Friday, 16 June 2017

A weekend in Edinburgh - photo diary

I recently spent a weekend in Edinburgh, the first time I've visited since I was a child. We went up primarily to visit the zoo (and the pandas!) but spent a lot of time walking around Edinburgh, soaking up the history and the culture. And of course...enjoying delicious food, cakes and cocktails.
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Edinburgh Sights

We chose to do an open-top bus tour on our first afternoon, followed by a walking trail on our last day. I love seeing cities from both viewpoints. Edinburgh is split into two parts, the Old Town and the New Town. Being the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has so much history around every corner! It's also very hilly, being built on seven hills on a landscape sculpted by glaciers and volcanoes! 

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Arthur's Seat

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The church where Zara Phillips got married

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Edinburgh Castle

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The Royal Mile

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Charlotte Square 

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St Andrew's Square

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All along the high street are 'courts' named after the wealthy owner who lived there. We explored around a few and highly recommend it to get away from the hustle and bustle.

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Deacon Brodie was an Edinburgh councillor by day, secret gambling burglar by night.

Edinburgh Zoo

Be warned - this zoo is HILLY! However, with its rose and physics gardens, the animals are not the only thing that will keep you entertained. 
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Meerkat Mansions

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Red Panda

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Wishing Tree

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The Royal Yacht Britannia

This was ALWAYS going to be on my must-see list - I do love anything to do with the Royals. 


A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com

Cake and cocktails

We had two delicious meals whilst in Edinburgh. The first was at The Mussel and Steak Bar in the Grassmarket area. 

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com
Mussels

A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com
Toasted Almond cocktail

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Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake
The second was at Monteiths on the Royal Mile. It was dark and atmospheric in there so my photos are a little dark...


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Strawberries on ice to add to our flutes

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Seafood Chowder 

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Fillet Steak with Duck Fat Chips

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Mint and Lime cheesecake
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