Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Snap-Happy Scottish Staycation

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Snap-Happy Scottish Staycation

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I'D been looking for a reason to take a trip up to the Scottish capital for a while, and the chance to explore Edinburgh with an expert guide, equipped with Polaroid cameras sounded great. As a relative newbie to the city it was brilliant opportunity for a sneak peak into the city's rich history.

Staying at the Hotel Indigo on York Place meant at the end of a long day of walking up (and down) the never ending hills of Edinburgh, we could relax in the superior comfort that the hotel offers its guests. With giant comfy beds, complimentary snacks and beverages (complete with Iron Bru, of course) and a lovely rainfall shower with Aveda products, it was bliss.

The hotel is located just five minutes walk from Waverley station, so it's very accessible, even with your bags in tow. It's also just around the corner from St. Andrew square where you'll find some luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols and Mulberry, along with a selection of bars and restaurants including Dishoom and Wagamama. Just a few minutes walk further you will find the main shopping street in Edinburgh New Town, where you can window shop for hours.

Turn right from the hotel entrance to enjoy an afternoon of wandering through quaint streets and discovering smaller, boutique stores.

Further along you might also stumble across the foot of Calton Hill - to walk up to the top takes about half an hour and believe us when we say it's well worth the climb, as the peak affords its visitors brilliant views of the city and the sea in the near distance.

Cross the gardens into Old Town and you will find the older, more traditional Edinburgh. With cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and steep staired inclines, this is the Edinburgh that we've read about. After some pacey uphill walks you reach the top of the city - perhaps slightly out of breath - along with the famous Royal Mile. …

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