Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city

It’s quiet here. All I can hear are the melodies of the songbirds and the slightly more discordant squawks of the gulls; the distant sound of traffic (rather like a long exhale) and the cold tap of something, somewhere, in the skeleton of our tenement flat near the city centre. Life has felt a bitContinue reading “Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city”

Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour

When spring explodes in Edinburgh — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it always feels brand new (to me, at least). I can never recall this season in Scotland’s capital as vivid as it appears to my tired, winter-dulled eyes. When you have an afternoon to yourselfContinue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour”

Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden

It feels like spring has truly arrived. The streets are buzzing with cosmopolitans sporting denim jackets (myself included). Cliques sit outside hipster cafés and bars in the mild heat. The brave souls among us even have their pale legs out in the sunshine (myself not included). This is the kind of weather I’d forgotten I loved,Continue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden”

Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge and Circus Lane

One of the many things I like about Edinburgh — aside from its dependable, beautiful architecture and its constant greenery — is its walkability. Although the suburbs stretch far towards the hills and beaches which ring the city itself, Edinburgh’s iconic neighbourhoods (like Stockbridge or Dean Village) are within easy walking distance of the town bustle. That’s howContinue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge and Circus Lane”

Exploring Edinburgh: Holyrood Palace in autumn

I imagine that Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of thoseContinue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Holyrood Palace in autumn”

Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge to Dean Village

We’ve been having such nice weather in Scotland during the past few weeks that I’m actually in mourning — no more three month university summers! So to atone, I took a day off work last week, stuffed my day pack with a fleece and a camera, and went for a wander with B. After much indecision,Continue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge to Dean Village”

Exploring Edinburgh: Salisbury Crags

Back at the start of the year — after about 4 months in Edinburgh, shocking! — we finally got up Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano which gazes out at the city. And to be honest? I was a bit underwhelmed. Although the view from the top was amazing, the summit was so crammed with visitorsContinue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Salisbury Crags”

Exploring Edinburgh: Portobello and the Pentlands

I was home on the west coast last weekend. Just for a day — actually, just for 12 hours — and it got me thinking… Is home where we settle? Or is home where we know every curve and line of the land, where we can watch the rain approaching the shore, where we could wander forContinue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: Portobello and the Pentlands”

Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat

We are — very slowly — exploring Edinburgh. I can’t believe how long it takes to get used to a city. I can navigate parts of Leith, the New Town, even the Royal Mile, but the rest? It’s a mystery. Quite unlike our flat, which within a week, felt like home: dinners made, dishes washed,Continue reading “Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat”