We have been back from our trip to Tenerife for a week now and deciding where our next adventure will take us. 👧🏻 would like to go to Scotland. I am wanting to visit somewhere warmer as the summer weather here seems to have ended.
One of our favourite places to visit for a weekend away is Edinburgh. I think we all have places that we can go to and they are a home from home. The Dalmahoy hotel in Kirk Newington is that place for us. From arriving up the long drive way and seeing the ‘auld hoose’ gleaming on the horizon, to going for a swim at the end of the day everything about the hotel is amazing. Added to the lovely feel and familiarity of the hotel it is a short drive into Edinburgh where there is so much to see.
We have been visiting Edinburgh for over fifteen years. In that time what we are looking for from the city has changed immeasurably. No longer are we able to wile away afternoons drinking wiskey in the shadows of the castle and you will more than likely find us in one of the many independent coffee shops or Camera Obscura. As we have changed from a couple to a family of three so has our love for the beautiful city. It can be a relatively inexpensive weekend with a lot of free things to explore or we have also visited for a week at various half terms and never have we tired of the place.
The national museum of Scotland is open all year round, other than Christmas Day. It is a really interactive museum and hours of fun to be had. Our favourite has to be the animals suspended from the ceilings or the wheel that you can stand in and runaround. A bit like a human sized hamster wheel. We go to the museum almost every time we visit Edinburgh and every time we find something new. Most recently there was Tim Peaks space craft. I challenge you to not find something in the museum you are not blown away by.
Camera Obscura World of illusions is another must visit. You will find it at the top of the royal mile near the castle. There are five floors of curiosity. At the top you will see one of the best views of the city. The mirror maze and vortex tunnel are a favourite with us.
The Grassmarket area of Edinburgh in the old town is a vibrant eccelectic collection of shops, bars and restaurants. The road that is said to inspire Diagon Alley, Victoria Street is beautiful and has a lovely art gallery that is worth looking in. We also go to see the small statue of Greyfriars Bobby that is at the end of candlemakers row. It is thought that if you touch his nose it will bring you luck.
If you find yourself wondering where to go for a weekend away I would highly recommend a visit to Edinburgh. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. It certainly has my heart.