Edinburgh is the place I call home for the time being. It is a lovely student and travel location. It is a place that I have a love-and-hate relationship with as I associate it with both studying and entertainment.
I first visited Edinburgh way back in 1997, and did the usual touristy routine. However, I was quite young and the main memory that stuck with me was the castle, which to me at least, I will have to admit, seemed much more interesting to me at the time. Little did I know, I would be visiting again just a little over 10 years later and end up studying there the following year.
Growing up in a relatively small college town back in the States, which has some brilliant landmarks such as Monticello, I have to say that even some of the most mundane buildings have stunning architecture. Some notable landmarks are Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, St. Andrew Square, Arthur’s Seat, and the Crags.
Make sure to capture the scenic views from on top of the Crags, Arthur’s Seat, and Calton Hill as they are great vantage points to see the whole city.
I always make sure to enjoy the nightlife! So check out George Street for clubs such as Opal Lounge, Lulu, Why not, or the many other bars and clubs on Cowgate.
There are tons of gardens and parks, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hollyrood Park and the Meadows Park. There is even a nearby beach, Portobello Beach. I am sure I have missed loads of places as Edinburgh is huge and I still have yet to explore it all. I hope to continue to find new places around the ’burgh and I recommend visiting Edinburgh to anyone! Feel free to ask questions if you are planning to come to Edinburgh, and bring a camera!