Aspiring Scotland- Edinburgh

We've just returned from a really fun week
exploring Scotland with my in-laws.

Before I forget all the details,
I'm going to show you some of the fun we had 
so you'll have a head start for a fun time
when the time comes for you make it this way.

{Which I recommend doing in April: low season prices & sunshine!}

This hilly city is oozing with character.
Similar to Prague & Oxford for an obscenely romantic skyline,
Edinburgh {pronounced: ed-in-bur-uh} 
has everything you would hope for in a Scottish vacation.

Including a hilltop castle
surrounded by millions of daffodils.

Hang close to the Royal Mile.
At one end of this famous street 
sits the historic Edinburgh Castle.
{Eat in the castle's Red Coat Cafe which offers beautiful views of the city}

From there, stroll down the hilly street
and make a visit to the Queen
at her Scottish palace, Holyroodhouse.

Then take the path out her back yard,
meander through the royal garden,
and head on up to Arthur's Seat,
but please be prepared for a small hike...
as ballet flats and a dress can cause unparalleled marital strain.

is where JK Rowling first scrawled the story of 
Harry Potter.

The food is good and inexpensive,
the waitstaff is friendly,
desserts are delicious, 
and don't forget to check out the Harry Potty.

The restaurant closes at 8 pm, so be ready for an early dinner.

Did I miss anything?

I mean, obviously, these are just the highlights-
but please add in with your favorites things to do/see/eat in Edinburgh!

(... my favorites from stirling & st. andrews are soon to follow....)


  1. Ah I loved your Scottish serenade. Gorgeous photos with perfectly captioned dialogue...looking forward to more! xo

  2. What a great post! I used to live in Edinburgh and miss it so, thanks for reminding me of my home away from home!

  3. I need to get my booty to Scotland. If I keep reading your blog I'm gonna have a full passport in no time.

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  4. Oh my gosh! I was wondering if you visited St. Andrews! :D
    I definitely want to travel there one day, the only question is, where don't I want to travel!?
    The pictures are lovely, and I know so many people who would LOVE that toilet seat!

  5. Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities in the world! It just holds so much definitely covered the highlights!

  6. Aww that daffodil hilltop is gorgeous. We always wanted to go to Edinburgh before we left but ran out of time and moved. I think we'll try to go in the fall!

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  7. Lauren, I'm headed there in may! Thanks for covering all the spots - I will definitely take your advice. I can't wait to eat at the red coat cafe. and see my homeland! as well as buy my maiden names plaid ... (:

    You and our husband are adorable!!

    My father in law always tells me how traveling like we are (you and your husband, me and mine) is such an amazing investment in our marriage. It truly is! We will be so happy we did this.


  8. No joke, I was just looking at Edinburgh for my travels this summer. Do you mind if I email you and pick your brain? I am itching to go so bad!

  9. Ahhhh I simply love Edinburgh! Poss of one of fave cities in the UK!

  10. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your adventures this morning! I would love to go to Edinburgh! Those views are amazing. How cool to think of J.K. Rowling sitting in there scribbling what was to become such a major craze! xo

  11. What a lovely post! I spent New Year's (er, Hogmanay) in Edinburgh and fell in love with the city. I recommend a quick bus trip to the lovely Victorian seaside resort of Portobello, too! Just 20 minutes on the bus to get there. Also, Leith is very cool-- hip, funky, GREAT food!

  12. Thank you Lauren! Your blog has been ridiculously helpful for planning our trip to Scotland/Ireland/London next summer!

  13. Thank you Lauren! Your blog is wonderful and has been unbelievably helpful in planning our family trip to Scotland (Ireland and London too!)


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