Last week marked lots of ‘milestones’ for the Fisher fam… Nathan’s 25th birthday, our 2.5th wedding anniversary, our 5 year ‘together’ anniversary and our first city break!
After hearing lots of good recommendations from friends, we decided to go and explore Edinburgh for a weekend, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Edinburgh has a wonderful mix of beautiful old buildings, some fantastic views across the city, the countryside and the sea, as well as hundreds of quirky shops and cafes.
We decided to fly from Southampton airport (might as well take advantage of living so close to it!) and woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to catch our flight. Unfortunately there was a thick blanket of fog over the whole city and when we got to the airport you could barely see 50 yards out of the terminal. 3 hours later, the fog finally lifted and we could take off. (Silver lining: we were given a £10 Costa voucher in compensation!) The highlight of the flight was seeing glimpses of snow-laden hills and mountains in the Lake District between the clouds.
When we landed in Edinburgh, we caught the tram into the city centre. Having been slightly unorganised before we left, we hadn’t really planned anything to do, or know where to get off the tram, so we got off when the majority of the rest of the passengers got off (which was in fact the city centre) and began walking. After walking around for about an hour, we stopped for our first coffee shop break and then headed to our hotel at Leith waterfront. For dinner we went to the Handmade Burger Co. which was very tasty and very much enjoyed after lots of travelling and walking!
On Sunday morning we woke up fairly early and caught a bus into the centre of the city. We stopped at Wetherspoons for a light breakfast before heading to Charlotte Chapel for church, where we randomly bumped into our friend Matt. His girlfriend lives in Edinburgh and gave us lots of great suggestions of places to go and see. (If you’re reading this… thank you!! We did some of them!) While chatting to the lady that I was sitting next to, she mentioned how blessed we were with the gorgeous weather this weekend… to which I laughed a little… and then realised that she wasn’t joking… oops! 🙂
Sunday afternoon was spent wandering round the city centre, we walked down the Royal Mile, went up to the entrance to the castle and explored the Grassmarket area. We ate some yummy pies from The Piemaker, had a nice rest in a coffee shop and then looked round the National Museum of Scotland. We then headed back to our hotel and had dinner in the hotel restaurant. (Mistake… not a massive fan of microwaved meals!!)
On Monday morning we were feeling quite tired so had a slow breakfast/morning at The Haven, a lovely little cafe in Leith which sells tasty home-cooked food. We then headed back up towards the city centre and wandered around for a bit, walked up Carlton Hill (fantastic views, but SO windy!) and had a look in the Scottish National Gallery. (Where we remembered that we aren’t really fans of oil paintings…) We had a very late lunch at Yo Sushi with a lovely view all the way over the city centre, before getting the bus to the airport and catching our flight home.
Here are a couple of photos… unfortunately most of the time it was drizzling and misty so we didn’t take many pics which was a shame. We had lots of fun and would definitely go back sometime… but maybe we’ll go somewhere a little warmer for our next adventure?! 🙂