Sunday, 22 June 2014
Great British Road Trip Pt 3 - Edinburgh and the World of Illusions
After our trip to the Lake District it was time to pack up the tent and head to Edinburgh. This was both mine and Tom's first visit to Scotland and we loved driving the scenic route, past pine forests and isolated houses to the Scottish capital.
We stayed in a lovely Air BnB flat on the coast of the city in Leith (thanks to blogger Anna for recommending it). Leith was a brilliant place to stay, with lots of nice pubs nearby including our favourite, Nobles which has pictures of Bill Murray, Bjork and other brilliant folks on the walls as well as some impressive stained glass windows and the friendliest bar staff.
The weather was rather rainy on our stay but it didn't matter much as we had lots of indoor pursuits planned, including a visit to the Museum of Scotland (home to Dolly the sheep), and the World of Illusions! I'd heard good things about this museum and despite being slightly pricey, it was worth the trip. As well as lots of fun optical illusions (including a bridge which makes you feel REALLY dizzy despite not moving!) there's a Camera Obscura right at the top of the building which turned out to be the perfect way to see the city.
We really enjoyed our trip to Edinburgh and I'd love to go back and explore more of Scotland some time as the people we met there were so friendly and the city was packed full of independent shops, cafes and pubs. Not to mention some brilliant veggie eateries including David Bann's, Henderson's Cafe and a cafe called Mum's which made the tastiest macaroni cheese, just what I craved on a rainy day.