In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
It’s been a tough old year, hasn’t it? The last 12 months have really hit so many of us in so many different ways and today being Valentines Day has made me think about the last time Liam and I had some proper quality time on our own. But with vaccines being given more and more each day and the number of covid cases coming down, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are looking forward to getting away for just a little break.
One place we’ve been thinking about visiting is Edinburgh. At the moment we are in the planning stages of owning a tiny home and escaping to a new place, and Scotland is high on the list. So a romantic weekend in Edinburgh is a great excuse to head up north and explore. Obviously, at the moment, travel restrictions are still in place “You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or to attend a medical appointment).” So we won’t be going any time soon – but mentally planning a trip and eyeing up places to stay on Hotels.com, gives us something to look forward to.
We’d probably start by going on a guided walk and find out about the history of the city, and it’s hidden gems. I’d love to explore the castle and find a cute little cobbled street. We’re quite outdoorsy people so with the many businesses not able to provide their full services at the moment, we would probably try and keep to places we could visit and still easily distance ourselves.
Arthurs Seat is an ancient volcano set in Holyrood Park. It is a gorgeous area filled with a diverse range of plant life and geology. It is also the site of Special Scientific Interest, which sounds like something Liam and I would LOVE to explore. We could take a picnic and there would be lots of space for us to stay away from other people.
In the shadow of Arthurs Seat is Duddingston Loch. According to the Guardian, late afternoon is a good time to visit as the birds create an almighty chorus of noise.
Another way to explore the City of Edinburgh would be to hire bicycles. Old railway lines now make popular bicycle routes and there is even a map you can download, similar to the London Underground with it’s simple, colourful lines.
There is lots to see and do in Edinburgh and in my head, I’m already packing! Hopefully, soon we’ll be able to start taking trips for leisure again. Now… If only I could find a baby sitter