Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Day 7. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

All good things have to come to an end and before we knew it, we had reached the final day of our Scottish holiday.  Our train home wasn't until 6.30 p.m. though so we had the entire day to explore Edinburgh. After checking out of the lovely Altido Vita aparthotel and leaving our luggage to …

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The harbour, North Berwick

Day 6. A day in North Berwick

Edinburgh is undoubtedly a beautiful city with so many interesting things to see and do but it's also the perfect base from which to explore more of Scotland.  After days out by train earlier in the week to both Stirling and Glasgow we then decided to visit the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick which …

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Day 5. A day in Glasgow

After enjoying a day in Stirling the previous day, we turned our attention to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city sitting on the banks of the River Clyde.  We bought off peak day returns at £13.70 each and the journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Glasgow Queen Street took just 1 hour and 20 minutes. The station …

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Stirling

Day 4. A day in Stirling

We decided to spend the day in Stirling and booked anytime day return tickets from Edinburgh Waverley at £16.90 per person.  Stirling lies 37 miles north west of Edinburgh and is often referred to as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.  The journey time was only 45 minutes and it seemed no time at all …

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St Andrews Links

Day 3. A day in St. Andrews

From our base at the Altido Vita aparthotel in the Fountainbridge district of Edinburgh it was just a ten minute walk downhill to Haymarket station for our train to St. Andrews (Leuchars station).  We'd pre-booked our tickets (£18.50 standard off peak day return) for the one hour journey and as we were sitting on the right …

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Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh – Leith & Cramond

We began the day with a walk around some of the buildings of the University of Edinburgh starting at the Old College quad located on South Bridge.  It was an overcast morning but the sight of the historic buildings housing the School of Law and the Talbot Rice Gallery surrounding the quad lifted our spirits. …

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Princes Gardens, Edinburgh

Day 1. Exploring Edinburgh

It had been more than a year since my last visit to Edinburgh and I couldn't wait to return to one of my favourite cities.  We travelled north on board an LNER train which whisks passengers from London in just four and a quarter hours.  If you plan to travel by train try to book …

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Altido Vita, Edinburgh

Altido Vita, Edinburgh – A Review

Location: Located in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh overlooking the Union Canal is the modern and well appointed Altido Vita aparthotel.  Just a 10 minute walk from Princes Street and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile it's in a perfect location to explore the city.  Both Haymarket and Waverley railway stations are accessible on …

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Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

Day 4. Edinburgh Morningside

Although our hotel room was lovely and quiet there was no need to set an alarm as each morning we were roused from our slumbers at 8.00 a.m. sharp to the clattering sounds of a glass recycling truck emptying bins along the road. With so many nice things we wanted to fit into our Edinburgh …

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National Mining Museum of Scotland

Day 3. Visiting the National Mining Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The rain clouds of the previous day seemed to have vanished but had been replaced by a strong wind so we wrapped up warm and after coming to life with bacon sandwiches and coffee, we wandered along Princes Street to visit Jenners. This famous department store has been part and parcel of Edinburgh's history since …

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