day seven: exploring edinburgh


^ edinburgh castle. the hike to get up there is a bit insane. you know you're walking up a steep hill when there is a hand rail by the sidewalk ^
^ arthur's seat. we never made it up there (after walking around for 6 hours we just didn't have it in us ;) ), but if i ever go back and have more time that is definitely on the list of things to do! ^
^ classic tourist shot in front of the castle ^
^ walking the royal mile ^
^ stopped in the cutest tea shop to avoid some of the rain and sit down for a bit ^
^ the outside of holyrood palace. you couldn't take pictures inside but it was insane! probably my favourite thing we did in edinburgh ^
^ checking out holyrood abbey ^
^ holyrood palace is right against the hills where arthur's seat is. kind of a breathtaking backyard ^
^ view of scotland from the castle ^
^ church in the castle ^

so edinburgh was amazing! we only had a short time there (2 days, 1 night) so we tried to make the most of it! the first day we got there we walked up to the castle and then walked around the royal mile. we also walked around princes street (there main street) and finally called in a night around 8. 

the next morning we got up bright and early and checked out of our hotel room. i'm glad i packed light because carrying around a heavy bag all day would have been a nightmare. the first thing we did was check out the castle. we were a bit hestitant to go in so we ended up walking down the royal mile to holyrood palace. on our way there we stopped into a tearoom to grab a cup of tea. it was hands down the most charming place i've been to since being over here. my cousin and i both agreed we need to open up are own tea room. ;) 

we finally made it to holyrood palace and toured around. it was really great! i learned a lot about it and it was definitely one of my favourite parts of the trip! after checking out the palace we walked back up to the castle and explored around there. it was pretty cool to check it all out, but to be honest i was a little underwhelmed. don't get me wrong, it was still really cool but i liked holyrood a lot more. 

then we went down to the main street and checked out a bunch of tourist shops and finally caught our bus back to the airport. 

i'm really glad we made the decision to go! i fell in love with scotland more than i was expecting to and i want to go back soon and explore the country more!

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