TRAVEL ISSUES: SCOTLAND PART I (EDINBURGH)

Scotland is an extremely beautiful place to visit. It combines cities with the characteristic victorian architecture, traditional food and green outdours with farmers and picturesque villages!

Text: Iria Katritsi

Recently, I visited Scotland and specifically Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. I am totally amazed by this “so european” and so different civillization and culture. That is why I think it is obligatory to create a city guide for all those who aim to visit these places and if they do not have that kind of goals it is about time to set them! In this guide, I include “must” places to eat and visit!! Enjoy!

Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh has the air of the cosmopolitan city. Every street inspires you and creates the need to take a photo in order to capture the moment.

The Edinburgh Castle

The castle has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland it is Edinburgh’s most frequently visited visitor attraction—according to the Edinburgh Visitor Survey, more than 70% of leisure visitors to Edinburgh visited the castle.

 

 

Elephant House

The birthplace of Harry Potter! The elephant house is a must- see and have a coffee place in Edinburgh. It is the place, where J.K. Rowling was inspired and wrote the mythical Harry Potter books while she was watching outside the window the Greyfriars Kirkyard.

 

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and is the official residence of HM The Queen in Scotland. The earliest parts of the building date from the late 15th century and the Palace was gradually extended over the years. Enjoying a magnificent setting next to Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, Holyroodhouse has provided the stage for many important historical events in Scotland’s past.

 

 

Calton Hill

Formed by violent colvanic activity 340 million years ago and gouged by glaciers during the Ice Age, Calton Hill has a long and fascinating  history. In 1724 the Town Council of Edinburgh purchased Calton Hill, establishing it as one of Britain’s first public parks. Today Calton Hill is part of The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The views from the top over the city are spectacular and worth the climbing you have to achieve in order to be rewarded by the view!

 

The Dome

You have to visit The Dome at least for a glass of sauvignon wine! I promise it will be love at first sight. I got impressed from the imperial entrance, the interior design and the kind service. The locals were asking for english breakfast tea, while others had dinner, but one picture is worth 1000 words.