Although only an hour drive from where I live, Edinburgh is not somewhere I’ve spent a great deal of time. I generally go through once or twice a year, usually have a wander round the shops, have some lunch or afternoon tea then head back home. I’ve been wanting to attend the Fringe Festival for the last two years but haven’t been able to make it work due to other commitments and bad planning overall.
Since reducing my working hours slightly I’ve been thinking about heading through on a Friday when I can enjoy and explore without the crowds and extreme busyness that you will inevitably find on a Saturday or Sunday. I haven’t yet managed to keep a Friday clear yet to do that and ended up heading through on a Sunday in a spur of the moment decision mainly due to the beautiful weather and rare free day with no existing commitments.
We headed through, arrived at 11am and parked at the Gallery of Modern Art and headed in to explore. Car parking is only £2 for the day here btw and I’d highly recommend it as I doubt you’ll find anywhere cheaper.
There were only a few rooms open as they were preparing the Andy Warhol exhibition which opened this weekend. On the other side, there were more exhibitions available and we spent some time admiring the art and enjoying an activity I’d usually reserve for a holiday or trip. It’s something we should really do more of in our own country and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
After visiting the galleries, we headed the short 7-10 minute walk down to Dean Village. This is another place I’ve had my eye on for a while but hadn’t managed to dedicate the time to visit. It’s an absolute hidden gem and I truly felt like I was in Norway or Finland (not that I know what they look like having never been) as they had a very Scandi vibe in terms of architecture and character. The area was lovely and quiet for a Sunday morning and there were only a few others around which made taking pictures very easy along with the extremely picturesque surroundings.
We walked and walked and took everything in at a nice pace. We were blessed with glorious weather, clear blue sky and crisp autumn leaves. It’s truly one of my favourite times of year when the leaves crunch underfoot and the sky appears bluer than ever before.
I look forward to exploring more of Edinburgh in the near future.