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A weekend in beautiful Edinburgh with the kids πŸ’™

October 23, 2016

When I think of Scotland I think of rugged landscapes and rolling hills. Dark grey clouds, shades of green, red & brown. I have always been mystified by all that Scotland is.

I have been lucky enough to visit Edinburgh before with my parents when I was a teenager, but I was very excited to take the trip with my boys. So this past half term we decided to do just that!

The trip –

There is something nostalgic and romantic about train journeying. It’s old school, it’s calming and so much more fun for kids than getting on a plane.

Our journey started in London’s Kings Cross and took 4 and a half hours to Edinburgh’s Waverly Train Station. The train stopped at several stops along the way but looking out of the window at the breathtaking landscapes was so wonderful. Entering Scotland we saw how the fantastic waves of the North Sea lashed the coast, the landscape became more rugged, almost wilder.

Arriving at Edinburgh Waverly was just so easy, we were in the centre of Edinburgh – land of William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

Where we stayed –

The Radisson Blu Edinburgh is where we stayed. A fantastic hotel for families. We were lucky enough to be in the ‘family suite’ – one of the largest rooms I have ever stayed in with my boys. There was a double bed and two singles all in one room! In one corner of the spacious space there was a train mat with a wooden train set and trains played out with a chalk easel and even a selection of board games for the kids to enjoy.

My boys were in heaven. Kids toiletries were supplied as were very yummy canapΓ©s for us all to enjoy on arrival. The perfect set up for anyone with kids.

Located right near the Royal Mile the hotel was walking distance to all major attractions.

What we did –

Firstly we wanted to get a good grasp of this beautiful city so decided to hop on a double decker tour bus of the city. Conveniently the stop was right outside our hotel. A family ticket was Β£36 for the four of us. With Sandra our guide and Stewart at the wheel we had a wonderful 1 hour tour of all that Edinburgh has to offer.

The boys loved sitting on the top deck and looking at the amazing buildings, the green parks and learning all about Edinburgh’s main attraction – a majestic castle sitting high above the city on volcanic rock aged 3500million years old. What more could any Knight loving boy ask for. A fairytale come to life.

Edinburgh Castle –

Visiting Edinburgh Castle has got to be done! I have visited several castles in England and around the world, but this one is truly breathtaking. It was a 10minute walk from our hotel, and we skipped the queues by buying our tickets online in advance.

The guided audio tour was good for the adults but the kids got a bit bored of all the details after a while, so probably best to just purchase one and then explain the important bits to the kids.

The boys loved looking out over Edinburgh from high above, the prisons were very interesting and they loved seeing all the armour and uniforms.

I love reading historic books and so seeing the actual place Mary Queen of Scots lived was extremely interesting for me. Definitely worth a visit!

The National Museum of Scotland –

On one of the days we were there it rained quite heavily, and the National Museum of Scotland was our saviour. The museum itself looks quite small from the outside but inside it is a vast space filled with several floors of artefacts covering all subjects from space to animals, from fashion to technology. My boys were kept happily busy for a few hours, and in that time the rain had thankfully stopped.

Places to eat & drink –

You will never go hungry in Edinburgh. You have the convenience of all the well known brand coffee shops at several locations around town, and we also loved the local boutique coffee shops which served fantastic coffees and cakes.

All in all a great trip with or without kids.

My darling husband and I are already planning a trip back without the little ones. I cannot wait to dine at The Witchery.




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