After Galway, we drove back to Dublin to catch a quick flight to Edinburgh. We had planned to stay several days in Edinburgh and then take a day trip to another town, but one of our days had such crappy weather, and Edinburgh was so cool that we just decided to stay there the entire three days we were in Scotland. Edinburgh is a magical fairytale land. I’m not even exaggerating. There are castles (note the plural) and hidden passageways all over the place. Also, Edinburgh is where JK Rowling wrote the first and the last Harry Potter book so there is a ton of Harry Potter history. We visited the graveyard where JK chose some of the character names from tombstones, walked past the coffee shop where she wrote, and saw the school that Hogwarts was based on.
The first day we just got acclimated to the city and wandered the Royal Mile and then took a tour of the haunted underground that night which was truly terrifying. Definitely the scariest ghost tour I’ve taken (and I’ve taken a lot of them.) Space was so tight that people used to live underneath the buildings in these damp, dark cavelike rooms where lots of terrible things happened. On the second day, we went to tour the castle on top of the city. I was really taken with the story of Mary Queen of the Scots. Did you guys know she died in her early 20’s? Then we so were shocked that it was actually raining and cold (for the first time the entire trip) that we went to see a movie. I know this sounds weird, but it is a thing we have done on every trip to Europe so far, and there is something really special about doing something so normal in such a far away place. On the third day, we walked around the new town and then hiked up Calton Hill for some truly breathtaking views of the city. Edinburgh is like nowhere else. I really hope I can visit it again one day.
All of this was shot on Portra 400, Portra 160, or Ilford Delta 3200 and scanned and process by Photovision.
Great post – the photos are gorgeous!! Looks like such a wonderful trip. Would it be possible to elaborate on ( or where to get more information on) the Harry Potter things you mentioned – particularly the cemetery and the tombstones? Makes me want to jump on a plane and visit.
Thank you Michelle! So apparently JK Rowling used names from tombstones in this one cemetery (Greyfriars Kirkyard) for Tom Riddle (Voldemort!!) and McGonagall. http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/425689/Harry-Potter-fans-flock-to-real-life-grave-of-evil-Lord-Voldemort
Thank you so much for this! I love wandering around old cemeteries when traveling. I think they give you such an interesting perspective on places. I will definitely try to get here when I visit Edinburgh.
I keep trying to narrow down a photo to ask you for a copy, but there are so many wonderful ones i can’t decide!
Whichever one you want darling!
Scotland is my dream trip. I’ve been to Ireland but not yet Scotland. I’d also like to see Wales, which they say is magical, too.
My favorite town in Ireland is Kilkenny. Also, I always suggest people see the west coast (Donegal County).
I loved Kilkenny! I posted some pictures of it a couple of posts ago. Such a sweet little town.
Dreamy! love all your door pictures.