Edinburgh Highlights

Edinburgh fav selfie

Edinburgh has earned its reputation as a magical city. I spend a lovely week wondering the city streets and attractions and wanted to share my highlights with you. As you can tell from my favorite selfie of the trip, the weather was about what you expect from Scotland in January though I also had some amazing clear and sunny days. Today, I’ll show you my favorite things to do and next week I’ll share some photos of two amazing hikes I took in and near the city. 

Edinburgh Castle

Let’s start with the absolutely obvious: Edinburgh Castle. It dominates the city skyline and is really a must see. You could spend hours wandering around, but even if you have only an hour or two it is worth it. The views down onto town are rather amazing. It was relatively quit in dreary January, but I would pre-book your tickets if you visit in busier periods.

Edinburgh Carlton Hill

 

The second great thing to do is absolutely free, though it will take a little more effort. Carlton Hill provides stunning views across the city towards Old and New town as well as Arthur’s Seat. Just go up the steps and walk the various footpaths around the hill.

Edinburgh Roslyn Chapel
Photo’s are not allowed inside the chapel, so I picked two interior shots from the website of Rosslyn Chapel.

My last top pick is not actually located in Edinburgh, but takes you on a lovely trip into the surrounding countryside. Rosslyn chapel is a stunning and unique medieval chapel that you may remember from it’s guest appearance in the Da Vinci Code. It is one of the prettiest chapels I have ever seen and I have seen a fair few. It is an easy direct bus ride away from central Edinburgh and if the weather gods are favourable consider taking a walk to the nearby castle through the glen.

Other amazing places to visit include the free National Museum of Scotland and Holyrood Palace. Next week, I’ll show you two amazing hikes I took and the stunning scenery that can be found so close to the city.


 

Edinburgh fav selfie

 

Edinburgh heeft de reputatie van een magische stad zeker verdient. Ik liep een week lang door de mooie straten en steegjes en wilde mijn hoogtepunten met jullie delen. Zoals je kunt zien aan mijn favoriete selfie van de reis was het weer precies wat je verwacht van Schotland in Januari, maar ik had ook een aantal heldere en zonnige dagen. Vandaag laat ik jullie mijn favoriete attracties zien en volgende week deel ik fotos van twee geweldige wandelingen in en rond de stad.

Edinburgh Castle

Laten we maar beginnen de voor de hand liggendste attractie: het kasteel van Edinburgh. Het domineert de skyline van de stad en is echt iets dat je moet bezoeken als je er bent. Je kunt er urenlang doorheen lopen maar zelfs als je maar een uurtje of twee hebt is het de moeite waard. De uitzichten op de stad zijn geweldig. Het was er relatief rustig in de stille januari maand, maar ik zou vantevoren tickets boeken als je in hoogseizoen gaat.

Edinburgh Carlton Hill

De tweede top attractie is helemaal gratis maar vereist wel iets meer inzet. Carlton Hill bied een adembenemend uitzicht over de stad naar de Oude en Nieuwe Stad en Arthur’s Seat. Neem de trappen omhoog en wandel over de voetpaden van de heuvel.

Edinburgh Roslyn Chapel
Er mogen binnen geen foto’s gemaakt worden, dus ik koos voor twee fotos van de website van Rosslyn Chapel.

Mijn laatste topper ligt niet in Edinburgh zelf, maar neemt je mee naar het rustigere landschap rond de stad. Rosslyn Chapel is een middeleeuwse kapel met unieke beeldhouwkunst, die je misschien wel voorbij hebt zien komen in de Da Vinci Code. Het is een van de mooiste kapellen die ik ooit heb gezien en ik heb er al een hoop bezocht. Het is een makkelijke directe busrit vanuit het centrum van Edinburgh en als de weergoden je gunstig gestemt zijn kun je een mooie wandeling maken naar het kasteel van Roslin door een groene glen.

Andere mooie attracties zijn het Nationaal Museum van Schotland (helemaal gratis) en Holyrood Palace. Volgende week laat ik jullie nog twee mooie wandelingen zien in en rond Edinburgh.

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25 thoughts on “Edinburgh Highlights

  1. ingrid January 26, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I’m so jealous right now !!! I need a vacation xxx

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    • Anne January 27, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      Sorry 😉 I had the exact same feeling and this trip did made me feel so much better! xo

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  2. Karen Rees January 21, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Love Edinburgh Anne, looks like you had a great time – though the weather rarely changes… often blustery and chilly, but I guess that’s just bonny Scottish winter weather! Glad you had a great break away chum ❤ xxxx

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    • Anne January 22, 2016 / 9:22 am

      It was amazing. It is a lovely city and I do think the dreary rain adds a bit of character as well. Would you like to guess what the next destination on my wishlist is?

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      • Karen Rees January 24, 2016 / 1:10 am

        Oooooh… it had better be somewhere in Ireland missy!!!!!!!!! Fill me in and take me out of my misery lol 😀 XXX

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        • Anne January 24, 2016 / 3:35 pm

          Ireland has just moved to the top spot of my places to visit list! No idea when I will be able to go, but I hope I have some time this summer (fingers crossed). If so, you will have to give me all your inside tips 😀

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          • Karen Rees January 24, 2016 / 10:39 pm

            YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Oooh the excitement of meeting you in real life Anne is just too much to think about… imagine the chit chats, sight seeing & shopping shenanigans we’d have to squeeze in to a meet up 😀 My biggest tip is: get yourself over here pronto and the rest will take care of itself hehe XXXXX

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          • Anne January 25, 2016 / 10:31 am

            hihihihi! Oh yes, it would be absolutely awesome! I am just a bit unsure when I have the time to visit right now because of my job, but I really hope I’ll be able to sneak out this summer 🙂 xx

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          • Karen Rees January 25, 2016 / 11:26 pm

            Awwwh well anytime you feel like taking a trip to this neck of the woods just give me a shout and I’d love to meet up for sure 🙂 Hopefully one day one of us will make it to each others part of the globe hehe XXXXX

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          • Anne January 27, 2016 / 12:53 pm

            Will do! It is so close as well I am sure this must happen soon 🙂 xx

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    • Anne January 22, 2016 / 9:22 am

      Oh yes, it is actually a lovely city with a great vibe.

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  3. stashmatters January 21, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    This brings me back! As you know, I’ve been to Scotland twice. The last time we were there, we also visited the Rosslynn Chapel (in 2007) and we were allowed to take photos inside! It’s such an unusual place. So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Did you get a chance to go up to the highlands?

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    • Anne January 23, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Oh I guess Rosslyn has been overwelmed with loads of tourist after the Da Vince Code, so they restricted photography. Too bad, because it was one of the prettiest chapels I have ever seen.
      Not this trip, but I previously spend several weeks wandering the highlands. Still my fav vacation ever!

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  4. Lifestylebites3 January 21, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    The pictures look absolutely awesome and I could see the gusty Scottish winds blowing strongly on you and which is of course one of the highlights of Scotland and I think, you’ve covered most of the important spot on locations and glad to see you had a wonderful time.

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