22 – 23 September 2018
A one hour flight from Amsterdam had us arrive in Edinburgh just before 10.00pm, to a temperature of just 2 degrees. We pre-arranged for Sun Transfers to pick us up and take us to our accommodation.
We booked Grand Harbour Apartments in Leith, located about 20 minutes from Edinburgh Old Town. The location is similar to Fremantle Harbour or Port Coogee, with multiple high rise accommodation and self serviced short stay apartments.
After a comfortable nights sleep, we walked about 7 minutes down the road to a full breakfast at Brewers Fayre where the kids ate free. Little do they know that the kids eat more than me!
We only had a day to explore Edinburgh so after breakfast we caught an Uber to Edinburgh Castle. We’d bought our tickets when we were in Amsterdam so we didn’t miss out. A tour of the castle was on Mark’s bucket list and it didn’t disappoint.
Our Uber driver was great and very informative, pointing out landmarks and fun facts along the way.
Edinburgh Castle is very impressive. Perched high on Castle Rock overlooking the City; it’s hard to look away from its stature. Picturing its inhabitants and the life they must have led over some 1100 years is hard to imagine.
After a walk around the Castle and having some photos taken against its beautiful backdrop, we made our way down the hill and after a quick bite to eat, we took a stroll through Princes Street Gardens and the town before catching an Uber back to the apartment to pack and head back to Waverley Station to catch the train to Kings Cross, London.
I got chatting to a lady over breakfast who informed me that, if there are any spare seats in first class, then you can take them and just pay the difference, which we did (an extra £25 each). With unlimited drinks and snacks plus super comfy seats, this was well worth the additional cost for the 4-hour journey.
We arrived in London around 10.45pm and caught a cab to our London accommodation.
I’m so excited and happy to finally be in England. With half my family living here, it’s going to be so great to catch up with a fair few of them in a weeks time. But until then, we have a week of London to enjoy 😊