Edinburgh & J.K Rowling

We arrived to Edinburgh expecting the freezing cold northern weather, however it was a pleasant 19 degrees and the sun was shining. We arrived to our Airbnb place which was located in a really trendy/young/artsy area called Bruntsfield (it reminded us of Newtown). We went to a supermarket to pick up a few goods plus we had to try some Scottish beer, we selected Tennents 4 cans for 4GBP- BARGAIN! We got back to our Airbnb and we offered our hosts a drink, they said oh yeah we don’t actually drink that stuff… so I guess we purchased the VB of Scotland! Oh well, it was delish & would happily purchase again.

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Our second day we went to explore the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle- it is quite pricey but well worth it. Check out the photos below.

ROYAL MILE

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EDINBURGH CASTLE

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After the castle we went for a stroll along the Royal Mile stopping in to the tourists shops where Dylan found his Murray clan Tartan & a history book about his family – mainly the feuds & battles they had with other Scots, lol!

Being a HUGE Harry Potter nerd/fan/lover/dreamer/wizard & witch we went to the Elephant Cafe where J.K Rowling wrote the first 6 books of the HP series <3 Jess was nerding out a little too much here! She had a cuppa, sat where J.K Rowling sat & had a biccy. Would really recommend a visit to the bathrooms – you will just have to go to see why 🙂

THE ELEPHANT CAFE (WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA)

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We then walked around the corner to the famous Greyfriars Graveyard where J.K Rowling found the inspiration to name one of the main characters after- Tom Riddle! You can visit his graveyard- yes some fool spelt Voldemort wrong!

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Afterwards we decided the weather was so pleasant so we purchased our favourite Scottish beer & hit The Meadows – a really awesome park where all the Uni students hang out & catch some sun (when it shines).

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Hollyrood Palace- the Queens Summer Scottish Residence- really worth a visit!
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The Royal Gardens where Her Majesty hosts her Summer Garden Parties in- just beautiful!

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Our third day we awoke to pouring rain & decided to have a “me day” so we both did what we felt like doing, I went to a yoga class & Dylan went for a run along up to Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano in the centre of Edinburgh. We then caught up with our friend Josh for a few sneaky whiskey shots at a local pub. All in all we Loved Edinburgh & could quite happily take a trip back!

Arthur’s Seat in the background

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GENERAL SHOTS

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