Exploring the Capital

This Easter bank holiday weekend I had the children, and rather than escape Scotland to sunnier climates (it’s actually snowing as I type this!), we decided to have a staycation instead. As soon as the schools were out, we grabbed our backpacks and made our way to the train station to head East to the Capital city, Edinburgh. There is an offer with Scotrail at the moment where kids go free, and you can take up to two children for free with an adult ticket. Result!

We were staying at the luxurious Princes Street Suites for the night, which is in an ideal location for exploring the city. The serviced apartment that we stayed in was huge… the kids (& I to be fair!) were so excited when we opened the door to reveal the massive hallway and we promptly ran around all the rooms deciding which bed we’d sleep in for the night. My son claimed the twin room, which had an en-suite shower-room, whilst the littlest and I scored double beds in the other rooms. In addition to the three bedrooms, there was a large open plan living & dining area, with a galley kitchen. It was a pity we were there for just the one night, as I could have happily stayed longer! Anyway, after a quick look round, we dumped our bags and headed straight back out for dinner.

Dawn had recommended we try Wahaca, and we were not disappointed. For a start it was literally a 5 minute walk from our apartment, and the food was awesome. I had steak tacos, smoked salmon tostadas and chicken quesadillas. washed down with a mojito. The kids menu was also great… Mexican food rather than chicken nuggets and chips. My son actually ordered from the adult menu (which he seems to be doing more often now!) and had chorizo quesadillas, and my daughter had the chicken tacos. What really made it special though was the service. The staff were excellent with the kids, and both of them took a shine to our server Joe. They had drawn him some pictures as we waited for our food, and he then hung them on the wall near the kitchen. They were delighted with themselves and were enjoying the attention! We also were given complimentary churros which sealed the deal… ‘best restaurant ever’ according to my son.

On the way back to our digs, we popped into a newsagent to get some supplies… cereal & milk for the morning, and some nibbles for later that evening. Check out was at 11am, so this meant that we could have a lazy-ish morning and not be rushing to get out to a cafe for breakfast. After a restful night’s sleep and a light breakfast, we dropped our bags at reception and walked to the National Museum of Scotland. This was our second visit to the museum, and we discovered so much more this time! It would be very easy to spend most of a day in here. We also had lunch at the cafe on the balcony, which was lovely.

Unfortunately the weather in Edinburgh wasn’t so lovely, and it was very cold & wet. Rather than explore the Royal Mile, we decided to return to Camera Obscura (previous post on our last visit to Edinburgh is here) where we could explore the 5 levels of illusions in the warmth. There was a bit of a queue, but it didn’t take long to get to the front. My son loved this venue the first time we visited, and of course was keen to go back again. I was happy to oblige, as it brings back lots of happy childhood memories. Again, the staff at Camera Obscura were excellent… and kept the kids amused with juggling and tasked them with things to draw as we waited to get into the camera room itself.

By this point we were all getting a bit tired, and hungry… it was nearly time to make our way back to the suites to grab our bags and get the train home. I had originally planned to be home for dinner, but we ended up having pizza in Edinburgh. The kids of course wanted to go back to Wahaca!!

We received a complimentary nights stay in the Princes Street Suites. All opinions are honest, and are our own.


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