03 Dec My Visual Stories of Edinburgh. The first edition.
Our trip to edinburgh, scotland november 2019.
He’s back. Tim Minchin toured again, and after seeing him 10 years ago in London we were once again in the UK to see his new show. This time we brought Cierra with us. Seeing Tim perform in Edinburgh’s Playhouse theatre was incredible, and our bonus was the location of Edinburgh. A city that was whimsical, friendly and photogenic (for the most part).
“It (Edinburgh) is quite lovely – bits of it.” Oscar Wilde
Edinburgh is in some ways like Rotterdam. It’s got an energy to it that feels really positive. It’s also a bit rough on the edges and the city is in many areas ‘under construction’. Like Rotterdam it has a lot of hidden gems, and so very unlike Rotterdam it has a lot of old buildings. Even the area of New Town has really old buildings dating back to the late 1700’s.
New Town has retained much of its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. Princes Street is a favourite among tourists, facing Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town with the former Nor Loch separating them. Together with the Old Town, the New Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It’s a beautiful area to shop, eat, drink and take photographs (which I certainly did!). We were there during the Christmas Market, but even though I was looking forward to it, I found it a bit ordinary and wish we would of visited a week earlier. Still only good memories of this city!
We arrived Saturday morning, and flew home on Thursday in the early afternoon. Our trip was mostly spent in the city of Edinburgh, with one full day travelling to the Scottish Highlands. Because we arrived earlier than our check in time of our flat rental we dragged our suitcases with us for the first hours. Luggage storage is shamefully expensive, we would’ve been out almost 100 euros had we left them at Waverley Station. We visited Old Town, ate some lunch, bought bus passes for the week (good on all public transport in Edinburgh). Afterwards we found our way to our Airbnb on Wellington Street, situated next to Calton Hill and around the corner from Playhouse theatre.
Before arrival we booked a free guided tour of Edinburgh, not just the city tour, but the Harry Potter city tour! We went on Sunday, and our guide was amazing. We booked through City Explorers online. Though the walking tours are free you’ll want to tip your guide afterwards. City Explorers offers many types of tours, including Old Town & New Town, the castle and even a pub crawl tour.
Some more our trip
including dean village
more coming soon
I’d like to share more soon, along with more information. Also I’ve got some pics from our Highlands excursion.
Some of my photographs from our Scotland trip have already been uploaded to Unsplash. You’ll find the collection below. As I edit I will be adding more. When it is complete I’ll post the collection here on VS.
If you’ve got any Edinburgh stories please share with us in the comments!
Thanks for visiting!