Edinburgh, Scotland: a compact, hilly capital that’s known for its medieval history and neoclassical buildings.
And I recently spent some time there for the second time.
If you’ve never been to the city before, you’re probably wondering: is Edinburgh worth visiting?
Well, let me tell you right now that the short answer is yes. Read on for the long answer.
1. It Has a Great Atmosphere
Firstly, not only does Edinburgh look pretty with an abundance of old stone buildings, park greenery and (of course) the castle perched on its mound overlooking the city, but it also feels… Well, alive.
What I mean by that is there are people everywhere, much like London, from all corners of the globe. It’s such a touristy place but it differs from London City Centre in the sense that it doesn’t feel too overcrowded.
It’s hard to explain unless you’ve been there yourself, but there’s just a really good vibe about it!
2. There’s Lots to Do
There’s so much to do and see in Edinburgh, which is a challenge if you’re only there for a couple of nights.
However, it’s definitely worth the trip. From coastal walks to bar-hopping and soaking up the Scottish heritage, there’s something to suit every age and taste.
Not to mention, for us, the drive up from Yorkshire on the A1 along the coastline is super scenic and jaw-dropping.
3. The Layout is Unique
If you’re still wondering: is Edinburgh worth visiting? Well, let’s discuss the layout.
The Old Town (including the castle) sits at the top of the hill. It overlooks the New Town where all the high street shops are.
Then the Princes Street Gardens are in between, which makes everything super walkable.
That said, make sure you wear comfy shoes when you visit the city as the hills can really take it out of you! I felt like I’d lost a stone in just one weekend.
4. The Castle is Extraordinary
My sister had a full day of sightseeing on the Saturday, which naturally had to include the castle.
It’s oozing with history, perfectly preserved and truly spectacular.
Plus, if you venture to the top, you can’t help but be awestruck at the breathtaking views. Especially on a bright, sunshiny day.
5. The Nightlife is Fun
Lastly, Edinburgh is worth visiting for the nightlife alone. It’s amazing!
First, you have The Dome, a fancy bar and restaurant with an interior that looks like the inside of Gringotts Bank (hey, Harry Potter fans!). There’s also an abundance of live music bars in Old Town, which have some super talented bands playing. And they’re so much fun!
In fact, whatever your personal preference, there’ll be a bar or pub for you.
Is Edinburgh Worth Visiting? The Bottom Line
All in all, I can’t help but feel that Edinburgh is one of my favourite places I’ve visited so far in the whole wide world!
I’d heartily recommend it to anyone for a unique weekend getaway.
And I’m sure I’ll be back again real soon.
Have you been to Edinburgh yet? Is it worth visiting Edinburgh would you say? Let me know your opinion!