For her 30th birthday, I decided to take the girlfriend away for the weekend.  The chosen destination was Edinburgh, Scotland.  Only an hours flight from our native London.  Despite the girlfriend losing her phone we had a great weekend, one of the highlights being a walking tour of the city.  This is our tour in pictures …

Edinburgh

Grassmarket at night

Edinburgh

Grey Friars church

Edinburgh

Bobby

Edinburgh

The Elephant cafe, where Happy Potter was written

Our guide was a young Australian girl who was now living in the city her family originated from. She took us first to Grey Friars church, showing us the cages put over graves to stop grave robbers. Then she showed us some of the plaques and tombstones which influenced the Harry Potter series. A lot of the Harry Potter material was written in the Elephant Café, which was our next stop and just around the corner from Greyfriars. We didn’t go in at this point, but we would soon return.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Heart of Midlothian

Edinburgh

Looking up the Royal Mile

Edinburgh

Looking down the Royal Mile

Next we were taken down the royal mile and told all manner of stories about the various buildings. For example one building has another building inside it. Bill Gates rented the building back in the 90’s (I think) and wanted to change its exterior, however he was not allowed to do so as the building was listed. Instead we just stripped all of the inside of the building leaving only the exterior, and then built a smaller more modern building inside.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Our guide took us across the North Bridge and through Princes Street Gardens before we made our way back to the hostel via a large the famous Edinburgh castle. A great tour, just a shame the rain was relentless throughout.