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Edinburgh (Day 1) / Travel Diary

Edinburgh Christmas lights

I mentioned in my New Purchases Show & Tell December 2016 that me and David were heading to Edinburgh just before Christmas.  Instead of spending a lot on each other presents wise, we thought it would better to treat ourselves to going away instead.

Day 1 in Edinburgh

Arriving in Edinburgh we were braced for the biting cold, but were both surprised to find it was actually quite mild!

We stayed at Cairns Hotel on Windsor Street, which was a great location and just a short walk away from the busy shopping hub on Princes Street.  (The Christmas market was near here too!)

1780 restaurant Edinburgh

As we arrived late afternoon and it was getting dark already (at 4pm!), we wandered around to get our bearings and, of course, something to eat!

Princes Street is the retail hotspot of Edinburgh, but there are some pubs in the streets running parallel behind it.  As this was Sunday and a lot of places were proper ramo (haha love that phrase), we settled on a pub restaurant called 1780 on Rose Street.

1780 restaurant Edinburgh

It was a really cosy pub, which was dimly lit in some corners by candles.  Very atmospheric for December in Edinburgh!  We both had a starters and a main because we were really hungry!

Although we both had ‘foodie’ type starters, we both went for typical pub grub mains! David went for burger and chips, whereas I had the classic fish and chips.  I don’t know what it is about fish and chips that always seem to taste better up north?  The batter just melts in your mouth.  Seriously.

On the way back to our hotel we stopped off at The Conan Doyle for a drink. One of the things I was most excited about going to Edinburgh was the whisky; I love whisky and of course Scotland is famous for it!

So it was in here I decided to try a different Scottish whisky every day I was in Scotland.  (Bit of a weird mission, but why not?)

There was a whisky list to choose from in the pub – which we’d find in almost every pub we went into in Edinburgh!  So I tried Lugavulin, a smokey whisky with a bit of a spicy aftertaste.


I drank it straight – yep, I know disgusting to some – with just one ice cube. If it was mixed with coke how else would I be able to taste it?  Anyway, David hates whisky so said he would not be joining me on my whisky tasting mission!

Back at the hotel we chilled out, planned what we were doing the next day and watched The Apprentice final.

 Day 2:

The next day we went to Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle!  Read the next blog post here or watch my Edinburgh vlog, which is up on my YouTube channel now.

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