Exploring Edinburgh, UK

I didn’t really expect to fall in love with Edinburgh – before the start of our trip, I thought that I would moon over London, but that wasn’t the case. Edinburgh was the first stop on our trip; as our flight arrived at 8 in the morning, we immediately got to explore Edinburgh, as well as made a quick stop at Rosslyn Chapel. We were only able to stay in this beautiful city for a day, but I think that we at least saw some of the important sights to be seen here like Calton Hill, the Royal Mile, and, of course, Edinburgh Castle. Too bad though that we weren’t able to go to the Elephant House, where Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, wrote the books while enjoying the cafe’s coffee and cake.

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So as soon as our plane landed at Edinburgh Airport, after getting through customs we were fetched by our coach driver and we headed into the city to start our tour. We first fetched our guide, and then we were off to Rosslyn Chapel, which was quite a drive (around 30 minutes) from Edinburgh, and after staying there for a while, we drove back to the city, went to Calton Hill, and then had lunch. After lunch, we went to Holyrood Palace (which I’ll probably have a short post about it up sometime soon!) and then Edinburgh Castle – on the way, we were greeted by this.. This creature. Haha, I honestly don’t get what it’s supposed to be! πŸ™‚

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A shot of the castle I took while waiting for our tickets. The structure is massive! Images of Game of Thrones popped out unbidden in my mind when I finally saw it for the first time. It doesn’t help that Edinburgh Castle stands on Castle Rock – Castle Rock.. Casterly Rock? Lannisters! I don’t even know anymore, haha.

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A Visit to Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

On our first day in the UK, we visited various places, one being the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or what is more commonly known as the Holyrood Palace. It’s the official residence of the monarch whenever she comes to Edinburgh, and it has been the home of royalty for over 500 years.

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The entrance to Holyrood Palace – we spotted Merida, haha!

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Unicorn! The national animal of Scotland. πŸ˜€

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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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One of the most notable places that we visited during our short stay in Edinburgh would be Calton Hill. In fact, I think that out of all the sights that we’ve seen, it remains to be one of my favourite and I would definitely love to come back in the future! To go to Calton Hill, you have to first walk up there – but, trust me, the view from Calton Hill is worth the (short, but tiring haha!) climb!

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I agree that if you want to see a good view of Edinburgh, you should head on to Calton Hill. This place is included in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Calton Hill is also a choice venue for quite a number of events. Β For example, held every year on theΒ 30th of April would be the Beltane Fire Festival, which is attended by over 12,000 people.

 

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