Photo Diary: Exploring Edinburgh & The Fringe Festival

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At the end of August we travelled to Edinburgh, and just in time to catch the end of the famous Fringe Festival.

We spent our first day exploring the city. We arrived really early on a Sunday morning, thus we couldn’t check in, so we dropped off our bags at our accommodation and went exploring.

Our first stop was at a cute restaurant called Montpeliers for brunch, we both had fry-ups, with a side of haggis, of course.


Brunch in Montpeliers

Afterwards, we headed toward Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. I was in awe at how beautiful Edinburgh is, the Gothic-style architecture is incredible.


The Royal Mile

We wandered down the Royal Mile, toward Victoria St., possibly my favourite street in the city; the layout, the colours, the buildings… Amazing.


Victoria St.

Continuing on down The Royal Mile, we made our way toward Calton Hill. The view from the top of this hill did not disappoint; an amazing 360° view of the entire city, including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the coast. Unfortunately, we didn’t hike up to Arthur’s Seat, I didn’t exactly bring the best clothing for it – maybe next time we will!


View of Arthur’s Seat
One of the many views from Calton Hill

I was on a quest to find cute streets and areas during our visit, and I was not disappointed. Another interesting street was Circus Lane, tucked away down a side street, which we came upon en route to the Botanic Gardens. Definitely worth a stroll down for this photo op alone!


Circus Lane

Majority of the gardens in the Botanic Gardens are free to enter, so I would definitely recommend this too, on a dry day. There’s something so relaxing about wandering around them, admiring the flowers.


The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh

That night we attended some of the Fringe Festival activities that were on around Beehive Inn and we had a massive pizza in Mamma’s before we continued onto the George Square area to see comedian Alex Williamson’s (also known as the Loose Aussie) show. We also attended a ‘Crap Disco Party’ afterwards. I don’t think I need to say any more on that one, other than it was a great night out!


Mamma’s American Pizza

Apart from walking the length and breadth of the city, we also went to the Camera Obscura.

The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is really interesting and also very fun, with different illusions that you can participate in – I laughed my way through the most of it! The top of the building also has a great view of the city. It costs £15 to enter and they give you a stamp which allows you to re-enter that day if you wish. Which is a great idea for photographies who may want to take photos at different times of the day.


Room of fiber optic lights
One of the illusions at The Camera Obscura

That night we had an amazing meal in Dine, which is located in the Traverse Theatre. They have a fantastic early bird menu and the setting is so pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the food as I was enjoying it too much! It’s a great place to go if you want to do fine dining without blowing your budget.

We then headed down to the Udderbelly to see Irish sketch trio Foil, Arms & Hog. We’ve seen them before in Dublin so I was really excited to see their new show Oink. They were brilliant, as expected.

We also tried deep-fried Mars bars from the Clamshell, which was surprisingly good! Something to tick off the bucket list anyway.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge cat lady! So as you can imagine, I was in my element going to the cat café on our final day, especially since I had never been to one before. The Maison de Moggy is the first cat café to open in Edinburgh and boasts gorgeous cats of different breeds. You do need to book in advance to enter, as they only allow a certain amount of customers in at a time. A booking is £8 per person and this doesn’t include beverages etc. I would recommend booking in advance to ensure entry.


Having a coffee with a cat!
A Bengal cat in Maison de Moggy

I would definitely recommend visiting Edinburgh, especially during the Fringe Festival, it is their busiest time of the year but it’s a great location for a weekend break and there’s so much to do!


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