Howdy from Texas, y’all! I made it.
15+ hours of travel time, a sprint through Heathrow, no sleep, and a lost luggage later…and I’m here!
Aside from being completely jetlagged, I’m happy to be back visiting friends & family.
Especially my two precious nieces.
Although my journey in Edinburgh has been put on a pause, I miss the city a lot.
Especially because there’s so much more I need to see, do, eat, photograph. I’ve done a lot of the popular activities in Edinburgh–Climbing Arthur’s Seat, having a beer in Frankenstein Pub, exploring through the Castle
But there’s so many great (& maybe still slightly touristy) things to do in the city that I’d highly recommend to visitors and travellers passing through. Here are a few of my favorites–
1. James Christie Photography Tour
When I first started this blog, I was completely new to photography. I had read a bit online about the manual settings on a DSLR, but I was still unsure about using them. Now I do my best to shoot in only manual mode when possible and have taken some amazing photos.
That is thanks to James and his photography tour in Edinburgh. As you’ll see on his website and on his glowing TripAdvisor reviews, this tour gives you a unique introduction to Edinburgh with a renowned photographer.
James teaches you how to use your DSLR, point and shoot camera, even iPhone camera to get quality photos when traveling and also gives you a walking tour of the city.
2. Spoon Cafe and The Elephant House
For all you Harry Potter fans out there, Spoon Cafe (originally known as Nicolson’s Cafe) is where JK Rowling wrote the first novel in the series.
Although Elephant House is better known as JK Rowling’s choice writing spot, there is a plaque on the corner of Nicolson Street showing that Spoon Cafe’s spot was actually the ‘birth place’ of Harry Potter.
Both are great local cafes and Elephant House makes a yummy Irish Coffee.
3. Rooftop @ National Museum of Scotland
Aside from being completely fascinating, the National Museum of Scotland boasts a wonderful treasure with its rooftop terrace (my full post on the museum here) for free. With 360 degree views of the city, you can see nearly the entire city from Arthur’s Seat, to Calton Hill and the Castle.
If you’re in Edinburgh in the fall/winter, I bet the terrace would offer some gorgeous sunset views over the city on a clear day. The museum is open until 5 and with a 4pm or 4:30pm sunset, you’re good to go!
4. The Sheep Heid
The Sheep Heid has been serving Edinburgh since 1360. That’s right. 1360. It’s Edinburgh’s oldest pub that’s still a favorite by locals. With great food, history, and a charming atmosphere stopping for a pint here is a no-brainer if you’re visiting (or if you’re a resident!).
5. Gin Tasting @ 56 North
Did you know that around 80% of the world’s gin and vodka is produced in Scotland (or so I read on the interwebs). This is of course including gin favorites such as Hendrick’s and Tanuqeray.
Gin plays a large role in British history so learning more about ‘Mother’s Ruin’ is a lovely way to immerse yourself in the Scottish culture, don’t ya think?
What activities do you recommend in Edinburgh?