On the night of August 5, 2016 around 7 in the evening, we went to the Manchester Oxford Road station and boarded a train going to Edinburgh Waverley station. After more or less 4 hours, we arrived at our destination, we took a cab and went on to look for our Airbnb and call it a night. IT WAS FREEZING!
We started our day at around 10 in the morning of August 6th. After finishing our morning ritual, we head out to explore the city. Fringe Festival was ongoing so the city was quite lively during our stay. Our land lady told us that there were fireworks every night!
Because of the festival, everywhere we look, tourists and street performers abound! Locals and tourists were enjoying the sights and sounds. Tour groups are also quite common.
The Deli Global
After tiring ourselves out walking around, we went in this place and had brunch. I had the Serkan’s special (4.80) and I really liked it!
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle was 16 pounds when we went there. It is said that it rests upon an extinct volcano. I imagined myself living there during the time of queens and kings. It was surreal! On touring the castle, you may join a group tour accompanied by a guide that explains in detail the castle’s history or you may opt to just wander about on your own. Historic Scotland maintains a number of facilities within the castle, including two cafés/restaurants, several shops, and numerous historical displays. An educational centre in the Queen Anne Building runs events for schools and educational groups, and employs re-enactors in costume and with period weaponry.
The Elephant House
After touring Edinburgh castle, we decided to grab a quick bite at the Elephant House a.k.a. Harry Potter’s birth place. According to the Elephant cafe’s website, the cafe was “Made famous as the place of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle.” More about the Elephant House on a separate blog post!
The view from the back room of the coffee shop. The same view J.K. Rowling might be staring at when she wrote the Harry Potter series. On the left is a cemetery called the Greyfriars Kirkyard and a little on the right is the Edinburgh Castle.
After our snack at the Elephant House, we went around the city again with no specific direction to head on to. We just wandered around to where our feet will take us and let the city surprise us. It did not disappoint. We were pretty distracted with the sights and sound that we lost the group of the free ghost tour that we were supposed to join.
He was a Skye Terrier who became known in the 19th century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died on Jan 14, 1872. Bobby is like the Hachiko of Scotland.
The city itself has a rustic charm that will hold a special place in your heart. Surprisingly, this is the best city in the entire UK that I was able to visit. Hopefully I can go back again someday. 🙂