My friend was studying abroad for 2 weeks in London and only had 2 days free the whole time. She wanted to go to another country and luckily I hadn’t started working yet- so Edinburgh, Scotland it was! We left extremely early in the morning and really only had one full day there. For the record, London public transportation is extremely scarce and nearly nonexistent at 5am on a Sunday morning. Somehow, we both made it onto the plane with all of the 5 other passengers.
Transportation from the Edinburgh airport into the city may be the easiest transportation I’ve ever dealt with from an airport. There are trams for £5 and a bus for £4 that take you right in. When leaving the airport just follow the signs for either and you can pay right then and there and get on.
We walked up from the train a long way through the city exploring. High Street or “The Royal Mile” is the Main Street of public attraction. It was old, beautiful, and so adorable. We got there early before all the tourists hit and the weather was beautiful…
(Like the popular St. Gile’s Cathedral)
(And a lot more…)
The road led up to the massive Edinburgh Castle.
The surroundings alone were amazing.
We paid the £16 or whatever and the extra for the head sets. The castle ended up being more like a museum than the castles I’ve previously seen but it was still very cool.
After that we stopped at our hostel, The Castle Rock Hostel. It was right below the castle, cheap, nice, and extremely friendly. The staff gave us the suggestion to walk down to the Holyrood Palace and then into the park and up the massive mountain. You can see it again here on the right side of the landscape.
The Holyrood Palace costs to get in so we only got quick some pictures and moved on.
The view was not quite as cool as we had hoped, but still pretty neat. Also, the path was crazy steep.
That evening we had booked a tour with a company called Meercat for an underground history tour. Beneath all of Edinburgh there are underground tunnels from the 1600’s when the city was overpopulated with no where to go but down.
There was a Christmas carnival in the new town section that we went to for dinner. It was incredibly cute and had great food.
Unfortunately we didn’t have more time, but it was still a wonderful time and really we got to see everything we had wanted to.