A road trip to "Ed n Buttah"

For the 4th of July weekend, we headed off to Edinburgh for a nice road trip getaway. What we didn't plan on however, was the enormous amount of traffic we would hit from the Tour de France. But let me back up a bit. We planned on stopping about 160 miles into our trip at RAF Menwith Hill to fill up with American priced gas....since gas runs us about $11-12 a gallon outside of base. When we entered this location into our GPS, it decided to take us down the entire Tour de France through Harrogate in Yorkshire! While we were irritated at first, we eventually got over our irritation when we realized that we just experienced a once in a lifetime moment...driving down the Tour de France route the day before the event!! The towns were decorated with yellow bikes, flags and signs cheering the bikers on. 

After we filled the car up with gas, our GPS decided to take us down this street....yeah, it turned into a footpath eventually. Note to self: Taking the "alternative" route in England does not end well.


So anyway, we made it up to Scotland eventually that day. It was a long and beautiful journey. We never even turned on the radio. When we arrived in Edinburgh, we were welcomed by our lovely AirBnb host and shown around our flat, which was built in the early 1800s.



Edinburgh seemed to have a sort of relaxed atmosphere about it to be such a large city. We mostly hung out in the touristy Royal Mile area. During the day, the streets were crowded with tourists stopping to see what the street performers were up to. The performers gave a nice soundtrack to the city for the weekend! This little group of guys, who couldn't have been older than 16 or so, played amazingly! So we sat at Angels and Bagpipes and listened for about an hour. 



Every bit of food we ate in Scotland was fantastic. One meal in particular, at Whiski Rooms, was phenomenal. Our waiter was pretty cool and when asked how to pronounce Edinburgh, be promptly replied with "ed n buttah", like butter with an 'ah' ;)


Holy Sea Bass!!
Our stay in Edinburgh seemed waaaayyy too short. And we most definitely will be back to Scotland soon! Enjoy some of these shots of the city and stay tuned for more incredibly amazing posts about our time at Edinburgh Castle, the magical Tantallon Castle, a round of golf on the Scottish coast, and the end of our weekend at Alnwick Castle
View of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle

St. Giles Cathedral
View of Arthur's Seat from Scottish Parliament
Holyrood House


Midnight in Edinburgh

Travel Tuesday

28 comments

  1. Edinburgh is definitely my second favourite city in Europe! I love it! And I need to go back some day too just to finally climb Arthur's Seat!

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  2. Me too!! we didn't get a chance to do a lot of things....but my absolute favorite part was taking a drive down to Tantallon Castle....definitely the most magical place I have been in awhile!

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  3. Wow - you're pretty darn lucky to be able to get petrol at American prices. So expensive over there!

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  4. Those castle views are amazing! And wonderful to be able to take a road trip over to Scotland!

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  5. I absolutely loved my time in Edinburgh (and thought it was too short as well)! Tantallon Castle was so much fun to visit. My friends and I packed a picnic and instead of waiting for the bus from the village, decided to enjoy a nice walk through the countryside there. Fun note: When I watched Tristan + Isolde after returning home, Tantallon was mentioned :)

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  6. I am so obsessed with Tantallon! I have just been editing my photos and I just think it's magical! What did you think about Bass Rock?? Did you see all of the gannets out there? It seriously blew my mind!

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  7. It was a long trip but definitely worth it!!

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  8. It seems like an absolutely lovely trip and your apartment was amazing!

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  9. Yep! We are super lucky! Although we did fill up off base on the way home and it runs about $160-170 to fill up 14 gallons!!

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  10. The scenic route is so long and yet sometimes better! And how amazing is it that you guys could see that path all decorated for the Tour de France (although I'm still trying to grasp why the Tour de Frances goes outside of France, but anyhow...). Beautiful pictures of Edinburgh! It is such a magical, I love it! Although I have to say that I've never heard someone say Ed n buttah hahahaha

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  11. Gotta love the scenic route with GPS, at least it didn't try to drive you into a river :) Edinburgh is on my must visit list if I ever get to the British Isles & I'll have to keep Air BnB in mind as well

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  12. Yeah....I never understood with the Tour was here either!! Ed n buttah just is how is sounded when our waiter pronounced it! Haha!! Because it's not edin-burg or even edin-borough, well not with a scottish accent anyway!!

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  13. well, it did drive us all the way to a footpath haha!! we definitely learned our lesson!

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  14. oh it was just perfect! gotta love those old flats with character :)

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  15. I visited Edinburgh for Hogmanay at the start of this year and absolutely loved it - just such a beautiful city, and I also loved the relaxed vibe.

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  16. I love, love, love Edinburgh! It's such a pretty, fun, relaxed city. I'm also dying to explore the Scottish Highlands!

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  17. Oh I could happily move and live in Edinburgh, it's such a fun city and so easy to get around!

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  18. I definitely wasn't in Edinburgh long enough either. I had a day trip in the city on my way to the Highlands, but I have always wanted to go back! I plan to this fall, and after looking at these pictures, I CAN'T wait!

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  19. Yeah we are already planning our next trip back as well! It was such a fun place :)

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  20. You are right, it was really easy to get around!

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  21. Me too! I think that the highlands are going to be part of our next trip up to Scotland :)

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  22. Oh I bet that was super fun! There is definitely a relaxed vibe to be such a big city!

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  23. I know, we had been told by so many people that we needed to go check it out....and they were all right, it was super cool!

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  24. Oh, Edinburgh is soooo gorgeous! I've only been for two days, but it was enough to wet my appetite. I cannot wait until our daughter is big enough to take overseas and show her all of these awesome places! Also, a GPS in the UK can cause you to end up in some weird places--one time, we were taking a detour and ended up in the middle of a sheep field. Thanks, GPS for a wild adventure! :)

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  25. your pictures are awesomee! We took the Edinbugh free walking tour, and our tour guide kept calling it Edin-brah. if you notice the old way (I think) of spelling it is Edinbvrgh, so it makes sense.


    :)

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