Monday, 16 March 2015

Wanderlust: 4 Days in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle in the rain!

 So, I'm back from my trip to Edinburgh! Is such a nice place to visit, We've already got stuff planned to do for when we next go back. Would also recommend going in March, we had one rainy day when we arrived and then for the rest of the week was clear skies or just abit cloudy! Sadly didn't get around to any OOTD pics :( will post up these another time. 

Here's what we did: 


We got a super early flight from Gatwick and arrived in Edinburgh at about half 9 in the morning. We checked in to our b&b (which was lovely btw!) the Haymarket Hotel. As the name suggests its not as central as many of the other larger hotels or chain but was only a 20 min walk from everything central. That and it was also quieter there at night so I wasn't woken by the traffic or clubs as we have been in the past when booking city breaks which was a great bonus! :) 

We were upgraded to a family room for free which had a four poster bed <3 Everyone was really friendly and welcoming and it was the perfect place to stay! 

The Haymarket Hotel, Edinburgh
In the afternoon it started raining really bad but we still wanted to get out and explore. We climbed up to the castle and had a little look around. didn't go in though, in hindsight we pro should of done to escape the rain! 

Edinburgh Castle - sorry about the yellow fuzz in this pic and some others. turns out fluffy phone cases have their downsides!
Highland Cattle Cow in one of the Shops!
From there we were around the main city centre and a few of the shops and then went down to TigerLilly which is a cocktail bar/ restaurant one of my colleague had recommended. Everything in there is really pretty and pink- must get a lot of hen dos and girls night outs! Food was excellent, I had a starter of the Gnocchi which was lovely - could easily eaten a whole bowl of this before mains but it is very filling! 

For main I had the Three Little Pigs which is braised pigs cheek & crispy pork belly, ham hock & smoked cheddar croquette with pickled cabbage & quince. All delicious! Desert was the warm chocolate fondant with Ice cream. Again I apologise for my lack of pics of this but I was too hungry and didn't realise I had no pics till I 'd eaten it all! .  

Tiger lilly Edinburgh

Tiger lilly Edinburgh - before dinner arrived!
Edinburgh Castle lit up at night


On Friday the rain finally stopped and we went out to Edinburgh Zoo. This again is really easy to get to, only about 5 mins on a bus from Haymarket station just outside the B&B. 

The main attraction for Edinburgh Zoo is the pandas Tian Tian & Yang Guang. They happened to have just had lunch and were snoozing when we saw them but they were cute none the less! :) Yep, The pandas are apparently comfortable sleeping like this!

My fave animals in Edinburgh Zoo were the Koalas. They've always been a fave of mine. 

In the evening we headed back to the city centre in search of some Haggis! I've had haggis a couple o times at home before and really like it so we went looking for a nice cosy scottish historic pub to have dinner in and came across The Last Drop in the Grassmarket area, behind the castle. which is a street lined with old pubs and cool things to look at. 

Haggis, Neeps &Tatties! 

On Saturday and Sunday we did a couple of the bigger activities which I will blog about later this week as they def deserve there own blog posts! We went to Loch Ness on Saturday and on Sunday we had a experience day with Fudge Kitchen! :) Will leave you with the rest of my pics from around Edinburgh though, enjoy! :) 

Love Sarah x 

The Scott Monument

View from the top of Castle mount

Bagpipe man on the Royal Mile

The Royal Mile

funny pub signs in Grassmarket

The Royal Mile


1 comment

  1. Reading about what you ate on thursday just made me seriously hungry.... great post!



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