Weekend in Edinburgh

Last weekend my friend Abby and I headed to Edinburgh, Scotland for a fun weekend trip. Keep reading along to hear about our adventures!

Friday 4/23:

After our morning classes ended, Abby and I took the metro to the airport except on this day it was not an ordinary metro ride. To our surprise, the metro line terminated at Oresund instead of the airport because workers doing construction/maintenance work. We got off at Oresund and scrambled to find a bus stop only to see no bus stop in sight. Luckily I had previously downloaded the taxi app TAXA 4×35 so we were able to take a taxi the rest of the way and even ended up sharing it with two other danish girls who were also trying to to the airport.

After we arrived at the airport, everything was smooth sailing from there. About two hours later, we landed at the Edinburgh airport and took a tram into the city. After checking into our hostel Castle Rock Hostel (would stay here again) we headed into to town to explore. We started our adventure climbing up the stairs to the Edinburgh Castle and then checked out Dean Village’s. Next we explored a park near princess street with cherry blossoms and great views of the castle.

View of Castle from our Hostel
Dean’s Village
Cherry Blossoms!
More Views of Edinburgh Castle

After dinner at Civerinos (would def recommend) we walked around near the University of Edinburgh’s campus and stumbled a beautiful park The Meadows with more cherry blossom trees. We ended the night watching The Notebook at our hostel’s movie night.

More Cherry Blossoms near Uni of Ediburgh

Saturday 4/24:

We started our morning hiking up Arthurs seat, an extinct volcano! The views of the city from the top of the hill were amazing and worth the climb.

Arthur’s Seat

Then we walked to Prestonfield House to see some highland cows. Next we grabbed brunch at Greenwoods where I was able to try a traditional Scottish breakfast. I even tried the black pudding which is beef/pork blood sausage but after one bite I quickly realized my tastes buds did not approve.

COWS
Scottish Breakfast

In the afternoon we visited the National Museum of Scotland. My favorite exhibit was the one about textiles and design in Scotland. To end the night, we made our own Harry Potter theme “potions” at Magic Potions Tavern. Fun fact: JK Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Potter was Edinburgh.

Harry Potter themed “potions”

Sunday 4/25:

On Sunday we packed our bags and headed back to Copenhagen.

Overall, I really enjoyed exploring Edinburgh. It’s currently tied with Amsterdam as my favorite city I have visited so far. I am glad though that this was my last weekend trip as traveling a lot on weekends can be very tiring. I don’t think I could really do anymore weekend trips at this point in the semester plus I want to be here in Copenhagen for my final two weeks (crazy how fast time flies!).

Edinburgh Tips:

  • Download the TfE M-tickets app for easy way to purchase bus/tram tickets. We purchased a 24hr ticket and used that for Saturday. Also for airport/single tickets validate it by scanning it on the small QR Code stickers before boarding the bus.
  • Since they drive on the wrong side of the road, remember to look the OPPOSITE way than normal when crossing the street to avoid getting hit.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes! You’ll likely being going up and down stairs while here

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