As soon as I told people we were going to Edinburgh for a couple of days, I was flooded with recommendations. As a result, I was so excited for our visit to celebrate Ross’s 30th birthday, with two nights at the Rabble hotel. I had always fancied a trip to Edinburgh, especially in December when Christmas basically throws up all over the city in the most fabulous way. When I found £50 return flights from Bristol, I was sold! Here are a few “must do’s” if you are planning on visiting Edinburgh in December.
I hadn’t realised that the markets are dotted all over the city. Whilst the largest takes over Prince’s Street Gardens, there’s also the Ice Rink on St Andrew’s Square and George’s Street with it’s amazing fairy light dome. First of all, the markets house the usual small business trinkets and treasures, but of course we were here for the food. Bratwurst, crepes, waffles and chip sticks, you could happily eat your way around the Christmas markets. Just try not to throw it all up on the merry go round! Whilst I’m on food and drink, don’t forget Edinburgh has a Hotel Chocolat café, their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is one of the best things that has ever passed my lips!
We stayed at Rabble, and I knew we had made the right decision the second we arrived. My style is Scandi and cosy, and Rabble is exactly that, v v instagrammable! Whilst this hotel would be amazing all year round, the Scandi Christmas décor and festive scents that fill the air make it the perfect choice for a December break. Fairy lights, twigs and white decorations everywhere! It is a boutique hotel attached to a bar and restaurant, where we ate the yummiest breakfast…Ross said it was the best pancakes he had ever eaten. The outdoor area is super cute too…cosy nooks perfect for a catch up with friends under a blanket. Familiar with Hygge? From the blankets on the beds, to the candle lit atmosphere, this place is all over the Hygge vibes.
This is literally Christmas heaven, I was so blimmin’ excited to finally visit. I spotted it from a mile off as I spied the pillars adorned with garlands and fairy lights. Step inside and it is so Christmassy it is almost overwhelming. A tree bigger than any you have ever seen before and more fairy lights than a YouTubers backdrop, not to mention the all consuming Christmas scent that surrounds you the second you step in the door. The Dome is a fab location for dinner or afternoon tea, though we just stopped by to admire the bar.
Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
You can’t visit Edinburgh without wandering up the Royal Mile and gazing at the castle. Ok, so admittedly there isn’t anything specifically Christmassy about this one, but the architecture and history mean it is a must do. You can gaze down at a fab aerial view of the city and the Christmas markets from the castle! At the other end of the Royal Mile is Arthurs Seat, where the views are unmissable. Due to a biting cold wind, we decided not to trek all the way to the top, but the views were still pretty epic! If you are looking for a quick, affordable, YUMMY meal around Royal Mile, give Wings a visit. You clearly have to love chicken wings to go there, but ermigaaad if you do love them you will LOVE this place! I also had their tortilla chips and I think I’m literally still dreaming about them.
There is so much to do in Edinburgh, whether history is your thang, or mooching from shops to quirky bars and restaurants. We also popped into the National Museum,, and had a delish breakfast at The Pantry in Stockbridge. My advice if you are thinking of visiting? Do it! It was such an easy peasy trip, we parked at Bristol airport, where the car was walking distance from the airport. The flight was 1 hour, and we used the tram from the airport to the city. I’ll say it again, £50 return flight, crazy!
Images by @richross66 // and me!
“Jingle Belle” tee – Joules