I was really impressed by the beautiful architecture, the dramatic backdrop of the castle, and all the Harry Potter info in Edinburgh, but I definitely would not recommend anyone to visit in the winter or late winter unless there are a lot of winter clothes involved. It was a very cold stay, and my shoes were wet most of the time. Cold and damp weather is normal in Edinburgh, and I was not prepared. Even after all of the extra clothes I had to buy in London because of cooler temperatures there, it was still not enough. I wore my North Face rain jacket AND my wool coat AND about 5-6 layers involving at times 2 or more sweaters. Step 1. try to plan your wardrobe better than I did and Step 2. get out and see it all no matter the weather!
We started by taking another Sandeman’s NewEurope tour. It was really good, as usual. The city is spectacularly beautiful even when cold and/or rainy.
We also hiked up to see the Dugald Stewart Monument, the Nelson Monument, the National Monument of Scotland and checked out the Scott Monument. I liked the hike for the great views of the city and because hiking is awesome! You can also walk up to the top of the Scott Monument, but I didn’t end up going up. And, bagpipes!
We did another hike up to Arthurs Seat, which had a pretty good incline. Need to do more hiking!
Lastly, I went to check out their parliament building, which was interesting to see since there is a referendum vote in September on whether or not to seek independence from the UK. Here’s a short summary of what’s going on there. The new parliament building was opened in 2009. It was interesting to see where the lawmakers debate and make policies and to get a glimpse of their process.
It was a really nice stay in Edinburgh. If anything, I got a little more down time to read and write than I normally would without nice weather.
By the way, everyone should read I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. It. is. amazing. inspiring. empowering. Go!