It was our first wedding anniversary in February this year, and my present from Tim was a weekend away in Edinburgh (1st anniversary = paper, i.e. paper ticket!). I was so excited – I hadn’t been to Scotland since I was a child and I’d been longing to go back ever since I returned to the UK from Cyprus in 2006. Ten years later, I finally did it!
We flew with BA from City airport which was such a great idea on Tim’s part – we were up in Edinburgh in a flash! We hopped in a taxi and 15 minutes later we arrived at our beautiful hotel, The Waldorf Astoria (formerly The Caledonian).
The view from our room was incredible – you couldn’t ask for a more amazing view when staying in Edinburgh (and as you can see, the weather was pretty great too!)
We dropped off our things and headed into the city to explore. The Waldorf is centrally located right next to Princes Street, in walking distance of everything you’d want to see. We walked through the park alongside the castle, which was beautifully looked after, before climbing the hill up to the Royal Mile.
Something I was particularly excited to see was the Greyfriars Bobby statue – it was always one of my favourite stories as a child, even though it was incredibly sad. I was expecting to have to explain the tale for anyone who doesn’t know it, but this plaque on the side of the pub next to the statue words it so nicely.
We wandered in to Greyfriars Church, where there was an event taking place, and where Bobby was actually buried. I nearly cried when I saw the adorable presents, wooden sticks and letters at his grave. Us animal lovers will always be a soft touch!
We sauntered along the Royal Mile, checking out the cute little shops and cafes, before heading back to our hotel for an afternoon in the spa.
I really did fall in love with the city – everything was in walking distance and there was just such a lovely atmosphere. It certainly lived up to my expectations, in fact, in probably exceeded them!
I’m going to be posting lots more on Edinburgh over the next few weeks including restaurant reviews of Edinburgh Pantry, Ondine, Whiski Rooms, The Witchery and Badger & Co, as well as a post about Edinburgh Castle (I was in history geek heaven!). So make sure to keep your eyes peeled!