Edinburgh is tourist-heavy, but that’s okay for a city that gave birth to whisky drinking, the Fringe and Diagon Alley. Whisked away for five days of kilts, haggis and whisky. Edinburgh is stunning in the winter time with its sights light up with festive decor and bagpipers playing carols. There is so much to see so if you are planning a trip away definitely consider these five unmissable highland highlights:
The castle is a must with visiting the city sights. Not only does it provide you with a fascinating scope of Scottish history from the castle to the development of weaponry throughout the war. The views are breathtaking from every direction and the One O’clock gun is a treat worth trekking up the Royal Mile for.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a wee dram? The Scottish whisky tour is a palatable insight into how the delicious brew is created. With tasting sessions and expert advice on how to enjoy your drink better as well as a peep at the largest collection of whisky in the world, it will expand your knowledge and give you something to brag to your friends about. Best advice is to go after you have had a good meal otherwise, the stuff will knock you back.
Sail the seven seas and launch yourself into this historical wonder by not only reliving the life of the navy officers and sailors but discovering a rare insight into the royal family’s life on board before the ship was decommissioned. There is also a perk of going in the festive season as the cabins are all decked out for the holidays.The ship still is a working vessel which is used for special occasions by the royal family. You can even have a spot of tea.
The World’s End Pub On The Royal Mile:
A real treat for any Simon Pegg film fans or anyone looking for a cosy bar or a hearty meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. The staff a warm and welcoming the food was delicious despite realising that I actually quite enjoyed sheep guts.One thing that did add to the atmosphere was the alarm going off and a few minutes later the power cutting out. “Did you ask for this to add to your romantic meal?” an elderly woman asked us at the next table making us laugh. Thankfully we had our food in time and luckily was offered it on the house. Shame our friends did not stay as their meal was nearly ready.
Victoria Street a.k.a Diagon Alley:
It was our first day there and having arrived so very early and our room not being ready allowed us to explore a fair amount of the city sights. No sooner than we had walked a short distance into the heart of Edinburgh did my boyfriend point out to my great excitement a sign saying ‘Diagon Alley’. Victoria street was the inspiration for the magical shopping street in the spellbinding Harry Potter series and J.K Rowling gathered much of her inspiration from Edinburgh for the books. A truly magical city.