We caught a 6am train from Glasgow and arrived at Edinburgh Waverly just after 7am. Nothing was open for breakfast yet, so we did some strolling before eating and then grabbing a hop on hop off bus. With only one day in the city, we figured it would be a useful tool to get us to the places we wanted to see a little more quickly.
Our first stop of the morning was Edinburgh Castle. We arrived just after it opened so we hoped to be there for a while before the crowds got too heavy. We lucked out and were able to enjoy our visit to the castle without feeling too overwhelmed by people.
Heading back down the Royal Mile after our visit to the Castle
We left the castle and went out in search of some lunch. We ended up back in the New Town area, and asked a lady waiting for a bus if she had a place she would recommend. She mentioned Pep & Fodder around the corner and we are so glad she did. The sandwiches were fantastic and there was a constant stream of locals popping in to grab a sandwich to go. Great find!
After wrapping up lunch we walked up the street to Calton Hill. The clouds were really starting to clear up at this point, making it a beautiful time to explore and take in the views of the city and Arthur's Seat.
The National Monument. Absolutely huge and beautiful structure.
Checking out Arthur's Seat from Calton Hill. After seeing it from this vantage point we decided it would be our next stop.
Waiting on the bus to head back towards Arthur's Seat. We could've walked but decided to reserve our energy for the hike up the hill. The large building with the clock tower above is the Balmoral Hotel - where J.K Rowling wrote the final Harry Potter novel.
Standing on Arthur's Seat
The views were incredible on this day. We both agree that these will be the photos we will blow up for our dining room (our next project at home).
St. Giles in the Old Town
We loved just walking around and of course drinking beer
We got some lovely sunsets as we headed from the Old Town back into the New Town for dinner
We enjoyed a simple dinner at a pub, and lingered over our drinks before we caught our train at 9:30 to head back to Glasgow. It was such a perfect day in the city, and we both agree that one day we will have to return to Edinburgh.