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My husband James turned 30 last week and so we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. Neither of us had been to Edinburgh before, or even Scotland for that matter so we decided on two nights away in Edinburgh.

The kids stayed with my mum, so we had some much needed child free time just the two of us and it was lovely. It’s the first time I’ve spent more than one night away from the kids but I knew they were in safe hands.

We made sure we did our research before we went and decided on where we wanted to visit. It’s such a big city with so much to see and do, it was impossible to fit everything in.

Although getting the train would have been quicker, after looking at the cost, we decided to drive instead. Looking on google maps it said it would take about 4 hours, but unfortunately we got stuck in traffic following an accident so it ended up taking us around 5 hours instead.

The hotel we stayed in was a Village Hotel and was really nice. The only downside was that it was quite far out of the city centre, so we had to rely on taxi’s and buses to get to where we wanted to be. The reason we chose this hotel was for the free parking, which we wouldn’t have got if we were right in the city centre. If we were to visit Edinburgh again however,  I think we would pay the extra to take the train and stay in a more central hotel.

We drove down on the Thursday, arriving at around 4pm. We then had all day Friday and Saturday morning in Edinburgh before driving home at around midday.

When we arrived on Thursday we quickly got changed and headed out for dinner at Jamie’s Italian. We also had a couple of drinks in some local bars before heading back to the hotel as we were both tired from travelling.

Friday was a really jam packed day. We started with a tour at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery, which was great, I mean, g&t at 10am? It doesn’t get much better does it?! We then did a bit of shopping on Princes Street, then lunch before heading up to Edinburgh Castle.

The castle was great and the weather was beautiful. It was very busy though, as it was half term so lots of children and tourists around. We had a wander down the Royal Mile when we’d finished at the castle before going back to the hotel.

After a quick spruce up, we were back out for The Real Mary King’s Close tour, I’d recommend this to anyone visiting Edinburgh, it was my favourtite thing that we did while we were there. If you love history, you’ll love this.

We went for dinner at Zizzi’s restaurant next and then went on a ghost tour! I was really looking forward to the ghost tour and it was OK but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be.

On Saturday morning we had a walk up Carlton Hill, there’s amazing views of the city from up there. After that we had a wander around Leith before making the epic drive home!

We had a great time in Edinburgh, there is so much to see and do and we’ll definitely go back in the future.

Here are the first lot, I hope you enjoy them..


Thanks for reading.



  1. June 9, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Edinburgh!! I stay just outside!!! I love your photos!! They are very professional looking. Let me know if you are coming up again. I can recommend some great hotels in the city centre for you 🙂
    L x

  2. June 9, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Oh how lovely Emma. I am glad you both had such a great time. x

  3. June 9, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Lovely photos. Glad you had a great time x

  4. June 9, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Amazing pictures, looks like you had a great time ❤

  5. June 11, 2016 / 8:42 am

    It looks fab emma I really love Edinburgh it’s making me want to go back x

    • June 11, 2016 / 8:59 am

      It’s a lovely place isn’t it x x

      • June 11, 2016 / 9:00 am

        It sure is love the royal mile x

      • June 11, 2016 / 9:07 am

        We loved it emma x we stayed on the royal mile . Inn on the mile it was a converted bank .

        • June 11, 2016 / 9:40 am

          We’d definitely stay somewhere more central next time x

  6. June 11, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Oooh. Sounds like a lovely trip. Especially the gin distillery! I’m off to Glasgow soon to visit my best friend from school. Haven’t been there for years. Can’t wait! #Justanotherlinky

    Maddie (www.theindeparent.com)

    • June 12, 2016 / 7:13 am

      I’ve never been to Glasgow but it’s on my list 🙂 thanks for reading x

  7. June 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Give me a shout if you fancy heading back next time, will let you know lovely places to eat and good things to go do that maybe you wouldn’t have known about.


    • June 15, 2016 / 7:57 am

      Ah thanks that’d be great 🙂 x

  8. June 16, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Sounds and looks wonderful! I’m jealous about the gin haha! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  9. June 17, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Oh wow! Those photos are amazing! Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlinky