After intensive three months spent on sightseeing and working crazy hours, I can proudly say now that I have relocated and live in… Scotland! Edinburgh to be precise! To be perfectly honest, I thought that if I ever decide to live in a British city, it’d definitely be London. Why Edinburgh then? First of all, it is truly beautiful. Secondly, it is less busy then London. Lastly, it is the closest to what I plan to do next. And what do I plan to do next? Oh, let’s cross that bridge when we come to it, shall we ;)? For now, let’s have a look at a few reasons why Edinburgh is the place to spend some quality time at.
Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Victoria Street, and Grassmarket. All situated in a very close proximity from each other. Stunning architecture, cozy cafes, restaurants, plenty of Scottish and Harry Potter shops and all that with the sound of bagpipes in the background. J.K. Rowling spent a lot of time writing her books in the centre of Edinburgh. It really is the heart of the city and wandering around you can clearly see why she was so inspired by it.
After 5 years spent by the seaside, I couldn’t pick a new location that would not have a beach! I’ve got a little upgrade here – compared to Eastbourne one, Edinburgh has a sandy beach. The beach is by the huge estuary of River Forth. It is so big that it has several little islands on it. A place for a Sunday afternoon stroll especially that there are a few good places to eat at.
Holyrood Park & Arthur’s Seat
Imagine that you walk through the city expecting well… more city to explore, and out of the blue you have a huge hill in front of you. Holyrood Park with Arthur’s Seat in the middle of Edinburgh is just a priceless view – 260 ha area of highland landscape full of hills, basalt cliffs, lochs and so on. And I challenge you to find me a better view of Edinburgh Castle then from the top of Arthur’s Seat!
A definite must-see while in Edinburgh. Calton Hill is not like a regular hill which you usually just climb up in order to admire the landscape. It is itself a home to several monuments such as the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the City Observatory and many more. To be honest, it’s a quirky mixture of everything and I am not a big fan of them all scattered there. But when it comes to the views, I must tell you that admiring the sunset from Calton Hill is such an experience that people sometimes even march there in queues. I even witnessed some arguments about seeing the sunset from the top of the hill yet another time in a row ;)… Well, just see for yourself!
Needles to say, these are only a few glimpses of Edinburgh I managed to take so far, but since I’ll be staying here for some time, I will keep exploring!