Edinburgh Day 2: I almost die hiking a mountain

Read all about our first day in Scotland here and here. Our second day in Edinburgh began really early (mostly because someone in our room was snoring, and I won’t name names, but it woke me up and I couldn’t fall back asleep after). Everyone else eventually gets up, and we all get ready for the day.

We stopped at the reception desk and asked where a good place for breakfast was, and they sent us down the road a ways to The City Cafe. It had a really cool atmosphere inside; it was almost a little punk rock, filled with newspapers and posters of bands pasted on the walls.

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We all ordered, and it was delicious!

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We set off from breakfast, heading for the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens residence in Scotland, because I love castles! The castle is a decent hike from the center of Edinburgh so we set off right after breakfast.

On our way, we spotted a church that had been converted into a craft fair. Naturally, we had to stop in and check it out!

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It was really cool to see a church space converted like this. There were so many talented artists and crafts mans in there! I think Naomi’s mom could have happily spent the rest of the day exploring in there!

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We left the craft fair, just as a street performer was starting up in the street outside. We stopped for a while to watch him! His tricks were very cool! He did a lot of stuff with fire, which freaked me out a little since I was some flammable product in my hair, but we all left with our hair intact.

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As we wandered, Naomi’s mother spotted a sign for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, so we pulled over for a pit-stop and checked out the cathedral!

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It was a very little, quaint cathedral. It wasn’t overly decorated, but it was still lovely!

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We continued our trek through old Edinburgh, getting to enjoy all the old buildings! This was probably my favorite part of Edinburgh. It still maintains its old-fashioned charms. It feels like stepping back in time!

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This building comes back into the story later!

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So, we made it to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, only to realize that you can only get in with a tour and none of us really wanted to wait for the next tour time. We decided to hike Arthur’s Seat instead, since it was at the back of the Palace.

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It was a little bit more of an ambitios hike than we were dressed for. It was a struggle in our boots and jeans. You should consider wearing sturdy shoes when hiking this area.

Luckily though, we had prefect weather and the views were lovely, so it made it totally worth it, despite the rocks in my shoes!

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I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to let me go hiking! I almost slipped and died more times than I can count. And, if I went down, I was going to make a point of taking at least someone else down with me because I’m such a giver!

In all reality, I think the hike would have been much easier in better shoes, and if the ground was drier (it had rained the night before).

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We came down off the mountain, pretty tired and a little sweaty, since the weather suddenly became absolutely perfect! There was an ice cream truck right at the foot of the mountain (they had a nice little monopoly going! It was genius putting their truck there. I think just about everyone who came down got an ice cream who was near us!)

We stopped for ice cream and meandered back towards the Palace. We peeked in through the back gate and managed to see a little of the palace and some of gardens. We went back around to the front and checked on tour times, but it just didn’t make sense to wait that long, so we headed back into the city.

Remember this building? Well, I remembered walking past it on our way to the Palace and suggested we swing in for lunch and a pint!

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The building actually has a really cool history, and still has some of its old, vintage charm. The menu was named after some of the historic moments or people who had been there or where prominent in their history at that time. It was a really nice little touch!

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Whenever we went out to drink in Ireland, I always drank Bulmers so when I saw that they had a Red Berries Bulmers, I just had to try it. It was delicious!

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I also got some of the best, and cheesiest, mac and cheese ever, served via a very cool dumbwaiter system that the building still has and uses!

Lunch was wonderful, and we spent a good while just sitting, talking, and drinking. It was nice to take a minute and relax and simply enjoy being in Edinburgh!

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our Scottish adventure!

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