The first stop in our summer holiday trip was in Edinburgh, where we spent 3 nights in total. We departed for Edinburgh early in the morning on coach. Our next stop after Edinburgh was Inverness.
During our short time in Edinburgh, we managed to discover the 2nd most populous city in Scotland and the 7th most populous in the United Kingdom; we were actually quite surprised by its beauty. The city is divided into two parts, the New City and the Old City, and to be honest, the best sightings and attractions are located in the Old City. Hence, we did not really visit the New City.
Compared to the Old City, we found that the buildings in the New City are too modern and the houses are not very interesting. We found the Old City to more interesting as the buildings have kept their original (history) form. Together with their old architecture and the mix between old and slightly new buildings make the scenery quite interesting.
The train station separates the Old City into two parts and we can see plastic white roofs covering it.
I have to say that in Scotland (not only Edinburgh), they have a very peculiar taste of mixing the old and the new together. For example, you can have a beautiful ancient castle, sitting next to a modern garage.
The two sides of the city are joined with beautiful bridges and right behind there are mountains and nature, and that makes the beauty of the city.
We slept in two different hostels in Edinburgh. One is called The Backpackers, a small cosy, hippie kind of hostel, where people seem to have settled for the year and the other one is The Royal Miles Hostel, located just under Edinburgh's castle and is decorated very nicely as if we were entering a castle. They were both located in the Old City and it was very convenient to walk around.
We went to Edinburgh Castle, for which we had to pay an entrance fee (not too expensive though). We found the castle quite nice, built with old stones, and composed of several different buildings. It is a place that I would suggest visiting, when passing by this city.
After this long visit we had a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was perfect to replenish our bellies before going to bed and rest our tired feet.
We did not stay very long in the city as the next day we left quite early to catch a coach for Inverness.