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THE TRAVEL DIARIES | SCOTLAND | EDINBURGH

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Happy 2019 everyone! We're back and ready to continue to work to put out some great things for you. 🙂 We took a few days off to spend Christmas with our families and then to work on our thesis. We're going to start 2019 in the blog with a travel diary, so you can take some ideas if you're going to Scotland or, who knows, inspire to book a trip this year!

Back in December I went with a couple of friends to Scotland (we even went looking for Nessie, but without any luck!). This post will be all about the first part of the trip to Edinburgh, and next week I'll show you Glasgow.

I'll start by the logistics of things. Going from the airport to the city center is pretty easy, just take the tram. We stayed at an apartment 5 minutes away from Princess Street (one of the main streets). To go around town we just walked, because the city is relatively small.

We arrived pretty early to Edinburg, which meant we got to enjoy an entire day. The sightseeing started with a walk from the apartment to the National Museum of Scotland, stopping at the Scott Monument.

The national Museum of Scotland is a mix of science, technology, culture, and natural history of Scotland. It's such a beautiful building, with so many interesting and funny things to see. And it's free!

After the museum we headed to one of the main site in Edinburgh for any Potterhead: the Greyfriars Kirkyard, located right next to the museum. In here J.K. Rowling got some inspiration for some of the characters in the books, such as Tom Riddle and Minerva McGonagall. Definitly a weird place to sightseeing, but worth if you're a Harry Potter fan!

Just outside the graveyard look for a little statue of Bobby, the dog who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner. It's said that rubbing his nose brings good luck, so go ahead and do it just in case!

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We finished our first day with one more Harry Potter stop, Victoria Street, which inspired the Diagon Alley. There you can find a lot of Harry Potter stores, with so many cute things!

For the following day we went on a tour to Scotland's Highlands! For 12 hours we saw some stunning sceneries, which included a cruise in Lock Ness. We chose Rabbies Tours because they had great reviews online, and we bought the tickets in advance. They do their tours on a mini van (maximum of 16 people), and everything went smoothly.

I won't even attempt to describe it to you, so I'll just leave you a few pictures (out of the hundreds I took).

The third and last day in Edinburgh started with a climb to Calton Hill, where there's a great view of the city. It's a pretty easy walk that takes just 10 minutes.

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From there we headed to Edinburgh Castle (tickets here), where we spent about one hour visiting. The castle is very well kept, with many interest things, and some amazing views over the city.

The rest of the day was spent walking around the Royal Mile, Princess Street, and George Street. There you can find a ton of shops, if you'd like to do some shopping.

That's it, the highlights of my Edinburgh trip! I hope you like it, and that it inspires you to do some travel yourself 🙂

Let us know in the comment section if you ever been to Scotland, and stay tuned for the Glasgow diaries!

- Rita -


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