6 Best Travel Destinations Around Edinburgh, Scotland

6 Best Travel Destinations in and around Edinburgh Scotland, Castle View of Edinburgh, pinterest pin

We started our vacation in Glasgow and drove to Edinburgh. I only drove the wrong way once, but immediately rode over the median, much to the amusement of Scottish onlookers. Oopsy!

I will take you on a photo journey of my six top destinations visited in the last few days.

Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland dramatic outside view

We stayed in Dalhousie Castle for two nights.  With spectacular history and equally fine appointments, I was ready to move in.

Ready to move into Dalhousie Castle

We took a tour of the Rosslyn Church of Da Vinci Code fame. Legend has it, when the Roman Catholic Church tried to disband the Knights Templar, they hid their treasure somewhere in the church. The tour guide told us of a paver which holds much of the building’s energy. The man is stepping on it in the photo. Not expecting much, I stepped on the stone. A chill traveled up my legs as I broke out in a sweat much to the excitement of the elderly docent.

Rosslyn Church stone


Edinburgh Castle is well worth a look.

Edinburgh Castle

Amusement on the Royal Mile.



People walk down cobbled Royal Mile in Edinburgh Scotland, church background


Shoppers Royal Mile Picturesque architecture Edinburgh Scotland

Had a fabulous meal at Maison Bleu.

Maison Bleu - Edinburgh

Stopped by Stirling Castle during a rainstorm.

Stirling Castle Entry

Danny and I seeking shelter under the arch.

Sterling Castle on a rainy day

I could move into this library! The collection of first editions blew my mind and they are available to guests. Amazing.

Library in Dalhousie Castle with sumptuous leather furniture, books and view of grounds

We have to call the bellhop. It’s a half hour past check out. Got to run!

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    1. Hello Lisa! Scotland surpassed my wild expectations. There’s more to come. We took a ferry to an island and visited a blogger friend. We’re in London and heading to Paris. This is the first chance I’ve had to sit and answer comments. 😄

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  1. Yes, thanks for sharing Susie. Scotland is on our bucket list too…ever since we ran to Ireland to check out my family origin only to find out we are from Scotland. Yes so much history. So much to see. Enjoy yourselves! Looking forward to a Must-See list for future travellers.


    1. That’s hilarious! We just recently found out about our Scottish ancestors, so I could’ve easily gone five years ago and been oblivious. We traveled all around the country. Lots more to come including a visit with Nessie. Ha!

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  2. Beautiful photos,Suzi. Dalhousie Castle looks gorgeous on the outside, and such a wonderfully framed shot. You look so comfortable on that bed 😀 Have fun enjoying and immersing yourself into the history and travel safe. Careful driving on the road now 😀


    1. Thank you, Mabel!
      You must know something about the roads in Scotland because they were quite harrowing. I would’ve liked to take that room home with me in my suitcase. There’s more to come about Scotland and a weekend at the bloggers bash in London. In an hour we are flying out to Paris! Lots of adventures to come.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I just now got a chance to sit down and take a deep breath. It’s been a great adventure! There’s more to come about Scotland and a bloggers bash in London. In 15 minutes we’re leaving for Paris. Will post a continuation when I get a chance. (((Hugs)))

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    1. We traveled down the west coast and rooks in the spectacular views, but it’s another island that caught our fancy! More to come…
      Thanks so much for reading, Crabbit Man. I finally got a chance to sit and respond to comments before our flight to France.


  3. Lovely photos! It looks like you were lucky with the weather! 😀

    Did you get up to Arthur’s seat? I want to get up there soooo much but I’ve never managed it. The one time I made sure I had time to walk up, it was raining too hard. 😦


    1. Thanks so much, Jody! We didn’t make the seat nor several other spots, I’m sure, but packed a lot in a few days. More to come about our Scotland adventure and a Bloggers Bash in London! I’ll try to post in a day or two!

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  4. These are some great pics! I’m so glad that you guys are having a great time! That church and castle looks so beautiful. All these pics are good, you know National Geographic is having a photo contest so you know …. I’m just saying.


    1. Cool! I’ll check it out! Thanks so much, Guat.
      This has been an amazing adventure. I plan to post about the rest of our journey in Scotland including a trip to an island to visit a blogging friend then attended a bloggers bash in London! After a fast and furious weekend we are off to Paris. Lots more to come.


    1. Thanks Ted! Lots more in Scotland to report, including a meetup on an island with a blogger friend. Then a Bloggers Bash in London! We’re in the airport, heading to Paris…


    1. You would love it! Two more posts about the Scotland leg of the trip are coming your way… I couldn’t fit everything in one! It is an incredibly beautiful and lush country.
      Thanks for stopping by, Lacey. We are still on our adventure and just now had time to sit down. 🙂

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  5. You have a photographer’s eye, an artist’s flair. I LOVE the old cathedrals and the brick streets . . . and outdoor cafes as a way of life….blissful thing.

    Happy jaunting!

    Peace and happiness to you and Danny


    1. Thank you, Ritu! One more Scotland photo essay posted today, and another is on the way. Then onto the famous blogger’s bash post! I have enjoyed our adventure so much. It has been such a gift! This is the first night we’ve been in before dark. Ha! It was such wonderful pleasure to meet you. Congratulations again on your well deserved award!

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      1. Sorry for the delay in replying Susie. Yes we did enjoy Scotland. The weather not so much. We had a 1 month housesit near St Andrews. Very scenic country which makes up for the lack of sun in summer.🌞


    1. I really didn’t know much about Scotland’s culture and its history until recently. It’s packed with all kinds of interesting characters. You know how us writers love to get our imaginations going… 🙂 I posted another photo essay today and there’s still more about that lovely country. Then it’s on to yours!
      I really enjoyed meeting (and interviewing) you too! I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to go the the Bash.

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  6. Looks like you were able to enjoy fine Scottish weather. Perfect! Although I’ve tried twice, I’ve never made it the length of the Royal Mile. Keep getting sucked into the quint whiskey shops where owners ply me with samples.
    But, based on the great photos, it looks like you’ve had an amazing experience as well Susie. Cheers!


    1. Thanks, Gabe! We didn’t make it far along the mile either. Too much to see.
      We thoroughly enjoyed Scotland. I posted another segment today. There’s one more essay to post and then it’s on to the Bloggers Bash in London. It’s been quite amazing. I’m resting my feet tonight after walking six miles in Paris. Ha!


  7. Oh my gosh– standing on that paver stone. . . reminds me of all your ghost stories! What an amazing trip so far. Looking forward to all the news as you continue your travels!


    1. Thanks so much, Angela! It’s been a “brilliant” vacation filled with old “haunts.” I have been inspired by many old castles, palaces and museums which seem to whisper when we walk inside…. None have come along for the ride, which is a very good thing. Ha!
      I posted another segment from Scotland today and there’s one more before the journey to the Bloggers Bash in London. That was fantastic!


    1. Oh, my gosh! We would love to go some day. Thank you so much! We went to Arran Island and met another fabulous blogger friend. That’s coming up in a post very soon. Have you lived on Skye long? I’ve heard it’s the most amazing place in Scotland!


  8. Susie, the best photo of you ever yet presented upon your blogs, poised in relaxing upon the huge orange bed, it is your smile which blesses many, as your soul deserves such rest and adventure abroad, as my own have been of late’ your trials and fires have been deep and many, surely this adventure shall bring your soul and spirit much needed rejuvenation. I hope when you return that you will share much in your delightful writings and posted photos of your adventures abroad, your favorite romantic stays, and of your elegant and most delicious meals. Meet good hearted people and eat well and delicious foods and drink. And most of all Susie share more of such smiles in photos with us. You and Danny deserve such time together.


    1. Aww! Thanks so much, Brock. It has been a relaxing although hectic vacation. We are just now slowing down in Paris. Finally settled into an apartment and catching up! We’ve had some amazing meals. Good thing we walk about six miles a day. Ha!


  9. I think you are in your element there (and Rosslyn recognize it)
    Enjoying your travels and pictures
    Take care and take time to enjoy as well as taking pictures (We all know Susie’s adventures will be typical wild child and not typical at all)


    1. You know me, Phil! Thanks so much.
      We have been going at quite a pace. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit and catch up! More about Scotland is coming including today’s photo essay. It has been wild, for sure. Just wait until the blogger’s bash post!

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  10. Great photos, Susie! Scotland is gorgeous. If you tell me the “friend on an island” you visited was Barb Taub, I’ll be jumping up and down! I hoped the two of you would meet. Birds of a feather, methinks! Travel on safely!


    1. Thank you, Pat! It’s been an adventure of a lifetime. I loved Scotland. Where did you go in the country? I posted another part today and still have another including visiting a friend! Met a whole bunch of blogger friends in London at the bash. Loads to post about. I hope you’re enjoying your time in France! We are just to the north of you. *waves*


  11. Oh, you’re making me home sick Susie for my old home town, and I went to University in Glasgow too. Two of my favourite cities, what wonderful photos and commentary. Looks like you are having a fun time. Enjoy. 🙂


    1. Hey, Marje! I so enjoyed meeting you at the Bash! I just now had a chance to sit down and catch up. Whew!
      I absolutely loved Scotland and would go back anytime. Such a beautiful country filled with lovely people. More to come! (We’re in Paris.)

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    1. Thanks so much! It’s been a fabulous vacation. There was so much about Scotland to blog, I had to break it into three posts! One today, and one more includes a blogger meetup on an island. I know! Then onto London’s Blogger Bash. That was incredible.

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  12. Aww Susie, you should have saved Stirling Castle for today, the sun is shining and the Queen and Prince Philip are visiting for lunch!!! Fantastic pictures enjoy the rest of your trip xo


      1. It wouldn’t be Scotland if it wasn’t damp!!
        Haha, no I live here…well not in the castle, sadly but in Stirling! I could see all the crowds and security but didn’t manage to catch a glimpse as I had to get back to work!


        1. How is it to share town with such history and royalty? 🙂 I LOVED Scotland. I really want to go back and stay longer in fewer places. The people were so friendly! Reminded me of my Midwestern roots.

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          1. Glad you LOVED it and the people were friendly! Most towns in Scotland, across the UK and Europe are rich in history so I suppose growing up here take it for granted. As I’ve gotten older I can appreciate it and I LOVE how much visitors love the history! I find it so interesting, especially when tourists come to trace back ancestors. 😊


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