If you haven't read this post yet then SPOILER ALERT, I am a little bit in love with Scotland. I left a piece of my heart there when I first visited in 2013 and since then I've made the journey a further four times. Last week the boyfriend and I headed to Glasgow to see The View (yes I know again) and instead of going straight home we decided to spend the day in Edinburgh and re-visit the city where our Scottish love affair began.
Luckily for us, Storm Doris hadn't started raging yet so Edinburgh greeted us with blue skies and a blaze of sunshine. Don't be fooled by the photos though, it was bloody freezing with a bitter wind but at least it wasn't pouring down - Every cloud I guess.
We only had a few hours in Edinburgh as we wanted to be home before dark so we decided to head to the castle. We tried to go there in 2013 but the boyfriend (being the gent that he is) allowed a couple of girls to enter before we did and lo and behold, the door was shut in our face as it was last entry. That's what you get for being nice pfft.
Anyway, second time around we made it. We paid our £16.50 entrance fee and spent a couple of hours having a nosy around the castle before buying some pin badges in the gift shop (we collect them dontcha know).
The castle itself isn't exactly a castle so I was a bit confused. Most of it actually looks quite modern and rather than one big crumbling ruin, there are loads of smaller buildings (like the chapel, the war memorial and the national war museum) that make up 'the castle', all surrounded by various defence systems and walls.
It's still pretty cool though and it's definitely worth the visit - especially in August when the Military Tattoo is on (or so says my Scottish colleague anyways).
After our brief visit to the castle we headed to The Ensign Ewart, a pub just down the road from the castle (despite the parking ticket on the car running out in half an hour - rebels!). We treated ourself to some bacon, brie and tomato chutney sandwiches and the boyf said that it was the best sandwich he has ever eaten and that I have to mention it so yeah, happy now Jodes?
With full tummies we walked/ran back to the car and the Gods must have been looking down on us (or feeling sorry for us knowing that we had a four hour journey ahead of us) as we didn't have a parking ticket. I felt a little bit sad leaving Edinburgh for a second time but no doubt I will be back again.
Even though it was only a fleeting visit, I still really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent in Edinburgh. It's such a beautiful city with so much to offer and I implore you to go if you haven't already been...And if you've already been, go again!