Your guide to Some of the Best Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods

With its historic architecture, cobbled streets and Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline, the Scottish capital is a beautiful hub of art and creativity, that’s brimming with neighbourhoods that each have a unique atmosphere.

You can stop by Newhaven – a fishing village west of Leith, founded in the 1400s or visit Bruntsfield where James IV gathered the Scottish army he marched to its defeat at Flodden in 1513. Or perhaps, you’d be interested in venturing towards Tollcross & West End where Edinburgh’s theatre district and conference centre are located in the area west of the castle.

Yet somehow, most visitors are guilty of spending too much time wandering the cobbled streets and narrow closes of the Old Town and rarely venturing beyond the famous Royal Mile.  But when you take the time to explore some of the city’s lesser-known neighbourhoods you get to see a mix of what Edinburgh has to offer and really get a sense of the city.

Edinburgh is divided into twelve very unique neighbourhood areas, each with its own special charm. During the three years, we lived in the city, we slowly combed through all of them, and I can confidently say that some of Edinburgh’s most noteworthy stays, sights and experiences are found off the main tourist trail.

It’s impossible to see everything that Edinburgh has to offer in one trip and we don’t suggest you try. What follows is a selective taste of some of the city’s most amazing neighbourhoods, some of which appear to be only a few streets and many that can be folded into the broader areas of Old and New Towns, worth exploring.

Victoria Street in the Old Town has to be one of the most photographed locations in the city.

Leith – a modern hub of creativity with a rich maritime heritage

Located about 2.5 miles from Old Town, Leith is Edinburgh’s historic port that sits at the mouth of the Water of Leith and dates to the 12th century.

Leith is one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, with a dining scene that includes 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and with plenty of shops selling vinyl records and antiques.

You can learn about the town’s past as a maritime centre by visiting museums such as the Trinity House Maritime Museum.

The Royal Yacht Britannia museum, a floating royal residence that carried Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family around the world for over 40 years, is the most famous landmark in Leith. Next to the museum, you’ll find Ocean Terminal, a large leisure outlet that was built on the former industrial docklands with shops, restaurants, a cinema and play areas for the kids.

Top sights to see around Leith:

  • Visit Pitt market set in an old industrial yard with food and music
  • Experience the cutting edge contemporary art at the costume house
  • Sample existing new craft ales at Leith’s microbreweries
  • Stroll along the Waters of Leith walkway

Getting there | Just past Carlton Hill, head down Elm Row, and the street eventually changes to Leith Walk from where you can walk to the Shore. The walk takes around 40 minutes each way. You can hitch a bus on the 12, 16, or 22 bus to Ocean Drive near the Royal Yacht Britannia.

The once industrial centre imports valuable goods into Scotland.

Edinburgh’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s full of historic buildings

Home to some of the most popular tourist attractions as well as plenty of ghosts hunted pubs, cafes, museums that tell the story of Edinburgh’s residents through the years and many souvenir shops, Edinburgh’s Old Town is the oldest part of the city and also one of the busiest tourist centres in Edinburgh.

Upon arriving, you’ll notice that the structure of Edinburgh’s Old Town is quite fascinating due to the land that it is built on; it lies on what’s known as a ‘crag and tail’ formation, with an extinct volcano at the top on which you’ll find Edinburgh Castle.

The Royal Mile, also known as the High Street is the main street treading throuth the old town with tall buildings and narrow alleyways which are the remnants of vast overcrowding in the past, running off on both sides.

The Old Town can get rather busy, particularly during the festivals, but due to its medieval street plan, there are plenty of places to take a break from the crowds. That’s why it pays off to know where to go if you need a quiet moment. That’s why places like Dunbars Close and Lady Stair’s Close are perfect for the weary visitor needing a moment to sit down and rest.

Top sights to see around Old Town:

  • The Advocates Close – one of Edinburgh’s oldest closes believed to date from 1544. Positioned opposite At Giles Cathedral, this photogenic alley plunges down from the Royal Mile to Cockburn Street
  • St. Gile’s Cathedral – a notable church with stunning architecture to marvel at
  • Edinburgh Castle –  the symbol of Edinburgh that affords a glimpse into the city’s past
  • Writers Museum – home to rare objects from Scotland’s literary history

Getting there | North Bridge is well served by Lothian Buses. Buses 1, 8, 19, 35 and 37 are just some of the buses that stop there.

Ramsey Garden, Edinburgh

Stockbridge –  a village-like suburb with an array of outdoor landmarks

Located a step away from the city centre, Stockbridge is a lovely suburb characterised by its rows of elegant Victorian and Georgian terraces and often ranks among Edinburgh’s best places to live.

In the past, the village housed mills of various kinds and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today. The most striking building in the Dean Village is Well Court, recently restored with support from Edinburgh World Heritage.

Top sights to see around Stockbridge:

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art and is home to fantastic sculpture parks.

  • Swing by the magnificent variety of charity shops, antique dealers, award-winning bookstores and art galleries
  • Wander around Royal Botanic Gardens which exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants from all climatic zones
  • Stop by Stockbridge Sunday Market to pick u freshly baked goodies and organic produce
  • Walk, hike or bike along the famous River Walk

Getting there | You can find Stockbridge just a few minutes from Princes Street to the north of the New Town

Read more: Your Essential Guide to Planning the Best Edinburgh Holiday in Scotland

An oasis of calm in the city, Dean Village is the most amazing little village with lovely old and historic buildings.

New Town – an urban masterpiece full of neo-classical icons

Edinburgh’s New Town, where the imposing Gothic needle looms over Princes Street Gardens, is a mixture of classical architecture, grand squares and terraces, gardens and secluded lanes. There are plenty of hidden gems to uncover that lie around the grand Georgian setting of the New Town.

It was built between 1766 and 1820, and you’ll see right away that the architecture here is mostly Georgian neoclassical, with much influence taken from the buildings of Ancient Greece. The houses are elegant, and the streets are wide, and lined with chic cocktail bars and designer shops offering a very different look and feel to the Old Town.

Charlotte Square, designed by the architect Robert Adam in 1791, is regarded as an architectural masterpiece worth visiting and is the tranquil St Andrew Square Garden that hosts a number of events throughout the year such as Film Fest in the City.

Top sights to see around New Town:

  • Watch musical or big-name stand-up comedians at the Edinburgh Playhouse
  • Go for retail therapy on Princes Street and Gorge street
  • Take in the views from the Calton Hill

Getting there | Princes Street and George Street are well served by Lothian Buses, with services from across the city stopping here. 

Read more: A Beginner’s Guide to Edinburgh: The Best Attractions in the City

 The Scott Monument is one of the most iconic Edinburgh landmarks.

Grassmarket – a historic marketplace with a notorious past

Take a walk down Victoria Street to the Grassmarket, with its steep winding incline and tall buildings, and you’ll quickly realise why.

Back in  1477, the Grassmarket was one of the most predominant marketplaces in Edinburgh, but today, it is a prime spot for restaurants, shops, hotels and bars, including the famously hunted White Hart Inn – the oldest pub in Edinburgh.

It is nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic old town, behind the castle, are therefore provides fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle.

The darker side of the Grassmarket, and perhaps what it is most famous for, are the public executions which took place here from 1660 to 1784.  This was also the site where, between 1661 and 1668, over 100 Covenanters were put to death during a period of conflict between the Kirk and the Crown.

Top things to see around Grassmarket:

  • Browse the stalls at Grassmarket Market that’s open every Saturday all year round 10am to 5pm.
  • Cat lovers should go to Edinburgh’s only cat cafe, Maison de Moggy, where you can enjoy tea, coffee and cake whilst surrounded by furry friends.
  • Walk down Victoria Street to Grassmarket and admire the colourful buildings
  • Take in the stunning views of Edinburgh Castle from the Vennel
  • Stop by  one of the smallest pubs in Grassmarket theMaggie Dickson’s Pub and learn the story of Maggie Dickson

Getting there | Lothian Buses 23 and 27 stop within easy walking distance of the area’s main attractions. 

Edinburgh Castle as seen from the historic Vennel steps in Grassmarket

North Queensferry – a little gem of a village in a unique location

Just a few minute’s train ride from Edinburgh Waverley Station is one of the most quaint neighbours that sit in the shadow of the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge – North Queensferry.

Upon arrival at the North Queensferry Victorian Railway Station which has stood the test of time, you’ll be greeted by a large mural on the Northbound side commemorating the station’s hundred years of use in 1990 and be able to see the beginning of the iconic Forth Bridge.

There isn’t much to see and do per see but given the ability to see three iconic bridges – UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge, its younger neighbour the Forth Road Bridge, and the newest addition, the Queensferry Crossing – it makes for a great half-day trip.

Top things to see around North Queensferry:

  • Climb the world’s smallest working Queensferry Light Tower to enjoy a unique view of the Forth Bridge
  • Take a walk along the popular Fife Coastal Path to the nature reserve at Carlingnose Point to watch wildlife
  • Visit Deep Sea World and find out what life is like at the bottom of the sea.

Getting there | ScotRail runs a regular service from Edinburgh Waverly to Dalmeny, which takes approximately 20 minutes. It is then a 15-minute walk into the town centre.

The world’s first major steel structure, the Forth Bridge can be seen up close when visiting North Queensferry.

How to get to Edinburgh

Fly into Edinburgh airport which has direct flights from many destinations in Europe, some from the Middle East and select cities in the U.S. like Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York.

The airport is located approximately 8 miles away from the city centre and only has one terminal. Once you arrive, you can either rent a car at the airport or take a taxi or Uber into town which only takes about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

Parking in the city is sparse, so I’d recommend just grabbing a cab or Uber to save yourself the hassle.

You can also travel by tram or Airlink (service 100) express bus. the route to and from the airport runs 24 hours a day every 10 minutes approximately.

Beautiful rooftop views from the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.

When to go to Edinburgh

Deciding when to visit Edinburgh all depends on what you’re looking to get out of your visit. We travelled in the middle of November when the average maximum daytime temperature lies around 9 C and when you hardly see any sun, yet we ended up having a great time.

Most people don’t tend to visit Edinburgh during this period since it is known as a chilly and rainy month, but if you visit in November, always bring warm clothes, an umbrella and warm hats and gloves.

If you’re more into warmer weather, wait until the summer months to visit, but expect more competition on hotels, room rates and dinner reservations so be ready to plan ahead!

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is a luxury hotel with unobstructed views of Edinburgh Castle.

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69 thoughts on “Your guide to Some of the Best Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods

    1. I hope you get to visit Edinburgh one day. It is a popular destination thanks to its effortless amalgamation of historic architecture and modern culture! Home to the largest Fringe festival in the world, as well as a major New Year’s celebration known as Hogmanay, there are plenty of great events throughout the year alongside the permanent attractions. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 Edinburgh is a photographer’s dream. Whether it be capturing the excitement of its bustling festivals or finding that perfect vantage point to see the sunset – there are plenty of beautiful places around Scotland‘s gorgeous capital to visit 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva xx

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    1. I am glad to hear you are familiar with Edinburgh. Thanks for sharing a link to your wonderful articles, I am a little jealous to see that you had a chance to attend graduation in McEwan Hall! It’s one of the places I haven’t had a chance to see for myself, I can only imagine how beautiful the interior must be after the hall was reopened in 2017 following a painstaking 3-year, multi-million-pound refurbishment.
      Hopefully, one day. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thank you kindly 🙂 there is more to Edinburgh than just the Fringe festival. You can head east of the city and make the short walk up Arthur’s Seat, an 823ft-high dormant volcano, to take in views of Scotland’s capital and you won’t need to question why it’s been voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Hi Pit, I am glad to hear you had a great time in Edinburgh. I spent most of my time just walking around and it was great. The city has so much to offer in food/shops/museums and the people are very friendly. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  1. I’m definitely guilty of trying to rush to see everything when I’m traveling and need to do a better job of just slowing down. I like the idea of exploring some of the lesser known neighbourhoods and taking an adventure off the beaten path. That’s the best way to really get a feel for a place and the people. Thanks for sharing. Linda

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    1. Hi Linda 🙂 There is so much to see and do and not enough time. For a small city, Edinburgh packs a lot in and even with five full days devoted to exploring it, a lot of things were left for the next visit as we simply hadn’t time. As we had our little one on the trip, we had no option but to slow down and slowly savour each day. I used to be a person who packs in as many activities and actions into his vacations as possible and therefore returned from trips stressed out, exhausted and needing another vacation to recover. Nowadays I stick to making a simple, stark itinerary and I tend to spend more time exploring fewer places. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  2. As always Aiva, great overview of all the things to see and do in Edinburgh. I love this city, as it is my heritage. I need to come back and spend more time there. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday. Allan

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    1. Thanks so much, Allan 🙂 I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of exploring Edinburgh! It is such a fabulous city, perfect for a weekend break with lots to do. This was our first trip back to the Scottish capital as a family of three, which made it even more special and memorable! Thanks for reading and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Edinburgh is a wonderful place to visit, spoilt for choice in restaurants, museums and pubs. Great shopping too. It is also a city that is very easy to get around on foot and does an excellent job in catering for the tourist. Would recommend a visit to the castle and even though I am not really into royal stuff a visit to Britannia too. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  3. A lovely review of Edinburgh’s neighbourhood’s Aiva. As you are probably already aware I adore Edinburgh and all its parts. I particularly love Stockbridge and also enjoy a wander around Morningside with its independent shoos and cosy cafes. Marion xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Marion 🙂 I am glad you love Edinburgh as much as I do 🙂 I find it to be a laid back, approachable and friendly city. It still has the iconic black cabs, double-decker buses and occasional red telephone boxes but with far less of a ‘big city’ rush about it. The centre is walkable (but public transport links are excellent), filled with stunning architecture and brimming with history. Plus if you live in London, you can zoom between King’s Cross and Waverley Stations in just over 4hours! What’s not to love. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you kindly! Have you ever visited a city and simply fallen in love? For me, it was visiting Edinburgh,
      wandering around its cobbled streets and being in awe of Scottish vernacular architecture that made me fall under its spell 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Leighton 🙂 The streets of Edinburgh famously teem with history, but they are also alive with a rich and diverse cultural identity that is always evolving, constantly unravelling and forever surprising even its most seasoned inhabitants. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  4. Have to say I’ve done most of those things in my wanderings, Aiva. I hadn’t especially classified them into areas. I especially like Leith and the Water of Leith walk, but Edinburgh has so many treasures.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo 🙂 while the city is perhaps at its best in August, when artists, actors and musicians arrive for the annual Fringe festival, we nevertheless had a fun time exploring it in November! I love Leith too, it’s where we lived for two years and I was glad to see that over the last decade Leith has become a vibrant hub for artisans and entrepreneurs alike. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you kindly 🙂 I love Edinburgh, it’s a beautiful mix of cobbled streets, narrow courtyards and medieval architecture, Edinburgh is known for its captivating art and culture scene and thriving nightlife. I was delighted to be back once more 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  5. Such a great guide to some of the lesser known spots. I’ll bookmark this for future travel. I visited as a child but have very few memories of Edinburgh. Thanks for sharing all of these great suggestions. Maggie

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    1. Thanks so much, Maggie 🙂 There are plenty of attractions to be visited in Scotland, and there’s no better city for a weekend of culture and excitement than Edinburgh. You’ll always find a warm and friendly welcome and a hot drink at a moment’s notice, and you will never run out of options for things to keep you busy. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you kindly, Glenys 🙂 Edinburgh is Scotland’s largest and most populous city, with almost half a million people calling it home. There are a wealth of activities, sights and cultural experiences, and many excellent places to eat and drink that I barely know where to start. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 Edinburgh is truly a world city with a huge range of attractions to appeal to any discerning holidaymakers. Among many other accolades, its old town and new town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  6. I’ve only visited the Old Town of Edinburgh during my brief, two-night stay there in 2015. It was a rushed trip, but I managed to see the Royal Mile, visit the Museum of Childhood, and try haggis and whiskey! I’d love to return to check out more and branch out to other parts of town– I have a pretty eye on Leith, in particular!

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    1. Hi Rebecca 🙂 There are enough attractions in Edinburgh to keep you busy for a lifetime, so you can’t possibly cover them in a single trip even if you stay for an extended period of time. I am glad to hear you were brave enough to try haggis – it is very good, delicious actually, especially when cooked as authentically as possible yet many visitors shy away from it. As far as I know, it was illegal to import haggis into the US from the UK due to a ban on food containing sheep lung, but I am not too sure if it still is that way. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day ) Aiva xx

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  7. Thank you for this great travel guide to Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. We spent two wonderful nights in Edinburgh in May, 2019. We spent all of our time on the Royal Mile which was an easy walk from our hotel. We toured Edinburgh Castle, stopped in a few pubs, and sampled some whiskey. I wish we had been able to spend more time there.

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    1. I am glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is perhaps Scotland’s most famous city, and with good reason. A city that is steeped in history and yet vibrant, diverse and modern, Edinburgh is a place that blends past, present and future making it one of the most interesting cities to visit in the United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  8. This is a wonderful read, I’ve been lucky to have visited Edinburgh a few times but I was still a little surprised that I’ve actually ventured in to some of these neighbourhoods. Definitely makes me want to return and explore some more though, maybe I’ll get up there later in the year 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Jason. One of the best things about Edinburgh is that each neighbourhood has its own personality. No matter what mood you are in there’s an area to suit it. And not just in the city centre, either. There are pockets of greenery, places of history, sweet boutiques, and lovely streets all across the city. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  9. It’s so fun to read this post now that I have been to a few of these locations! I feel like once you see the Royal Mile once then you don’t need to see it again, so I’m glad to have all these other suggestions to check out next time I’m there.

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

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    1. I know what you mean, Grace, it is always interesting to read a travel post and see photos from a place, city or attraction you’ve been to yourself. I hope your time in Scotland is fulfilling! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. You should definitely give AirBnB a try when exploring Europe. It’s a great platform to book travel accommodations tailored to your specific wants and needs. It is many times even cheaper than popular hotels! Personally, I’ve never had a bad experience. The biggest benefit of staying at an Airbnb is the amount of space. You can rent an entire house to yourself! It’s much more enjoyable to hang out in a dedicated living room than on the bed you’ll be sleeping on in a hotel room. Just remember, pictures can be deceiving. If a listing on Airbnb only has 2 or 3 pictures, this is a red flag. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  10. We did a whirlwind day there twice (a couple of decades apart) so have only done the usual highlights and hit the Harry Potter sites this last time as I’m a huge fan. There never seems to be enough time to really delve into any city as a tourist. I think you have to go back regularly to really get into the nooks and crannies. Bernie

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    1. I agree with you, Bernie, there never seems to be enough time to really delve into any city as a tourist, and that’s why I love to return. Because, if you think about it, once we’ve been somewhere, does it get crossed off the list? Most people would say yes, but I don’t think it should be. I admit I myself have hesitated every time I’ve returned to old travel destinations, Edinburgh including. I wonder whether it’s a waste of time – shouldn’t I instead be adding to the list of places that I’ve seen? But every time I do make a return visit, I not only connect more deeply with the place I’m in, but I also learn more about myself. As Nelson Mandela once said, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered”. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  11. Scotland does seem like a nice destination.
    Any problem with the accent? 😉
    (How do you feel with what’s happening in Ukrain? Do you still have family in Latvia?)
    (Or maybe you don’t want to talk about it?)
    🙏🏻

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    1. Scotland indeed is a lovely destination! The Scottish accent is a fun one and after a while, I’ve managed to get a hang of it!

      Putin’s war is a nightmare for the Ukrainian people, for Russia and pretty much for the rest of the world. I am glad to see that the war has gone surprisingly badly for the Kremlin as it didn’t get the politics of Ukraine right. It didn’t expect the Ukrainians to fight, didn’t expect the Ukrainians to support their government, didn’t expect Zelenskyy to become the hero that he’s become. But we all know that in war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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      1. One gets used to accents after a while. The “Airish” accent is also peculiar…
        As for this madness of a war… The Ukrainians are amazing. Something Camus wrote during the war (the previous one): “The Spirit can nothing against the Sword. But the Spirit armed with a sword will always defeat the sword alone.” More or less, I don’t have the exact text at hand. But still. A great thought.
        Have a nice week-end Aiva. 🙏🏻🤗

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    1. I hope you get to visit one day, Rebecca. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and very easy to get around. There is the Royal Mile tourist area and the Princess St shopping area which seem to merge nicely. From the Edinburgh Castle sitting up above the city to the Botanical Gardens in the middle of a gorgeous residential area, this is a very beautiful and peaceful city to explore. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  12. Aiva, those are some fantastic shots of Edinburgh – you should sell them to the tourist authority! Teddy used to take me to North Queensferry in his grandpa’s car to see the bridge. Great and informative post, as always. K x

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    1. Thanks so much for such a lovely comment and compliments. Valters is the man behind the camera, and I am so glad he doesn’t mind staying up late and getting up early in order to get the best shots! I’ve seen the bridge many times while living in Edinburgh, yet was still in awe of its shape and sheer size when we visited back in November. No wonder it is still regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular feats of engineering. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day 🙂 Aiva xx

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      1. Valters is an excellent photography. My husband sells some of his shots on Getty Images.
        I have seen the bridge in every season and it can look foreboding or fantastic depending on the light.

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 If you like London, we’re sure you will love Edinburgh! We find it to be a much more laid back, approachable and friendly town. It still has the iconic black cabs, double-decker buses and occasional red telephone boxes but with far less of a ‘big city’ rush about it. The centre is walkable (but public transport links are excellent), filled with stunning architecture and brimming with history. Plus you can now zoom between King’s Cross and Waverley Stations in just over 4hours! What’s not to love. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Edinburgh’s got a creative spirit, vibrant nightlife, and charm to spare. One of the most gorgeous cities in all of the United Kingdom, this hilly Scottish capital boasts impeccable views and a unique mix of modern and historic architecture. Have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you kindly 🙂 With its striking architecture, cute village-like neighbourhoods and castle on a hill, Edinburgh is a canvas for your camera. Jam-packed with Harry Potteresque avenues, it’s not difficult to find the most beautiful places in Edinburgh once you set foot in it 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks so much! Edinburgh is a large city and as such there are lots of things to see and lots of walking to do. A full day in this beautiful city will go by quickly and it will leave you wanting an extra day to explore it. In Edinburgh, I’ve learned to love taking night photos – cities just sparkle and come alive once the sun goes down. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  13. I have been to Edinburgh indeed, just once, but enough to fall in love with the city AND the country! I will definitely love to go again, and this post has amazing advice on what to do beyond the Royal Mile ☺️ thank you so much for sharing Aiva, have a lovely week!

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    1. Hi, Nic, it’s so nice to hear from you, I hope all is well. I hope you get a chance to go back to Edinburgh to explore more of its wonderful sights. You can easily catch a train from London to Edinburgh Waverley and savour the views along the way. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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      1. It is indeed easy to get from London to Edinburgh – still, it is an expensive trips, as unfortuantely, traveling within the UK, is often more expensive that catchign a flight aboard! But… perhaps this Summer 🙂

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        1. I know what you mean, Nic! It’s much cheaper for the three of us to fly to Portugal for two weeks than to spend a summer holiday in Ireland. We have a regional airport near Sligo and it’s faster and cheaper for me to fly to Edinburgh than it is to go to Dublin by train to see my sister and her family! Have a good day xx

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