It’s currently the 7th November and I can’t quite believe I’m writing a guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas. How we are in the eleventh month of the year is a complete mystery and the thought of Christmas shopping season being upon us so soon is both exciting and mind blowing. This aside, Christmas in Edinburgh is really quite magical and one of my favourite times of the year. If you’re planning a winter break, then Edinburgh is a great choice and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.
When we were planning our seven day trip away to Lisbon, we were mindful of experiencing as much of the city as possible, as well as taking some days to relax at the beach. After doing a bit of research we decided on Cascais – a gorgeous beach village with the best ice-cream shop and so much character, from the cobbled streets to the clean, compact beaches (you can read about our day trip to Cascais here) and Costa da Caparica.
The Isle of Arran in Scotland, is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and is often referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’. From rock-scattered beaches, scenic coastal roads, picturesque woodland paths and gorgeous rural landscapes, this Isle is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Iona is a small island off the southwest coast of Mull, Scotland. It’s home to around 120 permanent residents and is perhaps best known for its Abbey. The white sands, well-kept beaches and natural beauty, makes Iona a popular spot for visitors from around Scotland and beyond.
If you don’t mind crowds of people, getting bashed by the odd selfie stick and moving at a speed of an elderly tortoise (in the Old Town at least) then it’s definitely worth battling the Royal Mile to get a taste of what’s on this Festival season. It is virtually impossible to walk down the Royal Mile without being handed a flyer for the best comedy, performance or show – it’s actually a great way of discovering a show you might not have been aware was on. The Edinburgh Fringe has a great website but with so much on it can be a little overwhelming to navigate. Even the app returns hundreds of results!
Staffa, which comes from the Old Norse for stave or pillar island, is an island in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland. It’s a small, uninhabited island, home to a colony of puffins and famous for its unique basalt columns and Fingals Cave. It can sometimes be quite difficult to land on the island due to the swell but luckily we picked a great day for an exploration to this gorgeous island!
Moving to Edinburgh has been one of the scariest, most exciting and most terrifying things I’ve ever done in my life. Not only have I uprooted myself from my lovely family in Surrey but I’ve also left behind a really big support network of friends and colleagues. More than that, I’ve left behind the familiarity of places- the places I feel safe, secure and loved. I’ve lived in Surrey for my entire life, I learned how to ride my bike there, had my first kiss there and grew from a toddler to a teenager to an adult there. Surrey has been my home since as long as I remember so moving not only counties, but actual countries has been a massive move for me.