A few weeks ago I treated myself and my little man who was about to turn 7 to a short two-night trip to Edinburgh. I love Scotland (and if it wasn’t for the weather would have moved there in a heartbeat), and even though we’d driven over to the Highlands for Christmas (you can see some photos here and here) almost every year for the last five, last time I’d seen Edinburgh was about 10 years ago (or, as Sasha pointed out, after a bit of mental math and asking how old was I when I last been, and how old I am now, 11 years).

I snapped some Virgin Train tickets in the spur of the moment when they were on sale around Black Friday last year, and booked us into the a hotel bang in the middle of Royal Mile (it was the cheap and cheerful Ibis, as we didn’t need much for this trip, but I must say I was mightily impressed with their customer service; I can’t eat dairy and gluten, so I’ve asked to check out what they had on offer for breakfast before paying, and without even me asking for it, I was immediately brought so much gluten-free toast and muffins that could have lasted me the whole day – and remembered me the following day, too!)

Taking advantage of the off-season (one of the many advantages of home educating for us is visiting places without the crowds), we spent the first day exploring Edinburgh Castle, and the second day wandering around The Royal Mile, checking out Holyrood Park and – of course – finding some ruins and pretty light with Arthur’s Seat in the background, before finishing off with a visit to Dynamic Earth for an interactive journey through time and space (I really, really recommend it).

Here are a few photos from our trip, enjoy! I also took a bunch of photos with my smartphone, I’ll share those in another post, along with some tips!

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