Monday, 8 September 2014

Day Trip To Edinburgh

Day Trip To Edinburgh
Day Trip To Edinburgh
Me and my boyfriend decided to take a trip up to Edinburgh for the day mainly to visit the zoo and castle but, we managed to get quite a lot done in a small space of time and of course I blogged my day trip! We wanted to get a good days worth of Edinburgh so we hopped on the train for 6.30am and returned home at 6.30pm given us a solid day to admire and site see some of the grand architecture!

Once we got out of the station we were overpowered with grand, magnificent towers and buildings from every angle. The first place we visited was Calton Hill which once climbed up on you can see some incredible, mesmerizing views of the city. Of course the photos look a little dull at the start but baring in mind we were up in Edinburgh in the early morning, still was a lovely view. Once we spent sometime up Calton Hill we decided to get the bus to Edinburgh zoo, one thing that I found a little irritating was how you needed the exact right amount of change to get on the bus. Where as at home you were able to pay with five pound notes and receive change so this was a little unusual to Newcastle.

When we got our tickets and our map we started making our excited, childlike selves around the zoo starting with the meerkats. I have created a post just on Edinburgh zoo (be up soon!) if you want to see some of the animals we came across. I think my favourite has to be the tiger only because when we stopped to take photos he let out this massive growl that made us all jump. I also really liked the penguins especially their cute little waddle and the way they go to sleep is quite amusing. I forgot how huge the zoo was so by the time we made it right to the top of the map our feet were shattered and we were starting to get a little hungry. After spending a good 2/3 hours in the zoo we decided to take a little peak in the gift shop before we made our way back into the city.

Eventually after spending a good half an hour deciding we finally went to the Hard Rock cafe for something to eat. I was really excited to try this place as I had heard so many amazing things about the food. You definitely see/feel the 'rock' side of things in this cafe with the guitars all across the walls and the music blasting. We both ordered a classic burger with crispy fries that came in a cute little pot. Unfortunately we weren't blown away with the food and for the price we payed we didn't think it was worth it. The chips were amazing but the burger itself to me tasted very much like a Mcdonalds hamburger. The good thing that happened was we ended up not being charged for the chips so that was a lucky hunch!

After dinner we decided to burn off that burger with a walk up to Edinburgh castle. On the way to the castle we popped into the national museum and looked at some of the amazing paintings/canvas. I love museums or any sort of gallery involving art and history I just get fascinated with what influenced the artists and why etc. After walking up massive hills that had our chests going crazy we finally made it to the eye catching castle. I love how this castle isn't on flat ground and you are able to see the natural wear and tare of the cliff eroding. I also really liked how traditional and historic it all looked too with the grand entrances and canons popping out building walls.

We decided to spend the rest of the time by wondering around in unknown areas to see where it took us. First off we landed in a little market and of course if you's have read my previous lifestyle posts you's will know I love a good rummage in markets. We took a walk up some narrow streets with cute, dainty shops such as the book shop photograph I took. We somehow ended up wondering through one of the university campuses which eventually some how leaded us to some mountains which I believe was in Holyrood park. I would of loved to have climbed up the mountains if I had longer time!

I had such an amazing day at Edinburgh we do wish we stayed overnight so we had time to visit some other areas too. Definitely will be returning. I was shocked as to how much we got done in just one day the zoo, Calton Hill, the castle, shopping, museums and Holyrood park. Edinburgh really is an amazing place to visit if you love site seeing and knowing about historic artifacts. As I type this now I can tell you that trip payed off as I have been walking around like one of those penguins at the zoo my feet hurt that much! Was all worth it though especially going to the zoo.
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  1. lovely photos xx

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  2. Ooh It looks fantastic! I'd love to go to the castle! Www.tamlovestea.com

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    1. Castle was one my highlights of the day because I love history and architecture!

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  3. Gorgeous photos! I absolutely love posts like this <3
    Love Victoriajanex
    xx

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  4. Such lovely photos!! I seen a few posts about Edinburgh lately and I really really want to go there!

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    1. I have saw them too! great place to visit got lots of sites to see!

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  5. Ahh a few of my friends have visited Edinburgh this year and I'm SO jealous! Your pics look amazing and it sounds like you had the best day! :)

    Tania | thearistochats.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! aw its a shame you didn't go as you would of probably really enjoyed it!

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  6. I love Edinburgh, such a sense of history in the city and so many interesting things to do. I love the whole vibe it has - it sounds like you ticked the main attractions off your list :)
    nlmorgan, lifestyle & beauty

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    1. I agree I was shocked how much I did get done mind! however my feet were paying for it the next day - was worth it though definitely go back!

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  7. I visited Edinburgh last year for Christmas and it's so beautiful that time of year. My boyfriend and I visited the castle too but didn't get a chance to visit the zoo. I'm going to surprise him with another trip this year. I hope the zoo will be open around the 21st Dec. Does anybody know if it is? By the way, your pictures are absolutely stunning and thank you for the recommendation of places to visit in Edinburgh! Love, Eloise xxx

    www.eloisery.blospot.co.uk

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    1. Oh really? I'd love to go over Christmas time! Aw if you go have fun its lovely! I couldn't tell you you'd have to look it up! and thank you! xx

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  8. I do love how close we are to so many amazing cities ... especially Edinburgh, York and Leeds!

    We went to Edinburgh for a day trip back in the Summer and it was so lovely.

    Wow I can't believe you got the train at 6:30 am, that's some dedication! Worth it though to pack so much in, you did so well! We didn't make it out to the zoo last time (although I am desperate to go) and we were still running about to get everything done. I seem to remember we were eating cake and then had to run the whole way to the station to make our 5:30 pm train!

    Next time you go make sure you climb up Arthurs Seat, it's the largest of the hills in Holyrood Park and the views are AMAZING!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. I am glad you like Edinburgh too! I would definitely go back again.
      If you go back definitely go to the zoo as its worth seeing! and I know true dedication indeed but glad I did as I wouldn't of got as much done!

      Oh goodness that is what I wanted to do! x

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  9. I love it here! I went years ago but it still stays with me which always says something when it comes to visiting a place.
    xx
    http://lexxiannespoonful.blogspot.com

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    1. aw I agree this is a childhood memory for me as I used to come every summer! x

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    1. I love adventures especially this one! xx

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  11. looks like a wonderful time!

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    1. It really was had such a good time!

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  12. You've done more in a day than I've in a week! I feel very lucky to live here, I imagine I probably walked past you on campus!! It's a nice one :) great photos

    Katy xx

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    1. You might have! its lovely I envy you for living in such a lovely place x

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  13. those penguins are soooo cute! i've never been to edinburgh but it looks amazing! great post

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    1. definitely try and go its a lovely place if you like site seeing x

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  14. I loved my trip to Edinburgh in July so much I'm heading back in November! The Grassmarket area is amazing and I love all the cute little shops like the book shop. I'm not sure if you would have went into it, but the red door gallery is great too! It has loads of products made by local crafters! I hope you spent some time watching the street performers on the royal mile as they are awesome too.
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
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    1. Sounds lovely! I might go back sometime soon and check it out I already want to go back and climb up Alberts mountain thing! x

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  15. Looks like you had a lovely day! Them macarons look delicious & love the necklaces! x

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    1. I ate some and they were amazing! x

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  16. Edinburgh looks so pretty! I can't believe I haven't been to visit yet! :)

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    1. you need to if you like this sort of place!

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