I decided on a city break in Edinburgh, Scotland as my last trip of 2015. I had visited Edinburgh in my student days to stay with a friend who was at University there but I really don’t remember much other than stepping off the train on a winter’s evening and seeing Edinburgh castle lit up as it started to snow. Christmas is a magical time to visit the city as it it is geared up for the festive season and it is a small and easy place to shop for Christmas gifts.
The easiest way to get to Edinburgh from London is a direct train from Kings Cross in just 4.5 hours. Those of you who know me already know about my love-hate relationship with the UK train service. Love, because all of London’s mainline train stations are easy to get to and you don’t have the stress of getting to a London airport and through security etc. Hate, because the fares are extortionate – nowhere else do I know of in Europe where traveling by rail (and tube) is so expensive – and a double hate because the trains are always delayed so you are not even getting value for money. Thankfully, the UK is small enough to travel around easily by train meaning the inevitable delays will not result in days or nights stuck in the middle of nowhere. Also, I felt that this was a good time to take advantage of “going abroad” within the UK without Passport controls – which may all change if the Scots opt for another yes/no referendum! Continue reading