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 …

Continue reading Day 4. Edinburgh Morningside

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The rain clouds of the previous day seemed to have vanished but had been replaced by a strong wind so we wrapped up warm and after coming to life with bacon sandwiches and coffee, we wandered along Princes Street to visit Jenners.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 …

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

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 …

Continue reading Day 2. Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Day 1. A festive short break in Edinburgh

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 …

Continue reading Day 1. A festive short break in Edinburgh

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 …

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

Day 2.  A sunny day in 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 …

Continue reading Day 2.  A sunny day in Edinburgh

Day 3.  A day of two parts: Leith and 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 …

Continue reading Day 3.  A day of two parts: Leith and Murrayfield 

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 …

Continue reading Day 4. Edinburgh Christmas 

Day 1. Travelling to Edinburgh by train

A winter weekend in Edinburgh

Day 2. Out and about in Edinburgh

Exploring Edinburgh