Last week I found myself at Gatwick airport for the last time this summer boarding a plane with my best friend and two of my cousins to visit the Burgh for a few days. In my whole 21 years I've never crossed the boarder and visited Scotland; I've always assumed (and I hope any Scottish readers will forgive me!) that Scotland was a colder, rainier version of England. However, having visited everything in Edinburgh from the Castle to the underground dungeons, I can safely say that this beautfiul city is every bit different from London.
We gallivanted around Grassmarket and roamed down the Royal Mile, both of which are home to some of the CUTEST little shops (the stationary/card shops are fantastic - I'd strongly advise you buy everyone's birthday cards for the next 10 years in your single trip) and most beautiful old buildings. I actually felt as though I was wandering around Hogwarts Castle grounds. Speaking of which, we had brunch at The Elephant House café which was one of J. K. Rowling's favourite haunts when fleshing out the plot of her first novel.
I think if it didn't get quite so cold, then I'd love to live in Edinburgh (my friend and I have already picked out the most perfect five bedroom flat complete with 4 bathrooms, a balcony and a games room. No biggie); not only is this small city full of beatiful buildings and bursting with history, the locals are also some of the friendliest people I've ever encountered. Shop keepers and tour operators alike didn't even want to see PROOF that we were students - could you IMAGINE that happening in London! More likely that you'd be expected to pull out a student card, your national insurance number and birth certificate before you get 10% off in Topshop! Not only that but there is THE most amazing Primark on Princes Street. I would advise any travellers to pack minimally and just buy a whole new wardrobe there!
Unfortunately we only had 3 days (2 nights) to carefully plan our visit around, but if we'd had an extra day I would have loved to explore more of Scotland with a day trip to the Highlands and Loch Ness. But I'm sure I'll be taking another visit to Scotland sometime - I HEART SCOTLAND! x
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