Edinburgh is as historic as it gets! The early settlements date back to as early as 3300 BC.

The landscape in Edinburgh is very diverse with Arthurs Seat and the Salisbury Crags, part of an extinct volcano, with extraordinary views over Edinburgh and top of the rock, housing Edinburgh Castle.

Extraordinary views of Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat.

Extraordinary views of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat.

For a large city it has lots of Niche’s to explore! There are also some great Niche abodes to rest your weary body and tired feet, after a long day sightseeing.

Edinburgh can be easily reached by plane, train, bus and automobile. Edinburgh airport is only a few miles from the heart of the city. Getting from the airport to the city can be done via the Airlink 100 Shuttle Bus, by taxi or you could try out the new trams!

The main train station is Waverley but you could also arrive at Haymarket, Which is located a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street.

If arriving by bus into Edinburgh Bus Station you will find yourself at St Andrews Square, which is located in the heart of the city.

View of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street from Sir Walter Scott Monument.

View of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street from Sir Walter Scott Monument.

Some of the Niche abodes include a Georgian town house dating back to 1829; a guest house decked out in lots of tartan history staying in rooms named after the great Scottish clans such as MacPherson, MacKenzie or MacDonald, a little bit out of the city is Carberry Tower Castle, its famous past owner being the queens sister or you might like to stay in the grand Balmoral hotel located on Princes Street which has catered for the famous or possibly the Waldorf Astoria – Hilton Caledonian dripping with character and rooms overlooking the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.

 

The Royal Mile, one of the oldest street's in Edinburgh.

The Royal Mile, one of the oldest street’s in Edinburgh.

 

The nooks and crannies of Edinburgh are well worth exploring, you don’t know which hidden gems you are going to uncover. The Royal Mile being a great place to start with all its cobbled closes and alleyways. Some taking you off further into the old town down the mountainous stairs, still with the remnants of Old Reekie.   The alleyways can be seen as a portal from the old town into the new town with glimpse of Sir Walter Scott Monument and Harrods’s of the north “Jenner’s” department store.   One of the more famous closes is Warriston’s Close known more today as “Mary Kings Close”, once said to be haunted, the ghostly pasts whispering in your ears and swishing past you as you walk deeper into the darkness.

One of the historic closes in the old town of Edinburgh.

One of the historic closes in the old town of Edinburgh.

While in Edinburgh why not try the traditional Scottish dish of haggis, neeps and tatties with a wee dram, sure to warm you on a dreich night. One of the oldest pubs in Edinburgh “The last drop” located in the Grassmarket, part of the old town is aptly named, as a few feet away the crowds of Edinburgh used to gather and watch the many have their last drop at the gallows!

No matter what the time of year, Edinburgh is a magnificent city with something for all.

Have you visited Edinburgh?  Did you find a Niche?  We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

I am a travel photographer and writer with green fingers based in Edinburgh. The love of travel has allowed me to gain my sea legs on-board luxury cruise ships, camp out under the stars and drive a corvette to visit a volcano in Hawaii. These are some of the travel highlights I have been lucky to experience. I am very excited to be working with Niche Escapes to inspire you to travel and have your own unique experiences.