EdinburghI’m playing catch up so this weekend break was several months ago when we headed to Edinburgh for a book tour stop at the Life & Style festival.

I didn’t get around to sharing my husband Peter’s breathtaking photos at the time as I was on the road going from city to city but I had to document the glorious downtime we enjoyed together in between the event in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

It had been years since I’d visited the Capital-I was a kid in fact so it was all kinds of special to visit again, this time with my own little brood.

We stayed near the picturesque Cowgate which was a ten minute walk into the centre and Edinburgh Castle which we didn’t get to look around but we certainly gawped at from the street.

I became besotted with the backstreets in particular which were bursting with character and etched in history, with a promise of adventure aka shopping in this case, at the bottom of the stairs!

back streets in Edinburgh

As a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is understandably tourist-heavy with visitors ticking off their historical site bucket-lists spanning Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Old and New Towns on day trips and short stays. Famous for creative festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe is now the world’s largest performing arts festival, and the Film, and International Book Festival are all prestigious dates for the diary so make a note.

Simply walking along the central streets on a weekend is entertainment enough though with street performers and a street market my husband had to literally peel me away from! I’m a magpie when it comes to jewels!

Edinburgh city centre

The kids’ highlight was an epic bubble-fest we found ourselves in that made for the prettiest of pictures. We did reimburse the entertainment of course and loved how child-friendly everything was in the city.

Close by were Princes and George Street where I hit my high street faves for my clothes fix, and I treated myself to the new iPhone X from John Lewis as a publishing/push present for giving birth to my book Mumboss. Very apt my pressie was a tech one!

I scoffed vegan food at mostly Italian restaurants in the city (Check out La Locanda Edinburgh) as well as vegan sushi at YO! Sushi. I would have liked to explore more plant-based places but we were on a schedule so opted for what was quick and easy.

…The West Princes Street Gardens are a must-visit by the way and we were lucky enough to catch spring flowers in bloom while we were there as you can see below. Just look at those vivid tulips and blossom trees in the distance.

There was also an awesome playground plus adjacent ice cream shop which thrilled the kids and meant Peter and I could catch some rays while they played.

Precious memories in a super city.

We were sad to wave Edinburgh goodbye.

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19 Responses

  1. ken Miller

    It looks very green and I always love figuring out food before moving to any country. You gave me a good idea thank you

  2. Lorna @ Gin & Lemonade

    My husband is from Edinburgh, our daughter was born there and we plan on moving back soon. We are going back for a week this month, but our photos won’t be as good as these, ha!
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  3. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Fantastic photos of Edinburgh and your boys! Me and hubby went there pre-children (must be good 10 years now) for one of our many weekend city breaks back then (these were times lol) and absolutely loved it. I keep saying that we must go back with the kids and one of these days we will. xx
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  4. Addy Brown

    Edinburgh Castle is the place to ignite children’s fantasies about the days of old. Its museums may be less interesting for little kids, but the setting will certainly inspire, as will the castle dungeons.

  5. Mummy here and there

    Edinburgh is such a gorgeous place to visit especially when the sun cones out. I love all those bubbles, looks like a lot of fun for kids X #brilliantblogposts

  6. Eb Gargano

    I LOVE Edinburgh! We went there last year for May Half Term and I just fell in love with the city. It kinda has all the good bits about being a capital city, but none of the bad bits. We had so much fun exploring all the touristy bits (Britannia was our favourite), eating in some great restaurants, learning loads of Scottish history (we went on every single tour bus as we had a free pass!!) and we also got to do a bit of family history too as my husband’s much loved nanna grew up just outside Edinburgh so we went to try and find her old family house. Such great city! So glad you guys had a fab time there too – your gorgeous pics have brought back so many happy memories for me! Eb x
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh wow, what a trip, you should blog it if you haven’t already. Ours was a quick stop on my book tour so we must return and spend longer. So lovely to went looking for your husband’s nana’s old house. What a trip xx

  7. Martina

    It looks like you all had a great time! The photos are great especially those dreamy bubble ones! #brillblogposts

  8. Tanya

    I visited Edinburgh a couple of years ago on business; I didn’t get much ‘tourist’ time and I’ve been dying to return since then.

  9. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    What a stunning set of photos Vicki, your husband has talent! My husband and I went many years ago, but the weather was absolutely terrible and we really couldn’t get the best out of it. I think it’s time we tried again..! xx

  10. Chloe

    Hi, this is on my wish list of places to visit yet somehow we still haven’t been. Fantastic photos and the bubble fest looks great for all ages #brillblogposts

  11. Emerald

    Indeed I have. I was born in Edinburgh and now live an hour away in Glasgow. It’s a wonderful city, but it can get too busy for me during festival time. Amazing architecture, art and shops.

    Next time you visit check out Henderson’s for vegetarian/vegan food. There are a couple of branches in the city. And South Queensferry is a lovely place to see. It’s outside Edinburgh on the Fifth of Forth. Great photo opportunities! X
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  12. Jodie

    These photos make me want to jump on a plane and visit now!!
    What a wonderful trip!


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