I haven’t visited Scotland since I lived there. Although I can’t remember much as I was so young. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know we’ve been there for the last week on a bit of a road trip with Infiniti.
Our first stop had to be a night’s stop-over in Edinburgh. We dumped our bags in our lovely little hotel – The Ballantrae Albany and took some quick snaps of our Palatial size room with en-suite before heading out to explore.
The hotel is a really handy hop-skip-and-a-jump from the centre of Edinburgh which made it really easy to pop out into the city. As we were only there for a day, the top of our list of ‘things to do’ was visit Edinburgh Castle. Ben has never been, and I hadn’t been back since my brother was christened in there, so obviously couldn’t remember much!
The only way to get to the castle is to walk. Of course you can be chauffeured, but walking makes you appreciate each step of the intriguing and spectacular view as it gets continually more impressive.
We paid the ticket fee, before climbing the last few steps to the top and looking out over the Kingdom.
It definitely is worth a visit if you just have a fleeting stop. I can imagine in the Winter months, the sunset from the West view point is incredible.
Tourist part done. We walked back to our hotel, taking in the beautiful city along the way.
Our dinner stop had been recommended to us by Ben’s parents. The Devil’s Advocate is a little bar/restaurant down a cobbled side-street in the Old Town. We had slightly over-dressed – it’s definitely a jeans and blazer kind of place over an LBD. But it didn’t throw us off too much and we were soon seated at our pre-booked table on the balcony.
Drinks were quickly ordered and delivered and we could start to relax in the warm, candlelit restaurant.
The attentive staff quickly took our order shortly after, and we were presented with one of our favourite things for starter. Bread, Manchego and Parma ham.
Dating couples snuggled down in the booths, while groups of girls giggled over glasses of wine at the bar and big tables of friends caught up over everyone’s news. The vibe is lovely and relaxed but with an upbeat edge.
Ben predictably went for chicken for his main and I had an incredible steak with roasted vegetables (possibly the best I’ve had) it was good. We were supposed to share (as we normally do) but I ended up demolishing the lot before he could get a fork in.
We rejected the taxi home in favour of a moon lit walk through the town back to our hotel. It was eerily beautiful, and we could see how it must have been so easy for J.K Rowling to write the Harry Potter books there.
We were actually rather struck with how easily we could see ourselves living in the city. Anyone else visited and fallen in love with it too?