We started exploring Scotland from its beautiful capital, which is currently getting ready for the incoming Festival season. : )
Actually, our first destination in Edinburgh wasn't the Old Town, but the majestic Holyrood Park instead.
With its cliffs and gorges, it is a rather unique park to be found so close to the heart of a major city. The hills in Holyrood reach a height of more than 250 metres, and the landscape includes meadows, rocky paths and many kinds of wild flowers. It really looks like a miniture version of Scotland! : )
The climb to the top of the cliff was rather tiring, but the view over Edinburgh was worth the effort, and we were lucky enough to get there in a clear, sunny morning. Maybe it was a slightly unconventional way to approach the city, yet still I am so happy that we started from there! : )
(tiny details matter too!)
(and yes, my bf enjoyed himself quite a lot, as you can see ;P )
After the wild beauty of Holyrood Park, we followed the Royal Mile - the main touristic street - to the heart of the Old Town. Edinburgh is a lively and colourful place, offering an endless range of café, pubs and little shops to explore. We wandered around the whole afternoon, and took a break to have some delicious fresh scones with tea.