Andrea’s Edinburgh Adventure!

Hi there!

I’ve been staying for the last couple of weeks in Tealing, Angus with Carole Smith and her family and I’ve had a lovely time. I visited Edinburgh yesterday and would recommend other students go there. I had a wonderful day!

Here is my review of Edinburgh – in case you’re interested.

Sited just on the banks of river Forth, overlooking the North Sea and surrounded by green hills,  Edinburgh brings together what any European capital should have – shops, cafes, bars, parks, … – plus nature and wilderness just a few minutes away from the city centre: the hill known as Arthur’s Seat.

But the most recognisable landmark is Edinburgh Castle, a symbol of Scotland and the city. Located in the medieval Old Town, up the Royal Mile, reigning silently over Edinburgh, the Castle is the most visited site. You might get cold feet when you find yourself in a never-ending queue to buy the entry tickets, but it’s well-worth the wait. There’s a whole town inside the Castle as it was a military castle so take your time, walk around and watch out for the one o’clock cannon shot.

Besides the Castle there are other must-see sites: the Palace of Holyroodhouse, all the way down the Royal Mile; the innovative Scottish Parliament, just across the street; the National Museum of Scotland and a wide range of other museums as the National Gallery of Scotland.

The best time to go is August. Not only is it because it lowers the chances of rain but also because it takes place one of the world’s largest cultural festivals. Edinburgh International Festival provides first-class entertainment, a mix between theatre and music. At the same time the Fringe is also held. Small drama companies or student companies fill the streets with music, laughter and shows from all over the world. With so much going on, Edinburgh is the place to be.

Overall, Edinburgh is a unique city where there’s lots to do and see. The scenery is splendid, people are friendly and you won’t ever forget it.

Enjoy! Andrea