Edinburgh

The second part of my New Year’s holiday was my first ever trip to Edinburgh. Well that is not strictly true, my first time was a working holiday where I spent of the time drunk so I can’t really remember much… But this time I was determined to be able to recount at least some of my holiday!

I spent 3 days in Edinburgh but one of my highlights was actually getting there!! I managed to prebook tickets on the sleeper train from London for £19 each way. Now I love a good train journey (the sit down and eavesdrop kind, not the commuter standup in someone’s armpit for 2 hours kind) and this brought to mind the age where train travel was a luxury and an adventure, not something that is to be endured. It was very Agatha Christie!

This was my house for two nights!

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And my room!

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My cabin mate on the way up was a middle aged Scot bloke called John, the only person I can say that for the ENTIRE time I knew him he was never fully clothed!

Upon arrival in Edinburgh at early o’clock on the next day I checked into the hotel before heading out.

BTW, check out this view!

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Perfect for any fire exit aficionados! However for £30 for two nights in Central Edinburgh it was more than acceptable.

Over the 3 days I managed to prise myself away from the hotel room to take in sights below, including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish National Gallery.

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My favourite Edinburgh foodie moments were a couple of lunches, one at the Dogs and the other at the Word of Mouth Cafe.

The Dogs is an excellent value restaurant just off a major shopping street, George Street. The  day menu is varied, full of local and in season ingredients and eye poppingly reasonable considering the standard of the food that came out.

I ordered the cock-a-leekie soup and a carafe of decent white wine. Out came the soup with a real depthness and with the sweetness of the dates really cutting through.

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The food coming out to other tables was so tempting that I felt obliged to order the haggis, black pudding and bacon hash (it’s holiday after all!). This came topped with a fried duck egg. A perfect dish for a chilly winter lunch!Image

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All this was had for just over £20!

Another place worth a mention is the Word of Mouth Cafe where I had a marvellous croque monsieur (influenced from my Paris trip perhaps?!), cheesecake and plenty of high quality tea. Unfortunately I was enjoying the food so much I forgot to take any pictures except this one!

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These are some other photos I did remember to take on my last day before boarding the sleeper back to London and normality… P.S. It’s worth checking out Ryan’s Bar just for the awesome ceiling!

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