Like any other city in the world, Edinburgh has its famous must see attractions, restaurants, coffee shops and fashion houses. Although being from Edinburgh, it is a city that I no longer know very well. This makes it all the more fun when I go back and visit and find new places popping up to discover. In this blog post I am going to share with you a few of my favourite places that I love to visit when I am home and some of the new places that friends recently recommended or I stumbled upon while exploring.
We might be biased but my sister and I will both tell you that this is the most beautiful place in the world. She lives in Colorado, home to fantastic mountains and natural beauty, while I live in Mallorca, a place where there are some of the most beautiful coves in Europe if not the world. We both will still tell you that this is one of the most tranquil spots where you can escape to, gather your thoughts and give your legs a blooming good work out. Or favourite route is taking the trail up from Dreghorn and following it all the way up to Allermuir. Although you don’t need hiking boots for this trail, it is a good idea to wear supportive trainers as some of the path is steep and uneven.
Secret Herb Garden
Located on Old Pentland Road which is on the way to Ikea, the Secret Herb Garden is a secret gem surrounded by lush green fields. This beautiful setting is home to a fantastic little cafe where they have fresh salads using ingredients grown in the garden, delicious cakes and homemade soups. You can enjoy your your freshly prepared food in their gorgeous greenhouse that’s decorated with flowers and vintage furniture. It is a great escape from the city centre and also not far from the Pentland hills for a post cake dander.
One of Edinburgh’s most picture perfect streets, Circus Lane is located in the Stockbridge area of the city. Known for its elegant Georgian houses, Circus Lane is a refreshing contrast with its old cobbled streets and miniature cottage style buildings. Stockbridge is a wonderful location for boutique shopping, local coffee houses and delicious bistros. A few of my favourite places are Rollo and Earthly Cafe while on St Stephens street there are quaint little vintage stores.
Fantastic views with a small town feel, South Queensferry is a little gem around a 20 minute drive outside the city of Edinburgh. With fantastic views of the bridges, little cafes and some delicious restaurants, it is a great little escape from the city.
A little village set at the bottom of the Pentland hills, is a quaint little village where little thatched cottages sit. Although there isn’t much to do there, it’s a lovely place to walk through and see the animals on the farm.