I was busy attending my parents who came to UK recently and we had a chance to make a short trip to Edinburgh for three days and two nights. It was last minute plan. Few days before travelling, we managed to rent a car and book a place for two nights stay. Unfortunately, when we arrived in Edinburgh to check in, the booking did not go through as the innkeeper did not receive the booking number from the website that we used for booking and worse off there were no vacancy at that time since it was peak season.
Feeling unhappy we searched for rooms at other several guest houses at the nearby streets. Luck was on our side that we finally found two double rooms available at Thrums Hotel for the price of £130 per room per night inclusive halal breakfast, private parking and wifi. The friendly owner informed us that there was last minute booking cancellation and we were lucky.
We were getting excited! After checking in Thrums Hotel, we got ourselves the city map and information from the receptionist and took the bus to the Edinburgh city. On our first day in Edinburgh, we were welcomed by heavy rain. However, there was festival going on in the city that even it was raining, people are still busying around the city. Every year in August there would be festival going on in Edinburgh known as the Edinburgh and Fringe Festivals. I have read somewhere either in a magazine or lonely planet travel book stating that this festival is an annual event since 1947. Based on history, there were 10 theatres did not go through in the main show and they gathered independently created another event. Thats what I understood. So, along the street in the middle of Edinburgh city, the performers were promoting their shows. There are comedies, puppets, plays, dancing and singing shows being promoted and these shows would be on going until at the end of August.
Since it was raining, we decided to make indoor activity. Instead of shopping for souvenirs on our last day, we made it on the first day. My parents bought lots of souvenirs for families back home and my husband bought me a traditional Scottish winter coat. In the evening, the rain started to fade. Only my husband and I decided to walk around the city to observe the night life in Edinburgh. There were too many events going on that night and more people turned up. I managed to capture few shots of nightlife using my iPhone camera.
We ended our night walking tour at 11.00 pm and headed back to Thrums Hotel.
The next day was a sunny day in Edinburgh though there was slight drizzling. We took the Edinburgh Heritage Tour Bus which cost us £16 per adult. The hop and on bus ticket could be used 24 hours counted from the time of purchase. The tour guides (this is made in plural because as we hop and on, we kept meeting different tour guide) were really good. We learned that Edinburgh is divided into Old Town and New Town. It took 50 years (correct me if I am wrong) to build up the New Town. The division of towns by the crossover bridge remind me of Salzburg in Austria. The tour guides also told us about the history of Georgians and Victorians who lived in Edinburgh and how much the architecture of the buildings in the city are influenced by these two clans. The tour bus took us to few stops such as the Botanic Garden, Castle, Scottish Parliament and Arthur Seat. I hope to come again to Edinburgh to climb the Arthur Seat which I did not have the chance to climb on this trip.