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snapshots from edinburgh, scotland.

snapshots from edinburgh, scotland.

happy summer, folks! it’s taken a little bit of time, but i finally have photos culled and edited for the first leg of our UK getaway earlier this year. normally our annual international trips are 2-3 weeks, but because this year landed in the middle of production crunch, i could only get a week off. that’s okay though, we made the best of it, with all the vegas and LA vehicular shenanigans for james's birthday the week(end) before, and then a pretty aggressive one-week UK itinerary. first stop: edinburgh, scotland!

we stayed two nights in edinburgh, at an adorable boutique hotel called eden locke. it was as comfy as it was cute and a perfect location in new town.

the castle, from new town.

since we only really had one full day in edinburgh, we picked just a few things to see in old town and new town, and walked everywhere. we love exploring cities on foot, and old town edinburgh just oozes with history and medieval vibes. i particularly loved the small closes (little alleyways) and courts everywhere.


our first major stop was the castle, which is tourist-y but also felt like a must-see.


the one-o’clock gun.

views from the castle.

the views were spectacular.

scottish national war museum.

stained glass in st. margarets’s chapel.

inside the great hall.

soldiers’ dog cemetery.

cannon pointing at scott monument.

there are free walking guides every hour or so, which was super informative both in hearing about the history of the castle as well as what we could explore afterwards on our own. there are memorials, museums, exhibits, various old prisons and even the honours (crown jewels and stone of destiny) are housed there.

military prison cell.

old POW quarters.

we really lucked out with the beautiful sunny weather in the morning at the castle. after exploring old town just a little bit more, we made our way back through new town. the vibes are so different, yet still very charming and so much to see.

most of our afternoon was spent at the national museum of scotland. it is a beautiful light-filled museum and has a wide breadth of interesting things to see and learn. we only had a couple hours here, but it was well spent.


phones through the years.

world’s largest scrimshaw.

after the museum, we really just continued walking around seeing as much as we could. we stopped in several kirkyards (church cemeteries) and i was generally obsessed with all the cute storefronts in the city.

greyfriars bobby.

greyfriars kirkyard.


i’ll be covering what we ate in edinburgh in my next post, so keep an eye out for that!

edinburgh coffee & eats.

edinburgh coffee & eats.

steak and whisky, hermosa beach.

steak and whisky, hermosa beach.