Day Trip: Exploring Edinburgh, Scotland

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| Andrea Mason
March 27, 2017
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Castles, thick accents, the LOCH NESS MONSTER! What’s not to love about Scotland?

Its capital, Edinburgh, is world-renowned for its history, architecture, scenery and cultural attractions. Andrea is one of our favorite photographers living in Scotland. Her photo and design works feature a mixture of Scottish landscapes, architecture and nature.

Thinking we might head off on a great Scottish adventure, we asked Andrea to share her favorite spots in Edinburgh.

Dean Village

Sitting along the Water of Leith is one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Dean Village. Here you’ll find a warren of streets and walkways with a unique blend of nature and architecture.

New Town

Despite its name, it’s not actually that new. Built around the 18th Century, it is a fine example of elegant Georgian architecture and quite a contrast to the Old Town. Slap bang in the middle of this area is a cute little coffee shop called Leo’s Beanery where you can enjoy deliciously fresh home baking and quality local produce.

Royal Botanic Garden

Usually referred to by locals as the ‘Botanics’ it’s a little piece of tranquility in the middle of a busy city. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the Botanics, running around collecting pinecones and chasing squirrels. Now a world-renowned scientific center for the study of plants, this is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

Holyrood Park

One of the best free things you can do in Edinburgh is a walk around Holyrood Park. If you climb Salisbury Crags or Arthur’s Seat, you are rewarded with incredible views across the whole of Edinburgh and beyond.