Holiday Wishlist – Edinburgh

I am not a beach holiday kind of a girl. I don’t like being too hot and find lying about toasting myself frankly a bit dull. Give me a city any day of the week! We already have a grown up only trip to New York pencilled in for a couple of years time when my other half turns fifty, but I also have a list of places closer to home that I would love to sneak in a weekend visit to. Top of that list is Edinburgh with it’s beautiful architecture and lively cultural scene.




Edinburgh is most famous for it’s festival, and I would love to go one year, to see a whole range of performances from across the whole artistic board. Culture in the city doesn’t only take place in August though, there is a huge array of events throughout the year to satisfy all tastes – I would LOVE to see one of my big heroes, Stephen Fry, at the Festival Theatre next week. He is giving sneak preview of his new book, More Fool Me, a heady tale of the late eighties and early nineties in which Stephen burned bright and partied hard and damned the consequences! To sit and listen to his comedic ramblings in a world class venue would be a perfect night out for me.


stephen fry


For accommodation, The Holiday Inn Edinburgh is situated half way between the airport and the city centre – which would be convenient for us if we were flying in- and is right next to the Zoo. The Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West is 2 minutes from the Castle – another must see attraction. Both hotels offer parking and have regular bus services direct into the heart of the city, and are good for families as kids stay free – bonus!

There is plenty of things to see in do in Edinburgh. If I had the kids with me, then a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see the Pandas would be high on the list, followed by a visit to the Museum of Childhood. If I had managed to sneak away without them I would be visiting the Gallery of Modern Art then going on a whisky tour.

Tian Tian at Edinburgh Zoo

Tian Tian at Edinburgh Zoo

As someone who lives in a small town, a visit to a city is also a chance to shop. I prefer independent quirky shops to chains, and Grassmarket and the surrounding streets come recommended for the range of indie shops selling everything from designer and vintage fashion to artisan foods.

I love old buildings, and Edinburgh has some stunning architecture meaning I would be happy to potter around the streets taking it all in, with the occasional pub pit stop of course. I would love to visit The Real Mary Kings Close, a warren of underground streets and spaces that has been frozen in time since the 17th century. It is rumoured to be haunted, and while I am far too sensible to be an out and out ghost hunter I do like being spooked – which means I also fancy doing the Ghost Walk that takes you into the Blair Street Vaults.

All that scary stuff will mean I will be in need of a drink and some light relief, which for me comes in the form of live music in a good pub. Edinburgh has some fabulous looking bars and clubs – loving the look of Bannerman’s which is situated in the in the vaulted caves of the historical Old Town and has live music 6 nights a week.


bannermans edinburgh



Have you been? What were your must sees?

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  1. September 22, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Oooih book it book it!! We’ve just done back and absolutely loved it. I didn’t spot the holiday inn, or the Panda but it’s still an amazing city. So much to do!

  2. September 22, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    I have been to Edinburgh just the once. Having had the children when we were young and skint I never really did the weekends away mini break type thing. Looking forward to doing it once the kids are all older instead!
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  3. Marilynn1982
    September 22, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Yes! Come to Edinburgh and I can meet you! I do love Edinburgh, and it’s about an hour and a half away from me so I try and go as often as I can.

    Definitely recommend Mary King’s Close. It’s so atmospheric and you can really envisage how it would have been all those years ago. Also my tour recommendation goes with either City of the Dead or Mercat Tours. Scarily good fun!

    Bannerman’s is a good choice for a refreshment or two but I also recommend Sandy Bell’s. Although to be honest you really are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh for a good watering hole!

    I really do love Edinburgh, there’s something for everyone, so please come up here soon!

    • September 22, 2014 / 1:04 pm

      Hopefully next year we might be able to leave Syd for a couple of nights and make our escape, would LOVE to see you again! x
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  4. September 22, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    God I love Edinburgh so much. Worked there years ago. It’s just amazing. I went to a wedding that was held in a gorgeous little venue within those tunnels you are talking about.
    Our local airport flies up there daily – you have inspired me to look at taking the kids up.
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  5. September 22, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    I adore Edinburgh. My sister in law is from there and I once had a very memorable New Years eve with her family and lots of random international visitors that were staying with them. I believe I may have kissed a policeman at one stage…
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  6. Pinkoddy
    September 22, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    my best mate spent 4 years doing her degree in Edinburgh. When I visited it was just so clean. We had an open top bus tour and my favourite place was the castle.
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  7. September 22, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    beautiful city, expensive mind. however i do love a beach!! he he

  8. September 22, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    Lucky enough to have lived there for about 8 years – and now we live just 20 minutes outside of this wonderful place. If you ever make it up, gimme a shout and I’ll happily show you around (well, at least the good bars!)
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