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Christmas DayTripping Around the World: Edinburgh

Written by Fionn Hunter

edinburgh-1Edinburgh at Christmas time is a great day tripping destination whether it is with a loved one, family or friends. There’s so much to see at this exciting time of year that you might want to spread this over a weekend! Edinburgh has a rich history and you can fall in love with the architecture and the cozy buzz of this cold city!

Well rounded- adventure:

Enjoy the magic of Edinburgh castle. High up above Princes Street, you can see far across the city. They even have special festive lunches and events. The Jacobite lunch and the ‘Very Mary Christmas’ will shine some light on Scottish history with a Christmassy twist!

Edinburgh’s Christmas market is expanding this year so there will be even more mulled wine, shopping and an impressive light display that is sure to impress. There are plenty of food stalls so you can warm yourself up with some churros while you wander the city.

Just to add to the festive magic, the Magicfest Christmas special is on from the 27th-30th of December. Be prepared to have your mind blown for this very special and captivating show! This is sure to be an entertaining night for all.

Active trip:

The Edinburgh canal is a hidden delight in the city. It stretches from Falkirk to the heart of Edinburgh city centre. It edinburgh-2is popular with cyclists and boating enthusiasts. The stretch along the canal is even perfect for a morning stroll with a coffee. Wandering along the canal to the city centre at winter is a delight!

A brisk walk to the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill will get your blood flowing and give you some excellent views across the city. You can see the beautiful Edinburgh skyline from this height and take a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the scenery and take in the knowledge that the visitor centre has to offer.

Edinburgh has various Bike hire shops, why not ditch the tram and explore the city on wheels?

Foodie adventure:

edinburgh-3For breakfast, take a trip to Edinburgh’s west end to Chapter One Coffee Shop. A fresh latte and bacon and maple syrup melt is certain to perk up your morning. However, if that’s not to your taste, they offer a range of fresh pastries and ready to grill baguettes. Spend your morning in this cute café with a book and relax with the scent of coffee and sweet pastry in the room.

For lunch, Wahaca on South St Andrew Street really packs a punch of flavor. Mexican market food is Masterchef contestant Thomasina Mier’s specialty and makes a perfect stopping point from an afternoon of shopping! Wahaca offers fresh and vibrant flavours with a great atmosphere that will transport you to heart of Mexico on a cold winters day.
For dinner, a visit to Badger & Co on Castle Street will make for a special evening. This relaxed restaurant offers amazing quality food with a bit of Edinburgh history. Author of Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame was born in the building! Fortunately, it has been given a massive revamp since then and has followed a very interesting theme. Stepping into this amazing restaurant is like walking into a fairy tale. If you’re looking for amazing quality Scottish food with a modern edge, Badger & Co is the place for you.

Party People trippers:

edinburgh-4For those with a slight fondness of gin, The Jolly Botanist in Haymarket  boasts over 70 types of gin that you probably shouldn’t try to taste in one go but I’m sure you could make a good attempt! The Victorian décor and busy atmosphere makethis bar a great place for discovering Edinburgh and warming up from cold. The Jolly Botanist was voted ‘Best new Pub 2015’ and offers a great range of whiskies and cocktails that cater to all tastes.

Speaking of cocktails, have you ever tried a zombie? Bourbon at Frederick Street offers some great cocktails (including the zombie that has a crazy amount of shots in it!). This hidden gem is great for a drink in the evening then all of a sudden, a door opens and it is turned into a nightclub. In winter, Edinburgh can be pitch black by 5pm so that must mean there’s longer to party?

 

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