24 hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • By Wendy
  • 07/12/2016
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24Hrs in Edinburgh

Being a Glasgow Girl, my heart belongs to my home town & despite an age old rivalry between the two cities, I am delighted to share my thoughts on the Scottish capital city with you.

Having previously explored the Christmas markets of Munich & Oslo, I was hopeful that Edinburgh would be a great shopping opportunity closer to home and I was not disappointed. Only an hour via train from Glasgow Queen Street station brought my thoughtful friend Helena & I to Edinburgh Waverly Street. I have visited many times over the years for various reasons but this was my first time at the markets. Last year around the same time we came to see the Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo & the amazing Wicked at the theatre. I also brought my sister & nephews to an amazing Andy Warhol exhibition & took the sightseeing bus around the city including the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. I have attended the Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Mile and several visits to the imposing Edinburgh Castle as a child for educational purposes. At any time of the year there is always something going on to attract visitors from around the world. As a young adult I enjoyed the nightlife of Edinburgh but this time around I took things at a slightly slower pace and instead of seeing the sights took time to relax and enjoy just hanging out and wandering around.

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Located conveniently next to the station, The Edinburgh Christmas Market can be found along the East Princes Street Gardens by the Scott Monument. Not being a huge fan of gluhwein I opted for a hot chocolate to sip whilst meandering through the crowds admiring the craftsmanship of the various stallholders. I purchased a few gifts for family & friends which I can’t wait to see opened as these markets are always great for finding the unique and unusual. The atmosphere here was lovely. From the smells of festive food, to the screams of joy from the fairground rides and ferris wheel, it really stimulates all the senses.

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The Dome on George Street is really THE place to go at this time of year for afternoon tea and is beautifully decorated however booking is essential weeeell in advance so we opted for Jenners instead and were fortunate to get a table with a marvellous view overlooking the markets which was just lovely. Prior to this though, was Harvey Nichols and yet more gifts for the family. Not somewhere I would usually shop for myself but excellent as a special treat for special people. I won’t lie, I did spend some time perving at the designer handbags and sniffing my favourite Diptyque candles but I behaved myself. Dinner was a simple Mac ‘n Cheese at Hard Rock as I hadn’t been to the one in Edinburgh before. Regular readers will know that I do like to pop in and see the memorabilia on my travels. Being so close to home, we opted not to stay overnight however Edinburgh has no shortage of accommodation to suit all budgets. I did notice however the Mercure Edinburgh City Hotel on Princes Street which is part of the Accor Hotels Group and right next to the Christmas market and would be very handy for this purpose.

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Pleasantly pooped & all shopped out, we wearily made our way home looking like a pair of Everest Sherpas with all our bags. Edinburgh is definitely a great place to spend 24 hours and I’m sure I will continue to do so in the future. Who knows, maybe even longer…

Top Tip : Consider taking a wheeled suitcase to the market for all your festive purchases to save carrying lots of bags.

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