Two weeks in! And my first full day in Edinburgh.
To be honest, I really wasn’t feeling Edinburgh to begin with. Coming from picturesque Amsterdam, I was struck by how dirty it is and by the homelessness… Old Town, while incredibly beautiful, is terribly touristy. There are more Americans here than Scots! I was also a bit overwhelmed I think, because I hadn’t spent as much time researching Edinburgh as I had the highlands…
But over breakfast this morning, I mapped out a plan, and as the day unfolded I fell more and more in love with this place.
I started with Edinburgh Castle. I wandered up along Royal Mile, moseying down a few alleys along the way. I spent a few hours at Edinburgh Castle, leaving after the one o’clock gun fire. It was fascinating – the history!
The afternoon is when things really turned a corner… I went back to my B&B to change, and set out to hike up to Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park – the highest point in Edinburgh, formed from the remains of a volcano.
The walk was a little rocky, but stunning… (Side note: On the way up, an attractive Italian man stopped and smiled at me. In true Jess fashion, I smiled back, took two steps and fell over! Urgh. Honestly… I made a quick recovery and scrambled up the mountain as quickly as I could. Luckily no cameras were harmed in the making of this awkward flirtation!!)
When I reached the top, I suddenly remembered why I had decided to come to Scotland. The SCENERY!! It was breathtaking. I took a moment to take it all in, then proceeded to take photos of unsuspecting tourists… Because landscapes without people in them are kinda boring, right?!
I’m so excited to hit the highlands for 10 more days of this.