Edinburgh, Scotland

Have you ever arrived in a place and felt love at first sight?

At the risk of sounding cheesy, that’s how I felt driving into Edinburgh just as the last rays of sun sank below the horizon, painting the sandstone buildings an ombre of rosy gold.

The narrow cobblestone streets, hills and streams cutting through the city make it like something out of a fairy tale. I could spend days exploring all the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh. For such a small city, there’s a massive amount of art and history- I wish I had planned for more days to really see it all. See my recommendations at the bottom of this post!

Early morning walk through Dean Village, along the Water of Leith walkway

Early morning walk through Dean Village, along the Water of Leith walkway

 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
So many lovely views of Dean Village in the morning light

So many lovely views of Dean Village in the morning light

Circus Lane in Stockbridge

Circus Lane in Stockbridge

Scenes from the cafe at Eden Locke Hotel

Scenes from the cafe at Eden Locke Hotel

Tea time

Tea time

 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
Colorful shops along West Bow/Victoria Street

Colorful shops along West Bow/Victoria Street

 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh castle hill

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh castle hill

Perhaps it was due to the throngs of tourists, but I thought Edinburgh Castle was less impressive from the top of the hill. I didn’t have a chance to go inside, but I heard it’s well worth multiple visits to see it all!

Perhaps it was due to the throngs of tourists, but I thought Edinburgh Castle was less impressive from the top of the hill. I didn’t have a chance to go inside, but I heard it’s well worth multiple visits to see it all!

Beautiful bar, cocktails and food at the Bon Vivant

Beautiful bar, cocktails and food at the Bon Vivant

 Edinburgh, Scotland
Black haggis bonbon

Black haggis bonbon

A delicious steak and mash- perfect lunch after walking 13 miles around Edinburgh!

A delicious steak and mash- perfect lunch after walking 13 miles around Edinburgh!

View of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens

View of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens

Spring has sprung in the Princes Street Gardens

Spring has sprung in the Princes Street Gardens

 Edinburgh, Scotland
so many layers of flowers

so many layers of flowers

 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
Sunset at Calton Hill

Sunset at Calton Hill

 Edinburgh, Scotland
 Edinburgh, Scotland
Looking at Arnold’s Seat, from Calton Hill

Looking at Arnold’s Seat, from Calton Hill

Trying to get a peek at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Calton Hill

Trying to get a peek at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Calton Hill

EATS

DRINKS

SIGHTS

STAY

  • Airbnb - stayed at this gorgeous flat in the trendy Stockbridge neighborhood

    • Also recommend any of the lovely historic Airbnbs in Dean Village as well

  • Eden Locke - if you prefer hotel convenience in the city center