Our Day in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Pano by David Gadient, 2016

The first photo is a panorama of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle. It was a bit of climb to get there, but we’d already been walking miles that day, due to hiking from Waverley station to The Auld Hoose first. It was our plan for lunch, because: ‘Home of Edinburgh’s Largest Nachos’. Vegan nachos, in our case. Utterly epic nachos, the size of your head, loaded with guacamole, beans, and jalapeΓ±os. You’d think, living in Arizona, that we could get something like that here. Nope. And certainly not with local Scottish beer. So, it was worth a hike from the station, even if there’d be a hike to Edinburgh Castle from there.

Edinburgh Streets by David Gadient, 2016

We walked many residential side streets, but also the Royal Mile. It was a Sunday and crawling with tourists, but that made it all the more interesting. Weather was perfect, despite a bit of drizzle when we’d first arrived.

Edinburgh Castle by David Gadient, 2016

Edinburgh Castle is as impressive as they say. We spent many hours there, all the way up to when they kicked us out (we were actually the very last visitors that day). Although David had seen castles in Europe many years ago, this was the first castle I’d ever been to―well, other than Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley―and that’s not quite the same. Edinburgh Castle is a glorious place.

Royal Dragoon by David Gadient, 2016

A group of German tourists were happy to take our photo in trade for taking their photo… so finally, a photo of both David and I greets the online world!

Karen and David Gadient, 2016

The evening brought our true plans. Aye, many folk go to Edinburgh for the sights, but we went primarily for the beer. Specifically, to indulge in our love for Innis & Gunn. We trekked another mile and spent the remainder of our day in Edinburgh at The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn.

Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen by Karen Gadient, 2016

Innis & Gunn makes our favorite beer. Back home in Phoenix, we have to drive hours to Las Vegas to fill our car with bottles just to keep our fridge stocked. And we do, when we can. But it’s not a wide selection, so we were thrilled to sample all the beer we’ve never tried, including limited edition, seasonal (Espresso Barley Wine, how I miss you), and test series brews.

Of course, we got glasses and t-shirts; we couldn’t figure out how to bring a cask head home. Being vegan, the food menu was all sides dishes for us, but we had no complaints because we were given enough tasty chips to keep us upright and get us back to the station. Well, actually, our server pointed us to a taxi, which was lovely after such a long day of walking and beer-sipping.

Edinburgh Waverley by David Gadient, 2016

So, there you have it. That’s how we experienced Edinburgh. You’ll find that our travels might be different than most, but that’s really what travel should be: personal and meaningful to the traveler. Happy travels!


Filed under Family, Food, History, Holiday, Journal, Landscape, Life, Photography, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

26 responses to “Our Day in Edinburgh

  1. Gorgeous photos and weather!

  2. Just wonderful! I want to go there. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  3. I like your travel style….thanks for taking us along.

  4. Lovely to see you and David together! πŸ™‚ I always get carried away with the scenery, things, and flowers….. I often forget about the people in pictures. Thank goodness for willing passing photographers. πŸ˜‰

    Nachos the size of your head?!!! πŸ˜€ This picture made me laugh…it’s a frighting amount of food for me!! https://www.yelp.co.uk/biz_photos/the-auld-hoose-edinburgh?select=-VVXJ341ivSawBm0BAxm2g

    I went to a baked potato restaurant years ago, I think it was called Mr Potato Head. The potatoes were HUGE, and all the same size too, can’t imagine where they got a constant supply of giant potatoes! It was amazing, but don’t think I’d manage to eat that much now. You seem to have enjoyed the food in Scotland, very good to hear that. Food is one half of the holiday!!

    Castles and Scotland just go so well together. I would love to see some those Celtic castles, they must be awesome on the inside too!

    I’m so pleased this big adventure worked out for you both. I really hope you get to go on many more! πŸ™‚

    • We were lucky to find someone we could trust to take our photo. We’ve got only a few pictures of us from this trip, and you don’t get much background with a selfie (I refuse to use a selfie stick).

      Haha, yes, I love that picture too. There are two sizes of nachos at The Auld Hoose: massive and gigantic. We saw a table of three sharing the largest one–no way we could have handled it, especially while also having pints of beer!

      We saw two or three other castles (up close, but others from afar while on the road) on this trip, and I’ll likely show more pictures of at least one of them.

      We had a such a wonderful time that we’re already planning a trip back. πŸ˜€

  5. What fun. I need to travel more.

  6. Jay

    Lovely trip photos.

  7. I would like to travel there

  8. Nice one, Karen. Were you at the castle at 1pm? If so, you would have seen the firing of the “One o’clock gun” which coincides with the dropping of a ball at the top of a tower on Calton Hill. The latter was a historic time signal for ships in the Firth of Forth to set their chronometers.

  9. Hurrah! πŸ™‚ Love the pics, especially of the older sections. I think Americans (ok, me) are disappointed when these lovely old towns that we expect to be all cobbled streets and ancient castles sprout very modern buildings. I don’t want other places to look just like the US, might as well stay home if they do πŸ˜‰

    • You’d like Edinburgh then–it’s gorgeous with that vibe. πŸ™‚ I was at home in Glasgow, which has just as much modern architecture as older. The locals there were incredibly welcoming (we were even given bus fare by a stranger who’d spent some time in New Jersey–small world) and there were a lot less tourists than we found in Edinburgh.

  10. I love Edinburgh, the festival is on soon you’d love it, the arts and culture community literally take over the city with live events on every corner.
    Great photos

  11. Fantastic…gosh I haven’t had a beer since I don’t know when…but the food and beer you 2 experienced sounds…well I hate to say it again but it sounds FANTASTIC πŸ™‚ The photos are wonderful πŸ™‚

  12. Edinburgh looks stunning…. thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. i loved the photographs, dear Karen… Love & best wishes ❀ Aquileana

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