Weekend in Scotland


Mrs G’s Birthday Weekend


This weekend was to be a special for our family as it was to celebrate Mrs G’s Birthday. As I was working on Friday night our son’s to her to Glasgow to see one of her favourite groups, The Lumineers.


The Lumineers (www.thelumineers.com) described in their own website as “A scruffy independent Americana trio out of Denver” but there music is so catchy that you can’t help wanting to sing and chant along.

The Lumineers







I finished my nightshift on Saturday morning and headed up a sleety A68 and over the Borders to Edinburgh.


As we were only in Edinburgh for 24 hours we decided to eat lunch at the very popular Harvey Nichols in St Andrew Square and we were very fortunate to get a table outside on the balcony.  It was very strange to feel warm with the heating whilst having a small snow flurry  (See the lead photograph).

Apartment in the Old Town Chambers








That terrace was impressive, with a lovely view of Princes Steet and the gardens.


After lunch it was back to the Old Town Chambers, the 2 bedroom apartment that we had booked on the Royal Mile (www.booking.com). Although the apartment cost nearly £300 for the night, we would have paid about that if we had booked 2 rooms separately in any of big chain hotels. One thing I have noticed about most UK cities is that weekend rates are much more expensive in comparison to a Tuesday or Thursday night. For example a Saturday night on the 7th May at the lovely Raddison Blu on the Royal Mile will cost you £225 and yet the same double room on the following Thursday is £175. Still a little expensive but £50 cheaper then a Saturday night. If you can go midweek it will be cheaper on most occasions.


After present opening and Champagne it was time to get ready for our evening meal at The Dome in George Street. www.thedomeedinburgh.com. The Dome is considered to be the place to eat in Edinburgh and it didn’t disappoint in any way. We ate in The Grill Room and the whole experience was very grand and memorable.

The Dome







Another excellent restaurant I can recommend is The Outsider, which is situated on    George iv Bridge. www.theoutsiderrestaurant.com. Both restaurants are very popular so you need to be booked up well in advance of your visit especially during the Fringe or on a weekend.

Next morning whilst everyone was still in bed, I was out walking the streets for some good morning shots. I was mainly interested in the local parks and any unusual benches that I might come across. Edinburgh has hundreds of benches, some in parks others on the large boulevards like Princes Street. Its obvious that many people found Edinburgh to be their favourite city because of the number of benches dedicated to visitors who have passed away and wanted others to enjoy the city as they did.

Princess Street
Princes Street Gardens
Beautiful Crown Imperials flourishing in Princes Street Gardens
Waverley Railway Station


After breakfast our son’s started to say bye one by one as William took the train from Waverley back to Leeds and then Thomas was off to the airport for his flight back to London. At least Joseph was coming back to Hartlepool with us or it would have been a very sad journey home. Whilst talking about the Airport. Edinburgh airport is so easy to get to. As you approach the city you drop onto the ring road A702 and it takes you right to the terminal with very little fuss. Edinburgh has flights operated by all the big airlines and at very good prices.


I hope you have enjoyed today’s blurb and if you’ve  never been to Edinburgh, your missing out I promise you.

Cherish every moment as we are always on a clock x (Mrs G’s ) so true.



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