A Weekend In Edinburgh

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Edinburgh has well and truly stolen my heart. It felt at once familiar as it reminded me of Dartmoor with it's moody countryside and hilly views. Everyone I've spoken to since my visit has agreed that the city has something magical about it. My friend Holly and I planned our trip to Scotland a number of months ago and although it seemed a long time to wait it came around a lot quicker than expected. I didn't actually take many photos during the weekend, and most of them were taken on our last day when we climbed Arthur's Seat although there does seem to still be quite a number of them!I took the train up last Thursday and made sure to bag a window seat so I could appreciate the lovely landscapes on the journey, which were truly stunning and it was so cool to go along the coast. I was pretty happy when the train finally arrived in Edinburgh though as the journey was rather a long one and made my knees ache. I only had a short wait at the station before Holly's train arrived and we made our way through the city to our hotel. As it was fairly late we decided just to head to Ask for dinner where we caught up on all the happenings that's been occurring in each of our lives.

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On the Friday we headed to the Kings Mile to take part in a free walking tour of the city, which was really interesting and may have had a number of Harry Potter references which is never a bad thing in my book. The weather on the Friday was a random mix of warm breeziness, really light drizzly rain and then much heavier rain so we spent much of the day adding layers/coats/umbrellas, which was actually a bit of a relief from the oppressive heat in Kent. We may have tried a deep fried Mars bar in the walking tour break, I really couldn't say...

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In the afternoon we took a walk around Dean village which again was super beautiful. It was really cool to be surrounded by so many green spaces and countryside. I may have also fallen head over heels for the townhouses in Edinburgh with their beautiful big windows and brickwork.

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We took a trip to Glasgow on the Saturday and the weather was gloriously sunny, although a little chilly in the shade (so just the right autumnal weather you want for a weekend away!). I ended up only taking one picture for our whole visit that day, I guess the memories will have to do! We took a bus trip around Glasgow, grabbed some lunch and then headed to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and then rewarded ourselves for being cultured by finding a cafe for tea and cake.

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Sunday was our last day so we headed to a cafe for breakfast and then over to Holyrood park to check out Arthur's Seat. There also seemed to be a fun run that day so we got to see lots of people dressed up in various forms of costumes. I then picked up a pulled pork roll with apple sauce and haggis stuffing for lunch before we grabbed our bags and caught the afternoon train back to London.

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I loved loved loved Edinburgh and Scotland and am already thinking about potential future visits, I think it would be a wonderful place to be at Christmas time! I feel like we only scratched the surface of the city and I know there's so much more to see and explore there.

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