened it's doors.  We got a big, hot breakfast which kept us full for the whole day.When done eating, we walked further into town and explored, waiting for the hostels to open so we could reserve a room for the night and drop off our backpacks.  We ended up getting "The Matrix" room at The Castle Rock Hostel.

Edinburgh Castle from our hostel's front door
  It's on the street underneath Edinburgh Castle, so all we had to do is look above us, or out our room window for a view of the castle.  We walked the Royal Mile to the castle and got in for free, as my cousin's flatmate's dad is the castle engineer, and we were his guests.  It was pretty great, and the views from the castle were amazing.  After leaving the castle, we went on the hop-on, hop-off bus tour.  When that was done, we walked around the city some more, then made our way up to the city observatory (observation hill).  The city from there is beautiful.  We then made dinner reservations at The Hard Rock Cafe (not very original, I know).  By the time we were finished eating, all shops were closed, so we headed back to the hostel.  On our way there, we came across a bagpipe player on the sidewalk, so we stopped to listen.
Hollyroodhouse Palace from Observation Hill
  Soon, there were a couple drummers that joined in, and before we knew it, the crowd had grown quite large.  Dancing, clapping, and singing ensued, and it was a great time.  Much better than the buskers we have around here.  We went back to our hostel and crashed.  It was a long, eventful day full of great sights and lots of walking.  I've nickname Edinburgh 'the city of steps'. 

It was a short visit, as our bus back to London left on Sunday morning at 10am.  One day was not long enough, as I could have explored the city some more.  This is what i said about Edinburgh in my travel journal:  "This city is beautiful.  It's a big city that offers all the good shops and attractions, but at the same time feels so small.  I don't think you'd ever get lost here.  The people are incredibly friendly and helpful and funny.  And let's not even mention that great accent!  The city has a vibrant and relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, even with all the people (mostly tourists) walking around.  It's just a great city, and I have fallen in love with it."

Scotland was always the one place in the world that I wanted to see before I died.  Now, I can die happy....just not yet, though, as I want to go back!

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An alleyway we found
An alleyway we found
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Edinburgh Castle from our hostel'…
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Hollyroodhouse Palace from Observ…
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Street entertainment
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Edinburgh Hostels review
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