Celebrating my Mum's 60th birthday
Where we stayed
We stopped at this beautiful Georgian apartment in Stockbridge. It has three double bedrooms, a good sized kitchen and dining space and a huge cosy lounge. There was everything we needed to spend a weekend there. Lucy (the host) kindly left us a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge for Mum's 60th and told us to help ourselves to any condiments.
The apartment was only a short walk away from Princes Street but Stockbridge itself is a quirky part of Edinburgh. It has some lovely shops and bars and on a Sunday there is a food market about a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
The apartment is on the top floor, which I think is up 6 or 7 flights of stairs and unfortunately there isn't a lift, which would make it tough for anyone elderly or impossible for anyone who requires wheelchair access. There is parking outside on the single yellow lines which is fine to park on over the weekend but you must move before 8:30am on Monday. There are a few car parks nearby you can pay for though.
If you are interested in booking, you can find it here.
The Last Word Saloon
We enjoyed some really good cocktails at The Last Word Saloon in Stockbridge, literally a 3 minute walk from the apartment. There are lots of delicious cocktails to choose from from their menu but I did ask the waiter for his suggestions. We had espresso martini's, porn star martini's, gin based cocktails with a citrusy kick and a very strong one with absinthe! To be honest, they were all strong and I'd say certainly worth the £7-£8 price.
Went shopping but didn't spend any money...
I tried on this gorgeous wax Barbour jacket that I've been wanting for ages but resisted because I'd rather put that money towards getting the house finished. Also tried on some ace hats from Barbour and Levi, which I loved but I never wear hats. I think I just wanted to try and be a little 'cool' because I was in the city. I love visiting cities because I love to see what everyone else is wearing but it also annoys me that I don't have anywhere to wear nice clothes to when I'm home because all we do is work, exercise (sometimes) or go walking so there's no need to wear trendy stuff because it's not practical! When we get the house done though, I'm going to invest in some pieces I've been dying to get my hands on for ages and then I can actually do my make up and wear nice things once in a while!
My first time in Edinburgh was great, I just wish we could have stayed a little longer and booked restaurants and things to do in advance, as there weren't any tickets for the castle or the dungeons, two things I really wanted to do. I'm 100% going to return as soon as I can as I'd love to go with Josh for Christmas or for our anniversary later this year. A few recommendations were to drink cocktail at the Dome, walk to Arthur's Seat, drinks/food at the Ivy, spend an afternoon at Camera Obscura and a few other restaurant recommendations.