The start of our break in Edinburgh was a lovely trip up on the train.  After a change at Peterborough we picked up the Edinburgh train from London and had a lovely relaxing three and a half hour journey.  The train was very comfortable and we got breakfast, lunch and complimentary drinks.  It made a great start and certainly far more enjoyable than flying or driving!!  We arrived just before 1.30.

A short walk to the hotel, quick change and another very short walk and we were at the top of the Royal Mile by Edinburgh Castle.  The sun was out and we easily blended into the large groups of tourists wandering about this part of Edinburgh.  The sun was out and we easily blended into the large groups of tourists wandering about this part of Edinburgh. As you wander down this historic road you soon notice the absolute deluge of Scottish souvenir shops and its a shame it does devalue the surroundings.

We headed over North Bridge onto Princes Street for a wander along the shops. The sun was out and even in jeans and a hoody I felt quite warm. You can enjoy some great views of the castle as we walked through Princes Gardens and almost all the benches were occupied by people enjoying the lovely weather. We stopped for an ice cream before we headed into the National Gallery to soak up some culture. Inside as you would expect for a National Gallery there is a fantastic collection of paintings, none of which I knew but it was nice to visit as we were so close.

When we left we cut over Princes Street onto George Street where more shops and bars exist and after a short loop found ourselves in a watering hole enjoying cocktails. A different sort of culture now! We enjoyed a couple of drinks before looping round the back of the castle and finding ourselves in Wagamamas! We were both ravenous by this time and a little affected by the cocktails so it was great to have some familiar food as very unadventurous as that sounds.

After our meal we continued round to complete the loop and find ourselves back at the Hotel on Grassmarket… A lovely first day and the weather has certainly been welcome!