It takes just over four hours on a fast train from London to arrive in the heart of Edinburgh, making the city perfect for a weekend break. The historic alleyways and traditional architecture amidst the contemporary buzz of culture-seekers and fascinating locals are a wonderful combination. Earlier this year I visited the Scottish capital, which is easily one of my favourite cities, and despite only having two days here, I ensured I made the most of it…
As it was my second time in Edinburgh, I wasted no time and promptly began exploring. First I headed to the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, which believe me - is not just for children! It is filled with tricks, illusions and plenty of hands-on experiences, as well as the fascinating history of the Camera Obscura itself, the world's first version CCTV, created in the Victorian times. You can then enjoy panoramic views of the city from the tower's rooftop terrace. Dare I say it - this ended up being the highlight of my trip, that and the delicious slabs of homemade fudge bought at Fudge Kitchen whilst walking down the Royal Mile afterwards…
I then headed just outside the city hub to where HMY Britannia is permanently docked. The royal yacht belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, but serviced the whole monarchy until she was decommissioned in the nineties. It was exciting to walk around the royal residence, knowing the Queen had walked the very same corridors. After a superb tour, we headed over to Forth Bridge, just to marvel at the iconic structure, which has become one of the country's symbols.
On my second day I pitched up in an independent cafe, which served me one of the best coffees I've had in years. Here I met a renowned photographer and after three rounds of cappuccinos, we came up with an incredible bespoke photography experience, which I know will go down a treat with clients in the upcoming season. Also during my stay, I met the loveliest personal shopper, who offers a wonderfully engaging service that we can arrange for clients, ideal for that special occasion, such as a wedding or prom outfit.
To continue on the coffee trail, I switched cafes and met a remarkable individual, who inspired me with a variety of new unpublished experiences - ideal for those clients who want to try their hand at something new. All of these meetings promise lots of exciting new experiences we can arrange in Edinburgh in the future, so watch this space!
Challenging at the best of times to pick a restaurant in a capital city, Edinburgh boasts hundreds of great quality restaurants, whether you're looking for locally sourced beef used to make the perfect burger or concierge-recommended Thai options. It is fair to say I ate like a queen over the course of my weekend in this city.
Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the best weekend getaways in the UK, and a fantastic base to then continue north up to the Highlands or down towards the Lake District and York.