Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Day 2. Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

After the lovely sunny weather we'd experienced the previous day, it was a little disappointing to wake up to a dark, gloomy sky accompanied by rain soaked pavements. Still, undeterred we braved the elements to find somewhere for breakfast. After being brought back to life with two cups of coffee and my favourite smashed avocados …

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Edinburgh's Christmas sign

Day 1. Edinburgh at Christmas

It had been exactly three years since my last visit to Edinburgh and as it's one of my favourite cities, that was far too long. So, to remedy the situation, we managed to squeeze in a short break to the Scottish capital just before Christmas.  We travelled on a Cross-Country train that was over-crowded all …

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River Ouse, York

Day 1.  An afternoon in York on my way to Edinburgh

On my way north to Edinburgh for a pre Christmas weekend away with one of my sons, I decided to spend the afternoon in York as that was where I needed to change trains. I hadn't visited this historic northern city for several months so on this bright but chilly afternoon I started with a …

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Edinburgh Castle at night

Day 2. Exploring Edinburgh

Waking up to bright blue Scottish skies we started the day with full Scottish breakfasts then took a look inside ScotlandsPeople near Waverley Station on Princes Street.  This beautiful building is the official Scottish government resource for genealogical research and despite not having any Scottish ancestors ourselves it's still an interesting place to visit in the city …

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Leith Water

Day 3.  Leith and rugby at Murrayfield 

After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, we bought day tickets for Lothian's trams and buses costing £4 each and after taking a look in the beautiful Jenner's department store, we caught a bus along to Leith.  There was a small market taking place so we glanced round the stalls and sampled some …

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Edinburgh Christmas decorations

Day 4. Edinburgh Christmas 

Our final morning in lovely Edinburgh and the time has sped by so quickly. we've had so much fun.  After checking out of our hotel, the Queen Street Travelodge, we left our luggage to collect later in the day and went off to a nearby pub for breakfast. A little later on, we returned to …

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Edinburgh Castle Wall

Day 1. A winter weekend in Edinburgh

It's not long since I returned from Madeira, my short working week over, I was off on my travels again.  Late on a Thursday afternoon I was on my way to Scotland's capital city, travelling by train on a Cross Country service.  I had reserved a window seat and although it was already dark, its …

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View from Carlton Hill, Edinburgh

Day 2. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

It was 8.00 am when we roused from our slumbers and on opening the curtains we noticed  it was raining so our first stop was to Wetherspoon's on George Street for their traditional Scottish breakfast.  Next, we wandered up to St. Andrew's Square and spent a leisurely hour in the Virgin Lounge sipping cappuccinos and …

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Edinburgh's Christmas market

Day 3. Cramond Island, Edinburgh

We woke to a bitterly cold morning with clear skies and Edinburgh was bathed in sunshine as we strolled onto George Street for our breakfast at the Standing Order pub.  We then bought a one day Lothian Buses pass for £4 each and took a bus to the coastal village of Cramond four miles to the …

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George Street, Edinburgh at dusk

Day 4. Edinburgh’s New Town

Another bright sunny morning, we checked out of our hotel and enjoyed a full Scottish breakfast in The Standing Order pub once again.  We then strolled down the steep hills to Edinburgh's new town.  We passed along Dundas Street, Moray Place and India Street on our way to Edinburgh's delightful district of Stockbridge made famous …

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