Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival, featuring thousands of artists, performers, actors and comedians from around the world. But for me, Fringe was just another excuse to go back to Edinburgh this year.

Edinburgh Edinburgh EdinburghIf I had only three words to describe Edinburgh, I’d pick charming, beautiful and historic. There is so much to see and do in this lovely city, but the best part of going back for a second visit is that you’ve already checked off all the touristy items. Continue reading

24 hours in Glasgow

Edinburgh usually steals the Scottish spotlight, but Glasgow gives it a run for its money. With an overwhelming number of museums and galleries, there is ton to feed your artistic, as well as, touristy appetite. Speaking of appetite, Glasgow is also home to some amazing restaurants, including Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian Glasgow branch.

Glasgow tour busYou can spend days exploring the Glaswegian galleries (and years fully trying to understand their accent), but if you have limited time, here is my list of top to-dos in Glasgow.

In order to successfully explore most of Glasgow in one (or two) days, I recommend the Glasgow City Sightseeing bus tour. One ticket is valid for two days and this hop-on-hop-off bus makes a stop at all major attractions that I am going to mention in the remainder of the post. On a side note, traveling in winter has its advantages because when I took the tour, I had the whole top floor of the bus to myself.

Start your day bright (let’s be honest… it’s Scotland. It will be raining) and early to maximize on the daylight hours. You can get on the bus from any of the 24 of stops, but George Square is where the tour officially begins. One of the first stops is the Glasgow Cathedral. Get off your bus and admire this stunning Cathedral’s exterior and interior, before hiking up a small hill to the Glasgow Necropolis. The Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery on a small hill overlooking the city. The magnificient tombstones lend an eerie feel to this place, but it’s also impressive at the same time.

Glasgow Cathedral

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Edinburgh’s Magical Mile

I’ll be honest: Scotland has never been high on my bucket list. So, when I went to visit this month, I was blown away by the natural beauty, stunning architecture and the lively spirit of all the cities I visited. Edinburgh was the highlight of my Scottish adventure, and my favourite day in this city was spent discovering a new surprise at every step on the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh

The Royal Mile connects the Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand make up this touristy part of Old Town which runs for one Scots mile (that’s about 1.81 kilometres).

Edinburgh Castle view

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