Exploring Edinburgh

Working at breakfast table

Visiting Edinburgh for the first time for a friend’s wedding was just the best reason for a weekend exploring the city. I went along with a friend who had visited the city several times before, so it was nice not to be completely clueless when we first arrived! We stayed in the most photogenic Airbnb right in the heart of the city, not too far from the Royal Mile and just from browsing the listing for the first time, I knew I would have to get a quick snap sitting at the table, and definitely a snap of breakfast – how could I not?

Portrait at dining table

We decided to get a train up to Edinburgh from Birmingham and even though the journey was a long six hours, it wasn’t too bad as I had all the podcasts and plenty of photo editing to do but don’t get me wrong, I was very pleased to be off that train! After we got settled at the apartment, it was time for a wander and for some much needed dinner. We visited The Outsider which was recommended to us by many different friends and it was a great meal. We shared some whitebait and crispy aubergine for our starter and then I had the biggest portion of moules frites for my main. My friend’s pan fried Hake looked incredible and after editing these pictures, I think I really missed out here! We considered skipping dessert but we decided to share the baked plums with crushed amaretti, honey and vanilla ice cream, definitely one for sharing as it was quite dense!

Outsider Edinburgh Dinner

It stays light for a lot longer in the Summer in Edinburgh as it is so northerly, so it was really nice to walk around while it was still light. The city is beautiful in the day but as it gets darker, the streets become super moody and I was excited to capture as much as possible during our short stay in the city. It’s the first time I’ve properly taken my Fujifilm X-T2 on a night time shoot – so I was looking forward to seeing what my 35mm lens could capture. The architecture, the castle and the sense of history of the city really did make me think of Harry Potter and it’s no surprise that Victoria Street is one of J.K Rowling’s main inspirations behind Diagon Alley – there’s a joke shop at one end too.

not all who wonder are lostOur first evening was super chilled and would set the tone for the next few days as we had our friend’s wedding to attend and another chance to explore the city before we headed home. More photos coming soon!