With so many wonderful places in this big, beautiful world, we find it hard to prioritize the ones we must see first. We hope these photos will inspire you to put Edinburgh, Scotland, at the top of your bucket list.
Fuel your wanderlust with some of our favorite photos of Edinburgh.
The Royal Mile starts at Holyrood Palace and climbs to the top of the hill, culminating at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.
The legend of Bobby goes like this:
When John Gray, Bobby's person, passed away, he was buried in Greyfriar's Kirkyard (churchyard). Bobby, a Skye terrier, then spent the next 14 years guarding John Gray's grave, until he too passed away in 1872. Now that is loyalty!
The original statue of Bobby resides on the quiet southern peninsula of Isle of Skye, in the Armadale Castle Museum.
A quiet residential neighborhood, Dean Village attracts visitors because of its simple, peaceful beauty. The rippling creek provides a romantic ambience for a tranquil stroll.
Walk along Water of Leith from Dean Village to Stockbridge, taking advantage of photo-op-worthy spots along the way, then circle back to downtown Edinburgh.
From the other side of Calton Hill, we saw the solitary Arthur's Seat above and the sprawling Holyrood Palace below.
Calton Hill also features a number of memorials and monuments on the hill, like the Nelson Monument, the Burns Monument, and this one, the National Monument of Scotland, also known as the Grassmarket, a tribute to the soldiers who perished during the Napoleonic Wars.
From Princes Street Gardens, look up at Old Edinburgh, at the University of Edinburgh's "New" College (it is, after all, only 172 years old), the Lloyds Bank Group Office building (built in 1806), and, of course, Edinburgh Castle. The gardens themselves are amazing, full of colorful flowers and shady trees. With views like this, we enjoyed more than one picnic in the gardens.
Edinburgh loves their writers, and, with authors like Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, why wouldn't they?
One of my favorite stories of Scottish writers, though, is that of lesser-known poet Robert Fergusson, whose memorial is pictured above. Though he died at just 24 years of age, Fergusson was a prolific writer, particularly during a two-year period in the early 1770's. Robert Burns called him "my elder brother in the muse" and went on to replicate and popularize Fergusson's poetry style. Fergusson was buried in Canongate Churchyard, and his statue strolls confidently just outside the church today.
"Auld Reikie" is Fergusson's ode to Edinburgh, over 300 lines of documentary and wit, telling of the daily lives of Edinburgh's ordinary citizens. Click here to read it in full.
Speaking of writers, Harry Potter fans will love Edinburgh! Greyfriar's Kirkyard isn't famous only because of Bobby. Sit in the Elephant House cafe where J. K. Rowling penned the Harry Potter novels and then stroll through the Greyfriar's cemetery where she gained inspiration for her characters' names.
We hope these photos and stories have fueled your wanderlust! Is Edinburgh on your bucket list?
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