I recently went to Edinburgh for a weekend getaway, it’s such a charming place I could definitely see myself living there.
First up the hotel – Village Hotel Edinburgh
This is located roughly 15-25 min by bus from the centre of Edinburgh depending on traffic, with a bus stop conveniently located right outside on the main road. It is also opposite a petrol station and a 10 minute walk from a supermarket.
This is the standard village double room – the bed was comfortable and the room was clean and tidy and a good size.
The hotel also has a Starbucks conveniently located in the lobby. There was also a bar area which showed sports and next to that was the Verve Grill. Included in our room package (bought through buy a gift) was breakfast both mornings and dinner on the first evening.
The three course dinner was delicious I had a portion of ribs to start followed by a burger (which seemed to be a popular choice in the restaurant) I believe I had a creme brulee for dessert. We ordered from a set menu and only paid for drinks.
The package also included access to the spa facilities (I believe normally there is a £5 charge). This included a 20m swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which was not that busy both occasions I used them (between 5-7pm) and a welcome relaxing break.
The views in Edinburgh city centre were lovely and it was also great for shopping! I was rather happy to find a NYX section being sold at the Boots.
The buses are convenient to get around on. An adult day ticket was £4 for unlimited travel, if you are also looking to travel to or from the airport I would recommend the airport day ticket for £9 for an adult. Both of these options include unlimited travel for the day by bus or tram. I would also recommend downloading the app and linking up your ticket purchase. Much easier to flash the screen at the driver each time rather than digging out my paper ticket.
Based on the good reviews on trip advisor we also visited Camera Obscura and World of Illusions located next to the castle. This was £14.50 for an adult and they stamp your hand so you can return again later that day. It features several floors (seemed to be stair entry only) of optical illusions and I would definitely recommend watching the show (upon entrance they let us know what time the next show would be at). This attraction kept us amused for a few hours – just nice to experience something different. There are also lovely views at the top.
One part of camera obscura that was quite amusing was the ability to take a photo of your face and amend it based on a series of selections. So here I am transformed into a manga character:
Located at 31 Market St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1DF. The walk up price for this for adults is £16.95 but cheaper if booked in advance.
This is effectively a walk through tour lasting roughly 80 minutes where you are in groups of up to 32 people. Having previously visited the London dungeons it was really interesting to see what they did in Edinburgh. I won’t say too much on this as I don’t want to spoil the experience as it’s best to see for yourself.
Edinburgh Gin Distillery
Located at 1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD just around the corner from the Huxley. This gin distillery offers a range of tours to suit different requirements. Best booked in advance as it does get booked up for the weekends. At the time of booking there were only spaces left for the Gin Discovery Tour at £10 per head, which runs at 10am, 12pm or 2pm for groups of up to 8 people.
Having only recently gotten into drinking Gin this tour was a real eye opener filled with lots of interesting facts. There is also an opportunity to try a gin and tonic at the end and make purchases from the rather cosy gift shop. I would recommend this tour if you like gin :).
This can be found at 15-16 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE. We actually went for a drink in the downstairs area before the dungeons and surprisingly ended back here based on reading good recommendations eating upstairs that same evening.
The restaurant and wine area upstairs had a lovely feel to it and there was a good selection of options on the menu.
Wanting to try some more Scottish food I went for the traditional Cullen Skink soup to start which had haddock, potatoes, onions and cream. This was quite filling but absolutely delicious, especially good on a cold day as it’s very comforting. For the main course I had Haggis Neeps & Tatties, which has Haggis, mashed potato and mashed turnip. This was actually my first time having haggis. This was a lovely dish to try but alongside the filling starter I barely managed to finish it. All in all a lovely bistro and I would recommend to try.
Dragonfly cocktail bar
This can be found in Edinburgh Old Town at 52 West Port Edinburgh EH1 2LD and is open until 1am. This has an extensive cocktail menu and great if you’re feeling adventurous and wanting to try something different. They also had a cosy sofa area upstairs. The staff are friendly and service is quick offering the option of paying for your tab at the end of the evening. The decor is eclectic but modern and the whole place had a really good chilled out vibe to it.
Can be found at 34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW and offers a simple menu of Hog Roast Rolls.
Firstly you choose your size: piglet, oink or the grunter and your choice of white or brown bread. The option then is sage & onion, apple sauce, chilli relish or haggis. I went for sage & onion and apple sauce and it was delicious.
Seating is limited here but it’s a great pick me up if you’re looking for some quick, comfort food.
I was also recommended to try a deep fried mars bar and came across Clam Shell a takeaway on 148 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS.
As per below, the deep fried mars bar with ice cream on the left, on the right I was throughly surprised to see random food being fried such as ribs?!
As for the deep fried mars bar I still feel mixed about this at some points it was delicious and gooey and at some points it was sickly sweet, definitely couldn’t have a lot of it and couldn’t have had it without the ice cream. At least I have tried it though!
So that sums up my highlights of a trip to Edinburgh. All in all it was a great trip. Unfortunately, the flight back was cancelled so a 2 night trip turned into a 3 night trip with the last night being an exhausting combination of miscommunication and trying to sort out last minute transport home and accommodation. However, I will thoroughly remember Edinburgh for its friendly people and charming landscapes. Hopefully I will be back again in future!
Thanks for reading!