It was my Birthday on Wednesday and as a treat B took me to Edinburgh. I knew we were going away, but was none the wiser as to where. After missing the first one, it wasn’t until we were on the train heading north up to Scotland that B told me we were bound for Edinburgh. I’d not been before and was super excited, the train ride up was picturesque, and on arriving we dumped our bags at the hotel and went for a stroll through the old city. B had booked an early dinner reservation at The Witchery, we were seated in the Secret Garden dinning room, with views out across city. We both had beetroot stained smoked salmon salad to start, B had the Iberico Pork Steak and I the Fish Pie for main. But it was the deserts that were the best, we had pistachio rhubarb cake with creme-fresh ice-cream and then a rich chocolate tart to share. We finished eating at around 6 and spent the rest of the evening at the White Hart, one of Edinburgh’s most haunted pubs, sampling different craft ales and several of Scotland’s best whiskies – we did not feel too dapper the next morning.
On the Monday we started the day with a stroll up Calton Hill, with views of Edinburgh which are said to be some of the best, second only to those from the top of Arthur’s Seat – which B refused to climb. From there we strolled down to the Grass Market and then onto the National Museum – not quite as spectacular as London’s Natural History Museum but still pretty good. B had booked us another table, this time at the Cafe Saint Honore, in the New City – the food was insane. Between us we had wood-pigeon and duck tureen to start and then both the roast pork belly for main, all washed down with a couple of glasses of red wine.
On Tuesday, our final day, we walked down to Stockbridge and were in and out of the thousands of little charity shops, and then went on to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Next we walked along the water-way to Leith and then back into Edinburgh to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art.
As a city Edinburgh is probably one of the most beautiful I have ever been to – the architecture not even being the start of it. Its really hard to explain but the city felt layered, terraces on top of buildings, and bridges and causeways intersecting every part of the city. Every other corner gave way to views across Edinburgh right out to the surrounding countryside. I’d definitely recommend it as a must visit, if your looking for a weekend break in the UK.