24 Hours in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is one of my favourite places in the UK. I fell in love with the city around 10 years ago on my first visit. It’s such a beautiful mix of old and new architecture, history, art and just about everything else you can think of.

So when my partner mentioned he was thinking of heading up north to do a track day with his car, I was super excited at the prospect of visiting Edinburgh again. Although it was a very brief visit and a very long drive up there and back, it was worth it to explore the city with Chris.

photography of the scots monument in edinburgh, taken from underneath looking up at the structure.
Scots Monument

We heading up on the Friday and after the 8/9 long hour drive we crashed immediately at the AirBnb we were staying at in Leith. We have friends who live here so it’s the perfect place to see friends but with easy access to the city centre for adventures.

photo looking down victoria street in edinburgh with all the different colours shop fronts
Victoria Street

Early on Saturday morning we headed into Edinburgh city centre and made a little visit to Scots Monument. We wanted to walk around the park here but they were setting up for Bonfire night, so unfortunately it was all cut off. We decided to head to Victoria Street which is a cute little road near the castle with lots of independent shops along it. I had a good browse in The Boy Wizard shop looking at all the Harry Potter merch and the Joke Shop a little further down the street. At the bottom of this road we came across the GrassMarket market, where we bought a few little vegan treats to enjoy later in the day.

photo taken of the hanging sign to the 'the boy wizard' shop looking at it from below with the buildings in the background
The Boy Wizard Shop, Victoria Street
store front of the boy wizard shop with lots of harry potter themed merch in the window
The Boy Wizard Shop, Victoria Street
image of 3 pieces of baked goods including brownies with nuts scattered on top in a brown cardboard box
Yummy vegan baked goods

The market had a great view of the castle so we decided after munching on some vegan cookies, to head up and take some photo’s of the castle. I’ve never actually been inside of the castle but there are some really nice views of the city and Arthur’s seat from the courtyard outside of it.

photo of edinburgh castle from a street below looking up at the castle
Edinburgh Castle

We strolled back down the Royal Mile to grab a bus back to Leith for lunch with friends, just in time to see the 1pm canon get fired from the Castle which was pretty cool! We had lunch with friends and dropped off all of our baked goods at the Airbnb before heading back into town to visit the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions museum. We’d both been here before but it was fun last time so wanted to re-visit, we decided to try later in the day to avoid too many tourist. It was still super busy but we had fun and took some fun photos before resting our feet in a cafe.

image of a girl stood infront a screen with different coloured reflections in the camera obscura and world of illusion museum
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions fun

We then met up with some other friends for drinks and dinner before heading home and relaxing. It had been a long day! Sunday morning we were up bright and early to head off to Knockhill race track where we spent a chunk of the day racing around the race track. It was my first time on track with Chris and I was pretty nervous about it, but it turned out to be quite fun. I’m definitely up for joining him on another track day in the future. Hopefully the weather might be abit nicer for the next one.

image of a man and a woman sat in a car with helmets on ready to drive out on a race car track
Knockhill Race Track

After that we spent the evening driving all the way back home and concluding our short weekend in Edinburgh. I really want to go back again sometime next year and visit a Harry Potter bar called The Cauldron, walk up Arthur’s seat when the weather is nicer and potentially visit the Dynamic Earth museum again.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

What’s your favourite thing to do in the City? Have you done all of the touristy bits before ? or have any secret little spots you love that you’d like to recommend? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
If you want to keep up to date on all the travel adventures I get up to (which is alot!) then head over to my Instagram for lots of live stories and cool photography!

Tarnya xox

If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy other travel posts including My Travel Plans for 2019 or Long Leat Safari Park Photo Diary.

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