Why You Should Visit Edinburgh

Lancaster is the perfect location due to its transport links with many well-known northern cities, such as Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh, to name just a few! Why not take some time to visit some cities near to Lancaster before term finishes?

Recently, as a way to take my mind off the stress of university life, I visited Edinburgh, the heart of Scotland. With train tickets booked a few weeks in advance, the price was reasonable, which is always a relief when on a student budget. With this in mind, I was very much looking forward to spending a night away in a new environment, full of plenty of places to explore and things to do.

From the breath-taking natural scenery, to the Medieval and contemporary classic architecture there is something for everyone to enjoy.

On the first day, I visited Edinburgh’s historic castle known for its previous battles and sieges which I personally think is a must see, even if you are just visiting for the day. Built on top of a dormant volcano, this makes it incredibly unique along with its spectacular views of the sea and the city below, where you can take in the incredible architecture and the city’s iconic landmarks.  If you are interested in finding out more about the history of the castle, you can always take a guided tour which would be well worth the money if you have an interest in its fascinating past.With plenty of inviting and unique places to eat and drink, it was hard to choose from the huge amount that were on offer. I personally recommend the Edinburgh Larder which is located on a side street but should not be missed! Offering delicious food that is well priced and ethically sourced, I was very pleased to find this cosy little café.


Towards the evening, I visited Carlton Hill which is located in the city centre and is the perfect place to take some brilliant photos of the city. As it is only a short walk upwards, it is definitely worth a visit to take in the panoramic views of the city. 

With plenty of pubs on offer, what better way is there to spend an evening than by visiting a few to try some of the local Scottish whisky; one of many things that Edinburgh is renowned for. The staff behind the bar more than happy to explain the history of the whisky, which made it a very enjoyable evening.

If you are looking for an escape from the stress of constant deadlines and revision, then Edinburgh is definitely worth a visit. It is possible to enjoy just for the day, as its very easy to get from one place to another once you are there. I found my time in Edinburgh very enjoyable and will definitely be returning in the near future.

All images are writer's own