The first trip we’ve made in Scotland was from Glasgow to Edinburgh. We took a train from Queen Street (a day return ticket is around 12 pounds) and in 50 minutes we were in the center of this beautiful city. I haven’t searched much about Edinburgh before going there, this time I just wanted to be surprised and this is only 10% of the first impression I had as I entered the small alley to the old city center. The town is simply gorgeous with the old, gray-brick houses and small paved streets called “close”. From meter to meter you will see a lot of signs indicating an alley or another and you will want to enter on all of them (and we did that).
The city has many to offer, multiple places to visit, but we’ve headed to Arthur’s Seat: the peak of the hills of Edinburgh, at a altitude of 251 meters. There are different trails, but we’ve started from somewhere near the Scottish Parliament and it took us around 40 minutes with many stops in between. The park is full of people exercising even in the middle of the day (working day). Anyhow, it is a good thing that this is a touristic objective as it will make tourists exercise a bit, consuming the calories gained due to the heavy meals and multiple beers. And there’s no point to say something about the landscape: it is simply terrific. You can admire the sea, the city, the hills, the white peaks of mountains at the horizon. It is for sure a place to visit while in Edinburgh.
The east side of the hill will bring you close to the city center on streets with many pubs. After chilling at one of them, we’ve headed to the castle (which we didn’t visited). At the base of the hill beautiful gardens await for visitors to admire the yellow of hundreds of lent lilies.
Immediately after the park you enter on the famous Princes Street: there’s one sequence from Trainspotting filmed here so fans are coming here to reproduce it.
And here we are at the end of a short trip to Edinburgh – a town I recommend to anyone who’s planning a trip to Scotland.