18 Nov Rannoch Moor + Edinburgh
A weekend in Edinburgh! Bliss! This is the first time we’ve been to Edinburgh for longer than a day. We are terrible at planning anything, I see quite often lists and lists of itinerary’s and feel like we’ve got to squeeze everything in. Instead, we wrote a few places that we’d love to visit, and on the whole ignored most of what we’d written. We did what we fancied, and basically spent most of the weekend eating, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
On the way down to Edinburgh, we stopped off at one of our favourite places in Scotland, Rannoch Moor! We’d stayed here a few months before, and we’d choosen it out of the blue. It looked fairly close to the A9 (it wasn’t!) and looked to be in the middle of no where, with a tea room just down the road (which is an absolute essential). The little Star Hut, placed in a wood looks over the moor at Rannoch, and is located at the end of Rannoch Loch, right next to Rannoch Station. The hut was so cute, with everything you need, and the best view I’ve ever woken up too. There were even deer in the morning.
We woke up early to carry on our trip to Edinburgh, and stopped for breakfast at the tearoom, for dippy eggs and soldiers (another essential). It is just how you imagine a tearoom to look, walls lined with wooden panelling, and pretty paintings dotted around. I could’ve stayed forever with that view and a lifetime supply of tea. We left enough time to have a wander down to the loch before we went to enjoy another cup of tea and a homemade almond croissant which Jack had packed for breakfast. We eventually prised ourselves away from Rannoch, and headed south for Edinburgh.
We were staying 20 minutes outside the city centre, with a lovely walk through Bruntsfield. This was always my favourite part of our trip, meandering through Bruntsfield, finding a coffee shop and then heading out from there. We even managed to find the Twelve Triangles Bakery! (I had a damson pastry with almonds, and honestly, it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten)
After eating our way out of Bruntsfield, we managed to get to the Botanical Gardens, which I loved. The Palm House was just sensational. Jack, on the other hand was tougher to please! We finished up wandering through the glasshouses and wandered back to Stockbridge for lunch and peruse through the charity shops, which were so good! We also managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping and a visit to the National Gallery.
It’s also worth mentioning our evening trip to Tuk Tuk. It was the one place our Airbnb host recommended, and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was so good, we ordered too much and had to take half of it home with us (much to the disapproving look of our neighbour!). The only photo I got was of Jack looking particularly full and slightly uncomfortable.
Next time, we’re going to make sure we get to the Dovecot, as it was the one place I wanted to go that we just didn’t get a chance. Edinburgh, we’ll be back! If you’ve got any suggestions for our next trip, we’d love to hear from you!
Love, India x