One of my favourite places to spend a day is Our Dynamic Earth, beside the Scottish Parliament at the bottom of the Royal Mile. This newly refurbished attraction vividly tells the tale of the planet’s long history, and is a brilliant place to explore for both young and old.
You can’t walk down the Royal Mile without spotting the formidable silhouette of St Giles Cathedral, which sits grandly near the Castle end of the High Street. With its beautiful architecture and breathtaking interior, it’s a great place to explore both inside and out, regardless of your religion.
Now, I might be biased, but I think that Edinburgh has one of the best public transport systems in the world. I’ve got a driving licence, but after living in Edinburgh for nearly 8 years, I’ve never felt the need to get a car. With the Edinburgh bus system, you can get where you need to be fairly quickly and at relatively low cost.
However, I can understand that the system might be intimidating to newcomers or visitors, so I’ll try and give you the lowdown on what you need to know to bus around the city with ease!
Waverley Station is the main train hub of Edinburgh. Every day, thousands of passengers including commuters, tourists, shoppers and day-trippers come through this nerve centre.
Waverley literally connects Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and beyond. Regular trains run to Glasgow every 15 minutes, and you can get over the water to Fife every 10 minutes or so. East Coast, CrossCountry and Virgin also run regular services to destinations down south such as London, York and even as far as Penzance.
Ever since Noodle N Ice opened a couple of months ago, I have wanted to give it a punt. There seems to be a wee spring of new restaurants opening up in South Bridge at the moment, but this one in particular looked promising. Ever since it opened its doors I have seen a steady stream of punters munching away at delicious looking food through its window, so I thought it was high time I got in on the action.
Ideally located at the back of Waverley Station you’ll find The Fruitmarket Gallery, which is a small hub that includes a cafe, bookshop and an exhibition space which showcases the best work by artists from Scotland and beyond.