In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to go exploring (one of the few that I’ve managed to obey), and sticking firmly to my list of places to visit in 2014, I spent three days in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. When I say it’s one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited, I do not exaggerate. For anyone considering making the trip, here follows a short and cheerful review.
We stayed in Brodies Hostel on the Royal Mile. I picked this particular hostel more so for the location than anything else, however the pictures looked pretty good and it had decent reviews. Beyond being sufficient for our needs in that it was a place to stay, the hostel itself wasn’t great. Brodies has two buildings; our room was located in the second building, which appeared to be much older and dreary-looking than the main building. To avail of the WiFi you had to pay extra, and there was no towel hire – something that I genuinely believed was available in every hostel. The location also proved to be as much of a curse as it was a blessing, because the Royal Mile is LOUD. So unless you’re a heavy sleeper and not at all fussy, I wouldn’t recommend Brodies to future travellers.
Edinburgh Castle was the first stop on our three-day adventure. Situated on a hill, at the top of the Royal Mile, the views from the Castle are spectacular. Unfortunately, you have to pay through the nose for the privilege of actually going inside. An adult ticket to enter the grounds will set you back a hefty £16.
In defence of the price, there is a huge amount to see once you actually get inside, including the National War Museum, the War Memorial, the Regimental Museum, and the Royal Palace Crown Jewels. Even if history isn’t particularly your thing, these are still fascinating attractions, if only for the beautiful badges of honour and soldiers’ uniforms.
Helpful tip: Try to avoid visiting the Castle on a windy day. I was in danger of blowing off the side in several instances.