So you have a vacation, and you want to go to Scotland. Great! Get ready for a unique experience. Glasgow and Edinburgh are two of the largest cities in the region, and both have their attractions. Between the two, I was drawn toward the latter, because of my affection for castles.
First things first, where to stay. If you are short on time, and want to meet interesting people who could introduce you to the best spots in town, try the Light House hostel. Walking distance to the center of town, and with a few minutes more, you are standing beneath Edinburgh castle. One of the greatest things I liked about this hostel is the people. It’s locally owned, not a corporate chain. The full kitchen on the 2nd floor lets you cook your own meals, and each night within the common room you will find a new event each night to enjoy with other travelers.
Night has fallen, you’re looking for a good pub, and the castle hasn’t gotten your attention? The hostel has the best recommendations for any given night, but I found myself exploring on my own, then later with others I met along the way.
During the day, Arthur’s seat is a must if you are not afraid for a mild hike on the outskirts of the city. The panoramic views are the best way to see the city. It was cloudy, and dared to rain on my visit, so I never tried.
It was Christmas season when I visited, and the Christmas market was full of carnival games and rides, a full maze of seasonal trees with decorations for the occasion. Of course, you can also find candy, chocolate, festive clothes, gifts and souvenirs for yourself and your family back home.
Grab your camera, you won’t want to miss Edinburgh!