Whenever someone asks, “how are you liking Edinburgh?” I usually ramble on about how beautiful the city is, and how I can’t believe I live here, and how amazing it is until eventually their eyes start to glaze over and I can see they’ve begun to regret asking me the question in the first place. I’m sorry, random bank employee at TSB, but you asked…
One thing I love about Edinburgh (aside from the fact that it’s so ridiculously pretty, of course) is how it constantly surprises me.
Take a stroll along the Water of Leith and you’ll stumble into a hidden village, seemingly frozen in time. Walk up Advocate’s Close and you’ll find a beautiful view of the Scott Monument in the distance. Turn down a nondescript lane off the Royal Mile and you might end up in Dunbar’s Close Garden, a tranquil garden hidden in plain sight along one of the busiest areas in the city.
Since Edinburgh is so photogenic, I thought I’d highlight a few of my favourite spots in the city via my Instagram photos.
One of my favourite views of the castle is from The Vennel – an alleyway just off the Grassmarket.
Walking up Advocate’s Close from Cockburn Street to the Royal Mile offers this sneaky view of the Scott Monument.
I love this view of New College – the campus is so beautiful it makes me slightly jealous of the students who are lucky enough to study here.
As touristy and crowded as it can be at times, I still enjoy strolling along the Royal Mile.
Victoria Street is one of my favourite streets in the city – I love the pop of colour from the brightly painted shop and cafes.
Circus Lane is, quite possibly, the prettiest street in the city.
I never thought I’d find myself willingly choosing to spend time in a cemetery, but Greyfriars Kirkyard is so pretty.
Edinburgh isn’t overly crowded by any means, but I love that I can escape to Princes Street Gardens anytime I need a little serenity.
Walking into Dean Village is like stepping back into different century. Historically, it was a grain-milling hamlet for more than 800 years, and now it’s a tranquil residential area nestled along the Water of Leith.
I don’t think I’ll ever step foot in that water, but Portobello Beach is a charming seaside suburb, and a lovely place for a stroll along the promenade on a sunny day.
You can slip away from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile if you follow Lady Stair’s Close to Makars’ Court – it’s also where The Writers’ Museum is located.