Last month we took our last big trip before baby Oscar's grand arrival. Our first and targeted stop was Copenhagen but we had a few extra days in the trip to burn so we figured we could stop off at another city on the way home. Edinburgh, Scotland turned out to be the most convenient with flight availability so off we went without much expectation or planning.
Edinburgh turned out to be a wonderful surprise. A small city packed with interesting sites as well as great transportation and yummy food. What else could I ask for?
The one downside is that Edinburgh is made of fairly steep hills so climbing staircases and walking incline is mandatory. Not usually a problem but while 8 months pregnant, it was a bit of a challenge but so worth it.
We spent a little time almost everyday in the Princes Street Garden park - specifically the adorable castle themed playground that sits in the shadow of the real Edinburgh castle.
In terms of sightseeing we stopped at Edinburgh Castle, the Georgian House and the Hop On/Hop Off Tour as well as make a stop at Stockbridge, Edinburgh's Sunday food market and Greyfriars Cemetery.
We stayed in a great apartment hotel called Old Town Chambers which is located in the heart of the old city and had a kitchen and separate bedroom which made for a much more enjoyable few days (I just love going to the supermarket everywhere I go so having a kitchen makes shopping a lot more fun!)
But mostly we wandered around admiring the beautiful architecture, browsing the shops and noshing on whatever we came across. The weather threatened rain the entire time but we barely felt a drop come down so we got very lucky (or maybe that is just the way it always is there?).
In short we really enjoyed this city and hope to make it back soon. In terms of child friendliness, we felt very at ease with a 3 year old and a lightweight stroller. We didn't get a chance to take a tour of the countryside which I would have absolutely loved to do but now we have a great reason to return.