I fell in love with Edinburgh when I visited last Summer and was desperate to visit again in the cold. All that lovely grey stone would surely suit the snow. I went with my friend, Danielle, for a little midwinter adventure. We flew from London, which was impressively cheap, and stayed in a hotel in Haymarket.
When we arrived and had settled into our hotel, our first port of call was Calton Hill. It was pretty cold and I found sheets of ice in puddles at the top, that’s proper winter. We got to the top as the sun was lowering in the sky, it was so refreshing to look out at the sea from one side and the city the other. Edinburgh looked so deliciously moody as the sun set through the clouds.
The next morning, we awoke to a very early alarm. For some stupid reason, we decided we wanted to climb Arthur’s Seat at sunrise, but when the alarm sounded at 6:00am, we thought otherwise. Instead, Danielle and I slept in and then set off for the summit at 10:00am. The climb was harder than I thought it would be, mostly due to the slippery ice and that we took a “shortcut” up the side. But, it was all worth it to see the whole city laid out before us. I love those snowy mountains in the background, and seeing the castle on its own little peak.
After admiring the view, we headed back down to The Baked Potato shop, on Cockburn Street, for a massive lunch. I had vegetable chilli, quinoa salad and chilli corn, so good and very clear vegan labelling. As we left the shop, snow started drifting down from the clouds, so we strolled along The Royal Mile and through Greyfriar’s Kirkyard before walking back to the hotel.
Edinburgh is seriously magical in Winter, I propose a permanent scattering of snow and ice in every puddle. Parting with such a gorgeous city was hard, but to soften the blow, I’m already planning the next trip for August to check out the Fringe Festival again.