We booked into stay at the Hilton's Residence Inn which was located near the student area of old town. The hotel was so much cheaper than a lot of the others located in the city centre that we looked at. It also turned out to be the best find. Our room was gigantic, with a little cooking area should we want. We also had breakfast included which Louis was very happy about.
The location was also fantastic,as it was only a 5 minute walk to the old town and had plenty of nice coffee and restaurant spots around as well.
After arriving in the city late afternoon, we decided to have a wander to the castle, taking in the hussle and bustle before coming back and getting changed before dinner.
We ate at The Outsider where the food was absolutely fantastic. I don't think there was a single thing i didn't want to eat on the menu!
After stuffing our faces we went in search of a nice bar back towards our hotel and came across 56 degrees North. A gin bar with hundreds, yes hundreds of options to choice from. The atmosphere was really chilled and although a little of the beaten track, for a large G+T in a city centre for £7 I am not going to complain!
Our first full day in the city started with the Camera Obscurer, a house of illusions with five floors of fun as they say. It was such a good laugh, and we got a mini history lesson as well. The views from the top allow you to see the whole city which is certainly impressive.
From there we wandered down into new town, wandering through some shops before stopping for lunch at the dogs, a really quirky restaurant. I had the duck salad which was sublime.
The restaurant is really reasonably priced, and although the portion sizes were quite small this was perfect for lunch time.
After our late lunch we had a mooch of the shops and then headed to The Dungeons for a scary experience.
I had never done a Dungeon experience before so I had no idea what to expect. I can safely say it was one of the highlights of the trip!
After rushing back to the hotel to get changed we headed out to a Korean restaurant for a final meal. Now, this was just a little basic restaurant. Sadly neither of us really enjoyed our food, I think because we wanted to try something new, we ended up with food that we didn't really like which was a massive shame.
After our food we headed back to our gin bar from the night before and chatted the night away, a lovely end to a very busy day.
Our final day saw us start in the National Museum of Scotland which was completely free! There was some really entertaining interactive areas and a really interesting fashion exhibition to. They certainly had catered for everyone of all ages and interests.
From there we wandered along to the castle because you obviously cant leave Edinburgh without at least a photo or two.
As it was a Sunday, I felt the need for a Sunday roast (what can I say, I'm a traditionalist at times). In new town we found a restaurant called Badger and Co where the food was fantastic and the restaurant was really light and airy which was just an added bonus.
After a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings we wandered on back to the hotel to collect our belongings and start on the long car drive back to Leeds. Having more time to explore the city was amazing and the fact there is still so much more to do gives me another reason to come back (not that I needed a excuse).
The trip certainly has kept my travel bug from getting to out of hand though!
Where is your favourite spot in Edinburgh? What cities do you like in the UK?