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Where to stay in Edinburgh?This is a blog post that's been on my to-write list for quite some time as it's one of the most popular topics I get asked about. As I live in Edinburgh, I don't have extensive experience with the subject but I hope this can be of some help. A quick note before we dive into the blog, Edinburgh goes through various seasons. For instance, if you're looking for 'cheap' accommodation during August or December, the likelihood of that is very low as those are peak seasons in the capital.

*This is by no means an Ad, collaboration, or partnership, I'm just trying to be helpful and I found it interesting doing a little research on places to stay.

Indulgent
  • The Balmoral 5*
    • Home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and a prominent part of Edinburgh's stunning skyline, the Balmoral is one of the most luxurious places you could stay in Edinburgh.
  • Old Town Chambers & The Edinburgh Grand 5*
    • A relatively new addition to Edinburgh, the Edinburgh grand consists of 50 luxury serviced apartments. Having been inside for a tour, I can vouch for the care taken when renovating this gorgeous building.
  • Witchery by the Castle 5*
    • If you're looking for a luxury boutique hotel with a Gothic twist, look no further, the Witchery is utterly decadent and opulent. You won't have to venture far for dinner either, the Witchery is also known for their restaurant too.

    Won't Blow your Budget
    • Apex Hotels 4*
      • I love supporting the Apex as they started off in Edinburgh in 1996. They now have four hotels dotted around the city, as well across the UK (each with their own unique complimentary ducks - I've collected three so far). Having stayed at the Apex Grassmarket, I couldn't recommend it more. It's modern, central, and I opted for the castle view room which truly has fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle. I've also heard great things about their Waterloo branch which sits right next to Calton Hill.
    • Eden Locke 4*
      • Branded as an Aparthotel, Eden Locke consists of a selection of beautiful modern service apartments hidden within a stunning Georgian building. I had the pleasure of staying here as part of a PR visit and very much enjoyed my stay. Another aspect I like is that they have a coffee shop instead of a traditional lobby.
    • Tigerlily Hotel 4* 
      • Just a few doors down from Eden Locke, you'll find one of Edinburgh's best boutique hotels, Tigerlily. I haven't personally stayed there but I have dined in their restaurant before and enjoyed myself. Within the beautiful Georgian building, you'll find 33 unique and stylish suites and bedrooms.

        Cheap & Cheerful One of the most frequent questions I get asked is "Where can I stay in Edinburgh on a budget?" or "Do you know any good hostels?". I don't really have very much experience so I posted the question on my Instastory and a flurry of lovely humans have replied with their advice and suggestions (massive thank you to you). I've collated the most popular responses and listed them below and a few people suggested checking out sites like Booking.com or LastMinute.com for discounts. Hopefully, if you're looking for somewhere budget-friendly to stay in Edinburgh this could be of some help for you.
        • Castle Rock Hostel
          • Located pretty much next to Edinburgh Castle, Castle Rock Hostel was by far one of the most popular responses I received and I can see why. It has an impressive 4.5/5 review TripAdvisor with reviews stating clean facilities, friendly staff, and great lounge area.
        • Budget Backpackers & Kick Ass Hostels
          • Both Budget Backpackers and Kick Ass Hostels were suggested and since they're sister hostels and both located just off the Grassmarket I thought I'd include both. After a peruse on TripAdvisor, Budget Backpackers has a solid 4/5 review and Kick Ass 4.5/5, both received generally good reviews and praised for their good value.
        • St Christopher's Inn
          •  Practically opposite Edinburgh Waverley Station, St Christopher's Inn is another option. From the little online research I've done, it seems like a great budget option, but ranking 3.5/5 on TripAdvisor it seems to have more mixed reviews than the previous two.
        • West End Hotel
          • The West End Hotel was another recommendation, but despite their name, they offer dormitory-style shared rooms. From photos and reviews, it seems to be a fairly modern interior within a beautiful B-listed Victorian townhouse. Rated 4/5 on TripAdvisor, it seems like another good option.
        • Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
          • This wasn't actually recommended to me on Instagram but I have heard from a few people that it was a good option, so I thought I'd include it too. Located just at the top of Leith Walk, it isn't as central as the rest but still within walking distance of all the main attractions. With a solid 4/5 ranking on TripAdvisor
        • Budget-friendly hotel chains: easyHotel.com, Motel One Edinburgh-Royal & Edinburgh-Princes, Travelodge
        •  University Accommodation
          • Someone suggested a brilliant option if you're visiting Edinburgh during the summer months, staying at university accommodation. This had completely slipped my mind but as a student, I had to move out of my student accommodation after May so they could rent it out to toursists. There are a multitude of student accommodation in Edinburgh like Pollock Halls (from £37 per night)

        Airbnb and Short-Term LettingAlthough this is a pretty controversial topic, Airbnb can be a good option if you're looking for somewhere affordable to stay in Edinburgh. I understand it has its fair share of negatives but I do like the fact that you get a chance to live like a local for a few days and it can often be a cheaper option than booking a hotel room. Another, option is local independent short-term letting companies, like  Dickins Edinburgh and The Edinburgh Address.
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           Best Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh? A Visit to The Colonnades Dear afternoon tea, where do I begin? Those who know me, know my love for the rather indulgent meal. To me, it's the perfect blend of sweet and savoury, perhaps with a dash of nostalgia, as it's become a tradition for my mum and I to go for afternoon tea as a little treat.

          If you've read my Edinburgh bucket list blog post, you'll know that the Colonnades has been top of my list of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Edinburgh for a while but somehow I've just never got around to it. However, I recently had the chance to cross it off my list as Sharon/Mrs Bite from Bite Magazine and I were kindly gifted an afternoon tea as part of a project I'm working on (looking forward to sharing more information soon), and it was simply divine.


          As you can see from the photos I've included, the Colonnades at the Signet Library is an incredibly picturesque location to enjoy afternoon tea. We were seated in a little nook by a large window, and surrounded by beautiful old books. Being a big tea drinker, I always look forward to the part of the afternoon tea where I get to choose which tea will accompany my meal, and to my delight, the Colonnades allow you to choose several teas throughout your meal. Their tea menu consists of over twenty teas, supplied by the Wee Tea Company. Naturally, we had to start off with their exclusive Signet Library blend.

          Once our tea orders were in, we started off our afternoon tea with an amuse-bouche, in this case it was a small portion of soup. Once we were finished, beautiful silver stands were carried out displaying our savoury treats - I've listed their current menu below. Being a vegetarian, my savouries slightly differed but were equally enjoyable. I've included a photo below (veggie version on the left), to show you that just as much care and attention to detail went into the vegetarian version.
            Savouries
            Salmon, smoked haddock & saffron pie
            Moroccan spiced lamb, couscous & tzatziki
            Olive, rosemary & goats curd sable
            Ham hock terrine & piccalilli
            Mushroom & tarragon choux
            Prawn Caesar salad Scottish salami, pesto & fennel baguette
            Egg mayonnaise,tomato chutney & watercress

             
            Now, for the most exciting round, in my opinion, the sweet treats. Both Mrs. Bite and I agreed that this was our favourite round and the most impressive too. There was a lovely combination of traditional sweets like carrot cake, as well as more modern interpretations like the green tea and lemon tart. The last tier, were four (albeit rather small) square scones accompanied by clotted cream and jam. However, after all that we had eaten, I'm not sure we could have managed the scone if they had been any bigger!
              Sweets
              Passion fruit & coconut shot
              Rhubarb & custard macaron
              Green tea & lemon tart
              Carrot cake
              Banoffee delice
              Dark chocolate ‘Alaska’


                Sadly, we both had to dash off so we missed our last round, the elderflower sorbet, but I can imagine it would have just as delightful as the rest of the afternoon tea.

                If you're interested in trying an afternoon tea at the Colonnades at the Signet Library, check out their website for more details. Each afternoon tea is around £38 per person.

                Also, if you haven't heard of Bite Magazine, it's a wonderful free monthly food magazine. Sharon has written up a fantastic review, click here to read it.
                That's all for now, hope everyone's having a delightful weekend x
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                I'm not usually one to make New Year's resolutions but I began this year determined to see more of Scotland. So when an email from Visit Aberdeenshire appeared in my inbox inviting me on a press trip, I was thrilled. Having only briefly visited Aberdeen once when I was young, I was otherwise clueless to what the Granite City had to offer. Thankfully, this trip was a wonderful introduction to the area and has opened my eyes to what Aberdeenshire has to offer, so, here are 8 reasons to visit Aberdeen.

                1. Aberdeen's Street Art Street art might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Aberdeen. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that a recent public art festival 'Nuart Aberdeen' has endeavoured to make art a part of everyday life and encouraged artists to use the city as their canvas, meaning the city centre is bursting full of murals, sculptures, and general street art. We got the chance to spot a few as we wandered around the city centre but I'd love to return to walk the complete route. You can download the Street Art Map here.

                 2. Footdee (referred to as 'Fittie' by locals)One of the highlights of my trip was our visit to the adorable old fishing village, Footdee. Footdee sits at the east end of Aberdeen's harbour and is a pocket of colour in the Granite City. There's so much in this little village's favour, from dolphin spotting to a Michelin Guide restaurant. I recommend a meal at the Silver Darling, followed by dolphin spotting, and a wander Footdee to admire the quirky homes. 

                 3. Home to the Most Castles in the UK Well here's a fact I didn't know before the press trip! With over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins,  Aberdeenshire quite rightly holds the title of 'Scotland's Castle Country.' A few castles to keep an eye out for on your visit are Dunnottar Castle, Craigievar Castle, and Fyvie Castle.

                As part of the trip, we visited the 800 year old Baronial-style, Fyvie Castle. The turreted pink castle may look picture perfect from the outside but as you step inside, like any castle, it's shrouded in mystery and folklore. For a glimpse into Fyvie's history, look up the 'Green Lady of Fyvie Castle', for a rather horrifying tale. The decadent castle is also home to one the largest collections of Raeburn paintings as well as the most expensive artefact owned by the National Trust of Scotland, a Pompeo Batoni portrait of Colonel William Gordon, insured at £22 million!

                Fyvie Castle

                 5. Vibrant Foodie Scene Known for its fresh seafood, whisky distilleries, and legendary Aberdeen Angus, Aberdeenshire has a long-standing link with sublime food and drink. In more recent years the area has also been the birthplace to Deans shortbread and craft beer revolutionaries, Brewdog. So, it should come as no surprise that Aberdeen's restaurant game is pretty high too! As part of the press trip, we visited several places I'd happily recommend such as The Silver Darling, Vovem, and Meldrum House. 

                Vovem
                5. Old Aberdeen & Brig o' Balgownie The cobbled lanes and intriguing architecture of Old Aberdeen was somewhere I had spotted a few times on Instagram, so I was very much looking forward to exploring it for myself. The area is home to the University of Aberdeen which comprises of a mixture of beautiful old buildings such as King's College as well as stunning modern builds like The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

                A short walk through Seaton Park will bring you to Brig o' Balgownie, where you'll find rows of quaint cottages as well as its ancient single Gothic archway bridge, which was rumoured to have been built under the order of Robert the Bruce! We were slightly short on time so rather than walking we drove but I'd love to return to explore more of Old Aberdeen by foot.

                King's College Powis Gates

                Brig o' Balgownie
                6. Quirky Museums I know museums aren't everyone's cup of tea but I personally love them and I think that Aberdeenshire has enough quirky and wonderful museums to intrigue even the few sceptics out there! Starting in the city centre, there's the Maritime Museum which tells the story of Aberdeen's relationship with the sea both past and present, The Tolbooth Museum, and the Aberdeen Art Gallery which is currently closed to undergo under a £30 million refurbishment but is scheduled to open later this year.

                Further out of the city centre, there's the Peterhead Prison Museum - a former Victorian HM Convict Prison - which I was unsure what to expect yet it became one of my personal highlights from the trip. As well allowing you a glimpse into the previous life of the prison it also detailed Scotland's most notorious prison riot which ended with the SAS intervening (the only the SAS have ended a domestic siege!).

                Peterhead Prison Museum

                7. Whisky Distilleries Whisky fans rejoice! Aberdeenshire has its fair share of whisky distilleries, with the majority of them allowing visitors to have a sneak peek at the process, the trickiest part will be choosing which one to visit. We had the pleasure of visiting Glen Garioch Distillery, and were shown around the distillery where we got a glimpse of the whisky being made. At the end of the tour, we sampled a few of their whiskies before heading on our merry way.


                8. Foodstory CafeOn its own, it might be a bit of a stretch to ask you to travel all the way to Aberdeen to visit a cafe but coupled with the compelling reasons listed above, and the fact that I love a coffee shop, I feel justified adding this brilliant cafe! Just before we caught our train back home, we had a couple hours to spare and after hearing various recommendations to visit this cafe we popped in for a cuppa. We were not disappointed.



                I was invited by VisitAberdeenshire to Aberdeen as part of a paid partnership and press trip. All opinions are my own.
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                Happy International Woman's Day! It really doesn't feel like a year since I sat down to write "My Favourite Women-Led Edinburgh Businesses!". It wasn't till this morning that I figured out how, in my small way, I could take part this year. I've decided I'd like to shine a light on a few of my favourite Edinburgh-based artists that I truly admire.
                A quick disclaimer before we begin, there are so many wonderfully talented Edinburgh artists, these are just a few of my personal favourites, so please don't feel left out if I haven't included you!

                International Woman's Day: My Favourite Edinburgh-Based Artists!
                1. Studio EmmaEmma is an amazingly talented Edinburgh-based artist who creates stunning pieces from concrete. Everything from concrete alphabet letters to vessels of all shapes and sizes. I've been a huge fan of Studio Emma's work for a while now but I finally got a chance to meet her last month! As well as being very talented, I can vouch for what a lovely person she is too.
                Photo Credit: Studio Emma
                2. Rachelle W DesignsRachelle creates beautiful, bold patterns which are then transformed into a range of unique home and lifestyle products. I first came across Rachelle at a Christmas fair, and I remember being in awe of her stunning "Scenes of Edinburgh" print (see below). 
                Photo Credit: Rachelle W Designs
                3. Hatti Pattisson Another extremely talented artist, is (fellow Fifer) Hatti Pattisson! She's been creating expressive, emotive land and seascapes for over fifteen years. I don't claim to know much about art but I find her pieces absolutely captivating. Hatti creates everything from original works of art to a range of textiles and lampshades.

                4. Ashley from Behind Bracken Thanks to Life Story for introducing me to this amazing (fairly new) brand! Ashley who created Behind Bracken designs and makes stunning, minimal jewellery and handcrafted objects. She lovingly creates each item in her Edinburgh studio using traditional goldsmithing techniques and embracing the natural imperfections of the handmade.
                Photo Credit: Behind Bracken
                5. Kate George DesignsDespite walking past Kate George's beautiful artwork for years, it was only recently that I found out who was behind the series of beautiful murals in Southside. If you're in the area, be sure to check out her designs on Gifford Park Path, Gibb's Entry, and Haddon's Court.

                That's all for now! I've definitely missed plenty other talented ladies so please do drop me a comment below if you think of any more. Take care and have a blessed week.  
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                I can hardly believe that January has been and gone! The first month brought a flutter of snow, slightly longer days, and a calmness in Edinburgh now that Christmas markets and Hogmanay have passed. Personally, it's been a fairly busy start to the year, a few exciting projects brought me to London and York, and we had to move out our flat for two weeks due to renovations. So, I haven't actually been in Edinburgh too much this month, however, I have still managed to squeeze in a few trips to cafes/restaurants this month. So, without further ado, here's where I ate in Edinburgh (January 2019).
                1. Hyde & Son / 127 George StreetLocated on the west end of George Street, Hyde & Son is technically a part of Eden Locke hotel's reception but you'd never guess it if you just wandered in off the street. Aesthetic was clearly a priority when designing the space, and while it might not be to everyone's preference, I personally love the space. I find it a very calming and relaxing spot to enjoy a bite to eat or a cuppa.


                2. The Principal Charlotte Square "The Garden" / 38 Charlotte SquareAlmost directly across the road you'll find another hotel with a gorgeous cafe. At the heart of The Principal Charlotte Square you'll find a plant lovers' dream. Thanks to the glass ceiling, the enclosed courtyard always feels bright (even on the dreariest of days) and the abundance in plants brings the space to life. I met one of my close friends for a cuppa and we sat for ages just chatting. Another great thing about the cafe is the number of seats, so you never feel like you're being chased out.

                3. Fortuna Coffee Bar / 77 Queen StreetI love trying new places, so when I met up with my friend Claire and Sally (@Scotlandwithfluffywolf) and she mentioned a new dog-friendly cafe, I couldn't wait to try it! Fortuna is located on the west end of Queen Street and is a bright and cheery spot for a bite to eat. Note: Their cheesecake brownie was delicious!


                4. Soderberg / 27 Simpson LoanEver since I tried my first Soderberg cinnamon bun in December, I've been craving another one. So, when I was meeting up with a few friends, I quickly suggested we meet in Soderberg! It did not disappoint, and even as I'm writing this, I'm tempted to pop out for another one.

                5. Ransacked Black Oven / 27-29 Marshall StreetI've walked past Ransacked Black Oven many times and curiosity would build every time I'd pass it. It took a very chilly day and hunger for my friend and I to finally venture in and I'm so sad it's taken me this long to discover what a great place it is! It has amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, plus it would also be a lovely spot for a cuppa. We both had one of their veggie wraps (the fact I don't have a photo shows a) how hungry I was and b) how good it was!). Would highly recommend if you haven't been!

                6. Machina Espresso / 80 Nicholson StreetAs I mentioned, it was very chilly day so our planned wander, turned into going from Ransacked Black Oven to Machina Espresso! We were fortunate enough to get their window seat and we both opted for their warm apple and cinnamon drink - bliss!


                That's all for now, see you next month!
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                Ever since I watched the Bucket List and the scene in New Year's Eve where Zac Efron helps Michelle Pfeiffer accomplish her New Year's resolutions, I've liked the idea of keeping a list of things I particularly want to do. I feel been very blessed to have crossed various amazing Edinburgh off my list but there are still plenty I'd love to do. Also, as you all seemed to enjoy my Edinburgh Bucket List 2018, I thought I'd be fun to post an updated Edinburgh Bucket List 2019!

                I have to admit, I did not do particularly well with crossing everything off my 2018 bucket list, but some is better than none right? Hopefully, in 2019, I'll get the chance to cross a few things off my list that I have never gotten around to.

                My Edinburgh Bucket List 2019 1. Rooftop of St Giles I've been in St Giles several times but I'd love to take their tour of their rooftop - I bet it has stunning views of Old Town! In case you're interested in visiting too, their rooftop tours currently run Saturday 10.30am – 4pm and Sunday 1.30pm – 4pm and cost £6 per person.
                2. Bross Bagels I wouldn't necessarily call myself a foodie but I have heard so many great things about Bross Bagels that I'm desperate to visit soon and try one of their famous Montreal-style bagels! Anyone tried one yet?
                3. Craigmillar Castle Lovingly known as Edinburgh's "other" castle, Craigmillar Castle is roughly a mile outside Edinburgh's old walls. I technically visited Craigmillar Castle years ago, but I only got the chance to walk around the walls as it was closed. Since I live relatively near it at the moment, I thought I better tick this off my list this year!
                4. Gladstone's LandThis is one which I didn't get a chance to cross off last year but I am determined to do it this year - no more excuses! To be fair, I did go one day but they were closed (noticing a pattern? Apparently, I'm not very good at checking opening times). If you're interested in visiting, be sure to book in advance.
                5. The Secret Herb GardenAgain, another one from last year's list but as soon as the warmer weather arrives, I intend to head out to visit the Secret Herb Garden. Located at the foot of the Pentland hills at the edge of Edinburgh lies the Secret Herb Garden set within a magical 7.5 acres bordered by native hedgerows and a gentle stream - plus they have a glasshouse cafe!
                6. The Real Mary Kings CloseI'm finishing the list with another leftover from last year. The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in mysteries and it sounds like something I would love to learn more about.
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                Well, I don't know about you but November passed in a blink of an eye for me! We're officially into December and here in Edinburgh, the city is looking and feeling rather festive. Before I get carried away with the fact that Christmas and the New Year are only a few short weeks away, let's take a look at Where I ate in Edinburgh (December 2018)!

                1. @pizza / 4 Charlotte LaneIs there any better way to start the month off other than with pizza? A friend of mine works nearby so we caught up after she finished work at @pizza. The pizza restaurant has appear in a few of my "What I ate" posts and it should come as no surprise that I went for my usual - sourdough base with pesto sauce, mozzarella, sweetcorn, basil, finished with sun-dried tomatoes. However, as I was in the mood for dessert too, I opted to have half of their Vanilla Sky dessert pizza too. One word: Yum.


                2. Soderberg / 45 Broughton StreetHow has it taken me so long to try a cinnamon bun?! I have my lovely friend Frances (@Francesmehardie) to thank for suggesting we stop into Soderberg during our photo walk for a snack! One bite and I was completely sold. I'll be back soon that's for sure!


                3. Strumpets / 35 William Street If I lived nearer the West End I'd be in Strumpets at least once a week for a cuppa but the one plus side about living on the other side of town is it's always a treat when I do occasionally visit. I visited for lunch and decided to go for their quiche and a cup of tea. Lovely as always.


                4. Coates Cafe / 62 Haymarket TerraceAfter spotting Coates Cafe's beautiful Christmas decorations on Instagram, I knew I had to visit at some point. My lovely mum visited me to help me film parts of my Edinburgh Christmas Market video with Marriott Traveller and after the hustle and bustle of the markets we escaped to Haymarket for lunch at Coates Cafe.


                5. Nobles Cafe Bar & Restaurant / 44 Constitution Street, LeithIt's always fun to visit somewhere new especially when you've heard glowing recommendations from various people! I finally visited Nobles and tried their very impressive vegetarian full breakfast. I'm always slightly sceptical when it comes to vegetarian breakfasts as I'm not a big fan of soy products or Quorn, thankfully my friend had been previously and assured me it was one of the best veggie breakfasts she'd seen. I have to agree, it was great!

                6. Seeds of the Soul / 167 Bruntsfield PlaceOn a drizzly, grey day in Brunstfield, I met up with one of my dear friends for a wander and to look for a few Christmas gifts. We decided to try Seeds of the Soul for lunch as it looked lovely. Half way through eating my cheese toastie, it occurred to me that everything on their menu is vegan and therefore, I was trying vegan cheese for the first time. Odd consistancy but tasted pretty good! The cafe had a lovely ambiance and I'd highly recommend it for both vegans and non-vegans.

                7. Hector's / 47-49 Deanhaugh StreetAfter an adorable festive photo shoot with the cutest Samoyed Sally (@scotlandwithfluffywolf) at Circus Lane, Claire and I were in need of some lunch. We had planned on visiting Patisserie Florentin however they were pretty busy, so we made our way along to the very dog-friendly, Hector's. It was my first time to visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

                8. The Pastry Section / 86 Raeburn PlaceIt's always a good day when The Pastry Section is involved! I usually opt for one of their delightful tarts but since it was the festive season, I decided to try one of their famous mince pies (did you know they made it into the Sunday Post recently?!). It was definitely one of the best mince pies I've had this season and possibly ever!


                9. William & Johnson Coffee Co / 3 Waverley BridgeLast but not least, I caught up with my lovely friend Ildi (@edienthusiast) for a catch up and photo walk. We started off at the City Art Centre for the Robert Bloomfield photography exhibition (which I'd would highly recommend!) and decided we'd visit William & Johnson for lunch. I've been meaning to visit for quite some time and it was just as good as I expected! If you're waiting for a train, I'd highly recommend popping in for a cuppa too!


                That's all for now, see you next month!
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                What to Pack for Edinburgh in WinterIf you’re visiting Edinburgh during winter, be sure to wrap up! It may not be the coldest city in Europe but Edinburgh is infamous for being extremely damp and windy, often making it feel a lot colder than the predicted weather forecast! We also have a famous saying in Scotland, "four seasons in one day" as it's not uncommon for it to be blue skies in the morning, pouring with rain by the afternoon, and clear skies by the evening. So, my biggest tip for visiting, be prepared! To help give you an idea of what to pack, I’ve included all the essentials for what to pack for Edinburgh in winter below!
                Edinburgh Winter Packing List: The Essentials1.Warm ClothesAs the weather is so changeable, I recommend wearing layers! On a day-to-day basis, I usually wear some form of t-shirt/thermal top under a cosy jumper with and jeans (if it's an extra chilly day, I'll also wear tights under my jeans!) or a skirt with thermal tights and a warm water-proof coat.
                • Depending on how long you're visiting for, I'd pack a couple of jumpers ranging from thick cosy polo necks to slightly dressier jumpers if you're going out for a nice dinner or a night at the theatre. A particular favourite of mine at the moment is this Joules jumper adorned with cheerful robins which they kindly gifted to me. 
                • If you want to stay extra cosy, something like Uniqlo's Heattech top is perfect for wearing underneath your jumper. 
                • Feel free to wear any bottoms you prefer, if I were packing I would bring a pair of jeans and a skirt. To keep extra cosy, I often wear Primark's very affordable Super Cosy 300 denier tights which have a fleecy lining under my jeans or with a skirt. I've recently spotted Uniqlo Heattech leggings which I'm tempted to order!
                    • When choosing a practical coat, I always opt for a coat with a hood as Edinburgh can be extremely windy and I've seen many a sad umbrella lying in rubbish bins. If you want to guarantee you'll be warm, I'd opt for a down puffer coat which is wind resistant (I'm still on the lookout for my perfect winter coat). If I were visiting for a week, I'd also bring a “nicer” wool jacket for fair but chilly days, or for an evening out.

                      2. Gloves, a Hat and a ScarfDespite polo neck jumpers being my absolute favourites for winter, like I mentioned previously, the weather can be extremely changeable so it's a good idea to layer up with a warm scarf, hat, and a pair of gloves.

                      3. Comfortable FootwearEdinburgh is known for its cobbled streets and hills, so I would recommend avoiding heels unless you're heading out for the evening in a taxi. Edinburgh's city centre is fairly small and therefore most locals will opt to walk - it's often faster than taking a taxi or bus! Therefore, I'd recommend packing your comfiest pair of shoes, whether that be a pair of trainers or boots.
                      • On rainy days, I've been reaching for my Joules wellibobs. They have a range of colours and patterns, I opted for the adorable dachshunds wellibobs (gifted)! Due to their size, they feel a lot more appropriate to wear around the city on a rainy day than regular wellies. 
                        4. Bag Edinburgh is known for being a fairly safe city, although if you're visiting during August when the Edinburgh Festival is on, be careful as pickpockets are known to be in busy areas like the Royal Mile. Personally, I've never had anything stolen from me but one can never be too careful! Whether you prefer a handbag, a tote bag, or a backpack, my advice would be to go with something versatile (which can be used during the day or evening) and which can fit all your essentials (for me, that would be my camera!). Backpacks are my personal favourite at the moment but if you're planning on visiting museums or art galleries, be aware that you'll most likely have to carry your backpack.

                        Photo Credit: @_paularussell (Instagram)
                          4. Other bits and bobsThere are always a few extra items that I always pack which I thought I might as well include here.
                          • Whenever I travel, my normally combinations skins becomes very dry and the best product I've come across is Weleda's skin food! Living in Scotland means putting up with windy cold weather during the winter and Weleda works wonders on my winter skin. 
                          • Also, I never leave my house without a lip balm. I've tried many over the years and have found two that work for me (the rest either make my lips worse or they feel coated). For daytime, I use Lipmate (SPF 15) and before bed, I use Nuxe's lip balm!
                          • A battery pack! When I travel, I take so many photos and videos so a phone battery pack is a must.
                          I know that my list by no means covers everything and it's written from a girl's perspective, but, I hope if you are planning on visiting Edinburgh and had doubts on what to pack, that this post might be somewhat useful. If you have any tips that I missed out please do leave them in the comments below, I'd love to hear them!
                          Bye for now x



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