Scotland : beautiful Edinburgh

Carlton Hill

The capital city of Scotland since the 15th century.  

To be honest, Edinburgh was not a city that was high on our bucket list. But eventually we are SO glad we did this trip with our good friend Carlo. Cause boy…this city is beautiful! Edinburgh is located in a region called Lothian and is home to the Scottish Parliament, the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. After London this city is the second most popular tourist destination when it comes to historical and cultural attractions. When strolling through these fascinating streets, it really feels like you are going back in time.

This city has a beautiful skyline, because it stands on 7 hills. Edinburgh is a smaller city in comparison with Glasgow but it really has its charmes!

Not to mention the local people, they are so unbelievable friendly! There were a lot of people, whether we were in the (grocery) shops, park or in the museum trying to make a conversation with us and asking if we enjoyed our stay and what we should see and do. We’ve been to many places, but their hospitality is amazing! We just can’t say enough, we LOVE Scottish people!

Here is our where to go list!

Arthur ’s Seats

Is the main peak of the group of hills which form the most of Holyrood Park. The hill is 250,5 metres high (822 ft) and its formed by an extinct volcano. We climbed all the way up, it was pretty exhausting but it was all worth in the end. When you see this panoramic view of the city, wow it’s just breathtaking. Make sure to wear (comfortable) sport shoes!

National Galleries of Scotland

Full of works from Scott artists and some of the world’s famous paintings from Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet etc. It has a very nice collection of Dutch 17th and 18th century art. And the best thing is the entree is free! You can also enjoy live music concerts here. When we were visiting this museum we didn’t know that the band Cherrygrove would be performing, so that was a surprise! This band was so good, a mix of traditional songs, contemporary melodies and original compositions. Hearing the music (in particular the songs : Osmosis, the prize, Home on my mind) really felt like..yes we are in Scotland haha. Make sure to check them.

Edinburgh Castle

This Castle is one of the UK’s famous tourist attraction and iconic building in the city. Its located atop of an extinct volcano, like the Arthur’s Seats but another extinct volcano.

Carlton Hill

Is also a hill in central Edinburgh. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find here several iconic monuments like The Nelson Monument, National Monument, Dugald Stewart Monument.

Edinburgh old Town

If you want to get the taste of the real Edinburgh, this is the place to be. This is where the history of Edinburgh is. Old buildings on the Royal Mile, lots of shops and traditional Scottish bars/café/restaurants to visit. Strolling through the little side streets. Such a great atmosphere.

Royal mile

A wide street with historical buildings, souvenirs shop, restaurant and cafés.

Princes Street Garden

A beautiful park near the Princess street. Here you can sit on the many benches and enjoy the great view of the Castle.

Princes Street

The shopping area! Here you can shop till ya drop!

There is lots of other great attractions and activities you can visit and do here!


Below some pictures :

Arthur ’s Seats

Arthur 1

Arthur 2

Arthur 3

arthur 4

Ineke Arthur seat

Arthur Seat

Arthur seat 1

Arthur 10

Arthur 9

Arthur 7

Arthur 5

Carlton Hill

Carlton hill (2)

Carlton Hill 2

New Town

New town 1

New Town

Edinburgh at nights

Park Edinburgh

park 1

park benches

Park Castle view

Park stairs


view from park Princess street

history park

Old Town


Old town 1

Old town 2

Old town

Lakeland , a shop for baking and cooking! 

Lakeland in New town

National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries

We also visited Glasgow, more in our next post 🙂 !

84 responses to “Scotland : beautiful Edinburgh

    • Hi Johanne, how are you? Oh that’s nice doing a semester in Scotland, your son is lucky hihi! Couple years ago we had to do an internship abroad as well, we choosed a little town between Manchester and Leeds. But now we regret we didn’t do this in Edinburgh hihi. Okay, we will try to watch Outlander series or read the books. We will check your travels too 🙂 . Xoxo

    • Thank you for your nice comment Yuna! Yes, the people there were so nice hihi. You definitely should visit this incredible city, you will love it 🙂

    • Hi Oksanakambur! Really, first you will think, what can you see in that old city..boring! But then WOW hihi. Sure you will be amazed too if you visit this place 🙂 Xoxo

  1. Mooi verslag en mooie foto’s! En goed dat jullie de naam van die band hebben onthouden want die was ik vergeten… goede zangeres.

    • Thanksss Carlo! We hadden nog zo’n foldertje bewaard waar hun naam op staat hihi. Anders waren wij het ook vergeten hoor :p .En inderdaad goede zangeres 🙂 !

  2. Thanks for sharing all this information, and the Beautiful Pictures…Wish I could get there…Your pictures and information brought me closer! You have been Heard!

    • Hi Ibeaheard! You are welcome, we are glad you like our Edinburgh post 😀 Aah you will go there someday and you will like this beautiful city! XoXo

    • Yes Sue, Edinburgh is such a beautiful place on earth! Your welcome, and thanks for your sweet comment! We are glad you like our post and photos! Xoxo

    • Hi 50shadesofvanity 🙂 Aah lucky you for 3 years! We are glad you like this post and that it brought some memories back! Glasgow is wonderful, but unfortunately we visited just once but we really liked it 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hii Miriam 🙂 Thank you! Scotland is really stunning, the landscape is just beautiful. We are glad this post brought back some wonderful memories to you! 😀

  3. Hi Miriam, I spent 6 months in Glasgow many years ago and….people are reallly incredible, so so so friendly!!! Edinburgh is really beautiful. I can only say good things about Scotland. Thank you to let me remember! 🙂

    • We agree, the people are SO friendly and so helpful!! We too..can only say good things about Scotland 😀 We are glad you like this post! Thanks for the visit Luccacloset!

    • Hello I.J. Khanewale ! Yes, two words about Edinburgh : Beautiful & magnificent! Everything there is just great. You should go, this city is really worth a visit 🙂 . If you go don’t forget to post about it, we would love to hear your story 🙂

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    • Hi Petra! Yes we agree Edinburgh has this fairytale city atmosphere, its just great! We really enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by our blog 😀 XoXo

  5. Looks like quite an amazing visit you’re having! I haven’t visited there for years now but toured round for a few weeks with some cousins. The Edinburgh Tattoo festival was something I’ve never forgotten in August.

    • Hello Kitty! Yes we really enjoyed our trip to Scotland, beautiful landscape and the people are so friendly! Nice.. you toured for a few weeks, so you have seen a lot from Scotland! We have heard about The Edinburgh Tattoo festival, we would love to experience that, looks so great. Hopefully someday! 😀 Thanks for visiting our blog!

    • Hi Janika! We are glad you like our post! Yes we love Edinburgh too is such a beautiful city, its worth visiting again. Thank you for stopping by!:D

    • Thank you Temydayo! NICE, 3 years in London! It’s really a great city, we’ve been a few times but still wanna go back hihi. Edinburgh is beautiful too, you will love it 😀 Thanks for the visit!

  6. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. This post took me right back to my visit to Edinburgh. It is far more beautiful than you expect, isn’t it. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Your welcome Haddon, you have a nice blog :). We are glad you like this post. It definitely is far more beautiful than we expected it to be. This city Edinburgh is just great!! Have a nice weekend Haddon 🙂

  7. great photos! I loved Edinburgh when I visited.It was in July in 2012 but it was so foggy and rainy that I don’t have nice pics like you do. But I loved it anyway:)

  8. Thank you Tanja! We are sure you loved Edinburgh, even though it was foggy and rainy.The Atmosphere of the city is just great! We had rain too especially when we visited Glasgow, rain all day! Great blog you have! We enjoy reading your travel post 😀

    • Hi Lisag87! We are glad you like our Scotland post of Edinburgh and Glasgow 🙂 Really enjoyed these great cities, we would love to go back someday!Thanks for stopping by our blog 😀

  9. Lovely pictures and good recommendations. Scotland is DEFINITELY on my list and has been there for a long time. Edinburgh of course too, but even more the Scottish countryside. One day… 🙂

    • Hello Sonia, glad you like our post! And thank you so much for your compliment hihi, we appreciate it. Yes Scotland, such a beautiful place on this earth! Its a must see, and def belongs on a travel bucketlist :). We would love to go back one day, just to see the country side as well. Don’t forget to post about it if you go, we would love to see the pictures and read your adventures . Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Thank you Guaipai! Edinburgh is such a great city. We are glad this post brings back some good memories to you! Thank you for stopping by 😀

    • Hello Anna, glad our post reminds you of the wonderful time you had in Edinburgh! Thanks for stopping by our blog :D. Have a great week! Xoxo

    • Hello Claidig, how are you? So you live in Edinburgh? Lucky you! Edinburgh is such a great place, we love it! We went to Scotland end of Oktober, we thought..why not hihi! If it’s going to rain, let it be, we will take our umbrella’s with us :). And then…we got such a lovely weather :D. Except for one day, when we went to Glasgow. Love to go back someday soon. Have a great day!

      • From there too 🙂 Haha, yeah, there’s a skill to Scottish weather and even then you’ll get caught out. Unless you go up North, then you can be almost 100% sure there won’t be sun. Enjoy your future adventures!

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