Edinburgh: 7: New Town, Old Town

On the last full day of my holiday we decided to take one last trip into central Edinburgh. I still hadn’t explored the New Town, so that was our main reason for visiting. I enjoyed the New Town; it was lovely, but I didn’t connect to it as much as I did the Old Town. However, on my next trip, I will definitely try to spend more time in the New Town.

We stopped briefly at the Scottish National Gallery and saw a few of the galleries. While I’m not an art person necessarily, I enjoyed quite a lot of what we saw. My favourite piece of art was the Campbell Sisters sculpture, I thought it was beautiful. I even danced on the steps outside, like in the film Sunshine on Leith!

After the National Gallery, we meandered around Princes Street Gardens, looking at all of the daffodils, and then wandered to the Royal Mile to have a quick cup of tea or three in St Giles’ Cathedral cafe.

The last thing we definitely wanted to do was the Museum on the Mound. It is a free museum based around the banking system in Scotland over history. It was really interesting, and I was a lot more excited about this that I thought I would be! I felt like I learnt a lot, but I liked that it was a lot about people as well as an academic look at this.  After the Museum on the Mound we walked past my favourite spots for the last time this trip and made our way back to the station.

Central Edinburgh is one of my favourite places and I really enjoyed our walks around the city. There’s still so many places I want to visit, such as Dean Village, but this will have to wait for another time.

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