All posts tagged: Edinburgh Castle

Exploring Edinburgh Castle

During our first wedding anniversary trip to Edinburgh a month or so ago, we visited Edinburgh Castle. I’d actually been there once before but I was very unlikely to remember any of it – I was in my mum’s tummy when she was pregnant with me, 30 years ago! If you visit Edinburgh, the castle is almost always in sight, standing proud up on the hill in the centre of the city. We headed up there one morning and I was blown away by the amount of things to see and do within the castle (almost quite literally, it was a rather windy day!). After exploring some of the grounds, we ventured into the Regimental Museums, to the tune of bagpipes, where we learned about the┬áRoyal Scots Dragoon Guards. Next we headed into my favourite (although perhaps the most dark) part of the castle, the prison. There’s a short video of it here: The first prisoners were French privateers captured in 1758 soon after the outbreak of the Seven Years War, but over the years, …

A Wonderful Weekend in Edinburgh

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 …