As Summer is well and truly in full swing, it might be time to start thinking about what to do when the weather finally cools off … OK I know I am the first to moan when the weather is cold and wet … but really in this heat its too much to do anything.
Autumn is a fab time to visit Edinburgh, the cold bite of winter hasn’t set in but the noise and chaos of the festival crowds have long since gone, leaving behind a much calmer, more mellow atmosphere to enjoy the city in. With lots of great deals on trains and flights, Edinburgh is a great destination for a fantastic city break without the hassle of having to leave the UK. When it comes to a bed for the night, a Travelodge hotel in Edinburgh is a great option for a great value, centrally located room.
If you do get chance to travel this Autumn, here are a few places where you’ll experience autumnal Edinburgh at its best:
Edinburgh Farmer’s Market
What better way to spend a Saturday morning than wandering around Castle Terrace soaking up the sights, tastes and smells of Edinburgh’s famous farmer’s market, with the imposing and iconic Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop? This is a great way to spend a morning in Edinburgh at any time of year, but at harvest festival time, when the fruits are at their juiciest and the vegetables at their most colourful, it’s especially wonderful. As well as the healthy stuff, sample meats, cheeses, chocolates and myriad other delicious artisan products from Scotland and further afield. With all these tantalising tastes and smells around, you’ll soon work up an appetite, so make sure you get lunch from one of the many fantastic stalls.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Botanic Garden is a haven of tranquility and calm set in the grounds of Inverleith House in the genteel, Georgian North Side of the city where wide streets, cosy cafés, traditional pubs and quirky boutiques replace the hustle and bustle of the city centre. What could be more pleasant than a stroll among the red, gold and yellow-leaved trees in the late September sunshine? If it’s feeling warm, bring a picnic to soak up the last of the sun’s rays – otherwise stop off in the excellent café for a delicious slice of cake to go with your afternoon cup of tea.
Princes Street Gardens
If you’re arriving into Edinburgh by train, Princes Street Gardens are the last thing you’ll see before you pull into Edinburgh Waverley Station. This city centre green oasis is a favourite spot with tourists, office workers and weary shoppers alike. In spring it’s alive with daffodils and tulips but at this time of year, it’s just as beautiful in a more muted way. Make time to sit down on one of the many benches as it’s as good a spot for people watching as it is for snatching a bit of precious time with nature in the middle of the city, sandwiched between the main shopping drag of Princes Street and the imposing skyline of the Old Town set on Castle Rock above.
Don’t forget Edinborough will have some super shopping environments to purchase your Christmas shopping … if like me you like to buy early!
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