Edinburgh is undoubtedly proof that you don’t need to go far to escape London – all it takes is a plane or train ticket and a few short hours to fall in love with Scotland’s beautiful capital. Famous for its August festivals, Edinburgh majestically welcomed me on my not-quite-tourist-season escape.
Dressed in autumn’s vibrant colours and smells, the forever-windy city surprised me with its elegance and tranquillity. Friendly, affordable and a little damp, Edinburgh is a treat to budget travellers and adventurers all year round.
Here are my top travel tips to inspire your next visit to Edinburgh:
- Wander along Victoria Street – JK Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley.
- Ascend the stairway to Edinburgh Castle and find amazing views of the city.
- Stroll around the Old Town’s cobbled streets and admire the strangely stunning Gothic architecture with touches of neo-classical design.
- Treat yourself to local delicacies, like scotch pie, haggis and cullen skink!
- Embrace adventure and hike the steep hill of Arthur’s Seat.
- Get inspired by modern art works at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
- Immerse yourself in nature at the Princes Street Gardens.
- Hike Calton Hill for your typical Edinburgh Instagram shot.
- Drink your coffee in the exact spot J.K. Rowling wrote some of the lines for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at The Elephant House.
- Appreciate the warmth and unique taste of Scottish whiskey on a cold day.
- Indulge in magic by pulling out your wand and joining the fun at the Trail of Harry Potter tour. Don’t worry – Muggles are allowed too!
- Admire the gorgeous interior and embrace your inner 12-year-old at the National Museum of Scotland’s interactive collections.
- Try the classic whiskey’s of Scotland at the Scotch Whiskey Experience Bar.
- Honour the local fashion and buy yourself a stylish tartan scarf.
- Enjoy delicious fish & chips at the Albanach pub in the Old Town.
- Head to the pubs for the best of Scottish beer. Top picks include the Bow Bar, Advocate bar, BrewDog bar and Albanach.
Words and pictures, Rachel Klarnetatzi