My 48 Hours In Edinburgh


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My trip to Edinburgh was short, sweet and spontaneous. I booked our tickets on the Tuesday and we were flying by Friday evening that week. I’d never really been interested in going to Scotland because I’d grown up on English holidays around the country. My attitude at first was very much like “I’ve done enough English holidays! Why go around England when you can go to Spain?” but my other half wanted to go and I have an attitude of “Shall we just go and think about the consequences later? I did just get paid…” and there was a deal on my regular website I visit so I thought… why not? and I am so glad I did. Our trip was Friday evening through to Sunday evening and we stayed at Holiday Inn in Edinburgh Zoo.

The Flight
Now, I am a nervous flyer. I’m not afraid to admit that. I suffer from motion sickness and I have a phobia of sickness and I can feel every movement of the plane. You see my problem? When the plane takes off, I feel dizzy and light headed and if it drops a little bit I can feel it (This might be why I’m scared?) Anyway, that was hands down the worst flight I have ever had. The flight crew were fab but we were sitting in the middle of the plane and we didn’t know this at the time… but we were flying in a storm. Not only were we flying in a storm, but I had a mad man sitting next to me. He started talking to me about plane crashes, controlling of the plane, cheering and wooping when we suffered severe turbulence. I genuinely thought I was going to die upon landing and I didn’t have any high hopes for this trip. Alas, we arrived to a very windy and very wet Edinburgh at around 11pm at night and were greeted by cheerful hotel staff who gave us a chocolate bar (We must of looked stressed.)

Our goal of the day was to fit in as much as possible before we went home on Sunday. When we woke up, we were greeted by snow and the sound of Monkeys waking up. After breakfast and watching a snow storm appear out of no where we were ready to tackle the day. We had absolutely no plan and decided to play the “lets not look at TripAdvisor and wing it” game.

A small Gallery

Edinburgh Castle
After walking around for a while after the gallery, we actually realised we were walking up the hill to Edinburgh Castle, so we went in. We waited around 40 minutes in the queue for tickets (So I’d advise pre-booking if its cold outside!) We spent more time outside of the castle looking at the views if I’m honest but the War Museum in there is definitely worth a visit.

Camera Obscura
Much to my boyfriends delight, I’d dragged him to Camera Obscura. It’s a wonderful little museum that we spotted on our way down from the castle. Based entirely on illusions, he wasn’t keen. But I was paying, so he wasn’t allowed to complain!

Inside the mirror maze, sweets (not my fingers) and a never ending galaxy (sorry about the phone reflection)

The roof & Lunch

After this, we just carried on exploring around and went back to the hotel for dinner. There was an event going on at our hotel so our evening entertainment was good old awful British Karaoke.

Our flight wasn’t until 8pm so we still had another full day ahead of us.

Carlton Hill

We were going to go to Arthurs seat instead but we were both too tired so opted for this little treasure instead!

After Carlton Hill, we had a walk around town and visited a Chapel. We took a hop on/hop off bus around Edinburgh and I listened to the Horrible Histories channel, haha! After that we sat down in Pizza Express for lunch and I started saying how much I loved and enjoyed Edinburgh and my partner wore his best “I told you so” face.

Dynamic Earth
Our last and rushed stop of the day was Dynamic Earth. We’d seen it on the bus tour and had 4 more hours to kill before our flight. I didn’t take any pictures in there because I was just in awe. I felt like this was the hidden gem of Edinburgh and I’m so so glad we went there. It ended up being my personal highlight from the trip. It’s an interactive museum of how the world started all leading up to now. The experience included a 4D cinema, “time travelling” and a Dome cinema.

After that we said good bye to a rainy Edinburgh and headed back home!

Have you ever been to Edinburgh? If so, what were your highlights?


  1. May 14, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Ah I'm dying to go back to Edinburgh, I've only been once briefly so I missed most of the things you saw! Camera Obscura looks fascinating, that's a must do for me when I go back. Gorgeous photos!

    • May 17, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you! yesyesyes I recommend Camera Obscura entirely! definitely try out Dynamic Earth as well, it's a good one!

    • October 10, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Hi Miranda! I really did! I have just been back recently so please keep an eye on a more updated post! 🙂

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