E-D-I-N-B-U-R-G-H spelled with 9 adjectives
Earlier this year, after experiencing an epic railway adventure through the Scotttish Highlands, I had the pleasure of re-discovering the country’s magnificent capital of Edinburgh. A city I briefly called “home” for two weeks while living a bit of a nomad-life back in 2015, and my re-visit – despite lasting only 24 hours – solidified it as one of my absolute favourite cities in Europe.
So, if you haven’t yet visited “Eddie” in the North, I’ll spell it for you why you should…
E = Entertaining
You can’t mention Edinburgh without also mentioning its famous Fringe Festival. The annual main event that goes on for several weeks around August, and brings in a cultural tsunami of everything from comedy to concerts and street performances. A program of more than 3.000 different shows in around 300 different venues, and a tradition that has been kept up since 1947. I haven’t personally visited during the famous Fringe yet, or the equally popular Edinburgh Militay Tattoo for that matter, but Edinburghs cultural scene is thriving all year around, and during my last visit I had the pleasure of experiencing a traditional Scottish dance and music show at The Jam House in downtown.
D = Dramatic
Edinburgh is full of drama – from the dramatic cityscape to the theatres and the stories of this city’s dark past. Especially popular are the many ghost-themed tours of the old town, which can be experienced by tour bus or by foot… if you dare!
I = Inspiring
If you’re looking for inspiration you need to look no further – just head to Edinburgh. Whether you’re a writing or painting you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the historic architecture and the surrouding hills of this city, and if you’re just curious Edinburgh’s many museums and galleries will surely be an inspiration as well. From the National Museum of Scotland to the Scottish National Gallery – or maybe a melancholic visit to the Museum of Childhood. Just to mention a few.
N = Nourishing
You might have heard about the classic Scottish dish ‘Haggis, neeps and tatties’, so why not give it a try when visiting the capital. And what about sampling that famous whisky? No matter what, you’ll have a large selection of restaurants, pubs and bars in Edinburgh, whether you’re looking for traditional treats, International cuisine… or simply “one on the rocks”.
B = Balanced
Edinburgh is very popular, not at least during the Fringe Festival mentioned before, but for the rest of the year the city doesn’t seem to be drowing in tourists, unlike other European hotspots. So although there are many visitors and plenty of souvenir-themed shops around downtown, Edinburgh seems to keep a very nice balance between International and local. You might just have to turn away from The Royal Mile to find atmospheric allyways with restaurants and cafés that offer a more local feel.
U = Unique
Hereby I mean unique like Amsterdam with its canals or Paris build around The Seine, because Edinburgh like Rome is said to have been built on seven hills – and it’s also often being referred to as “Athens of the North”. The hills surely make Edinburgh unique in the sense that you can take it in from many different perspectives without entering a building, and that you can go hiking one moment and be shopping on the high street the next. Among the most famous hills you’ll find the natural wonder of Arthur’s Seat, the iconic Calton Hill and the pedestal for the city’s castle, Castle Rock.
R = Rustic
There is something incredibly attractive about Edinburgh’s rustic, grey-brownish and stoney cityscape. Like an unpolished authenticity that blends in well with the surrounding nature. It’s not a colourful city, but like in the city of Bath in Southern England, it just really works for some reason, and I never get tired of exploring the narrow alleyways and cobbled and curvy streets. Be sure to charge your camera to max.
G = Green
Something I truly love about Edinburgh is how green it is – and how well that contrasts its rustic buildings. From the central Princess Street Gardens to the more exotic Royal Botanic Garden, and the green escape along The Water of Leigh Walkway. But also the hiking-hotspot of Arthur’s Seat and the hang-out-friendly Calton Hill. Edinburgh is greener than most and I have earlier dedicated a separate blog post to the city’s natural beauty.
H = Historic
Let’s round this off with stating the obvious – Edinburgh is historic, and the best example is perched on top of Castle Rock for everyone to see – Edinburgh Castle.
A majestic landmark which also serves as a spectacular backdrop for the magnificent Military Tattoo tradition. Touristy or not, there should be no visit to the Scottish capital without a walk up to the castle, which can be explored inside too. You also shouldn’t miss out on a visit to St Giles Cathedral on The Royal Mile, or a closer look at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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