Last week, my family and I took a trip on the train up to Edinburgh for two days. We were celebrating my Mum’s Birthday so she was in charge of the itinerary. The day was started with a super early 6am start but a lovely train journey up the north east coast. We arrived in Edinburgh around 11am and checked into the Old Waverly hotel which is situated on Princess Street (one of the main streets, especially for shopping).
The first place we went to was The Real Mary King’s Close on the Royal Mile – I’d been here previously as a child and hated it. There actually was nothing scary about it and the attraction takes you underground into the old streets of Edinburgh. It is interesting to see the old streets and learn some history behind the city. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photo’s as they were not allowed.
It was then time for lunch and we went to the Greyfriars Bobby pub which is by the little monument. Greyfriars Bobby is a famous dog and worth the Google to find out the lovely backstory.
We also passed The Elephant House which is where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book. As a big Potter fan, I’ve wanted to visit this place for a long time.
Walking up the Royal Mile, we popped in a couple of shops and everywhere is just so pretty! At the top of the Royal Mile is the castle. We didn’t go inside but we took advantage of the beautiful views.
The rest of the afternoon was spent looking round the shops on Princess Street and surrounding streets. I may have made a purchase in Space:NK – I couldn’t resist.
After getting dolled up we went to Hard Rock Cafe for food. As it was my Mum’s birthday she chose the place and the staff couldn’t have been any nicer – They presented her with a Birthday Badge and also a Birthday dessert.
The food was pretty insane as I ordered a starter as our main courses but as you can see in the photo’s there’s enough food for the whole restaurant! The rest of my family ordered burgers which all looked really good.
After Hard Rock we popped into All Bar One for some amazing cocktails. Me and Mum had done a cocktail masterclass in the All Bar One in York and couldn’t resist going back for me. I love that you can get teapots for your cocktails to share. After a few more drinks in some lovely little Scottish pubs we headed off to bed. If you are looking for some other delicious restaurant reviews, check out my Food Directory.
Have you been to Edinburgh? What did you think? Have you visited any of these places?