A few weeks ago Travelodge very kindly offered to send me on a weekend break to Edinburgh to experience Christmas in Scotland. Ofcourse I said yes! Although I do visit Edinburgh quite a bit with work, I haven’t really had a chance to come up this wonderful Scottish city when the lights are up and the Christmas markets are in full swing so I was really looking forward to this little weekend trip away.
And Edinburgh did not disappoint! The Christmas markets here are definitely one of the better ones in the UK selling everything from wooden drummer men to haggis nachos. Complete with two ice skating rinks and a carousel Christmas bar (yes, you read that right!) it stretches from the picturesque Mound, along East Princess St Gardens to the Scott Monument and finishes off with a stunning circular ice rink around Melville Monument in St. Andrews Square. Translation – we had a lot of Christmas market to cover!
The thing that excited me the most about any Christmas market is the food (obviously) and there were options galore at the Edinburgh markets. You had the usual Christstollen, Bratwurst and Strudel that you would find in any German Chirstmas market but I also found a few options that I don’t think you would find anywhere else but in Scotland. Right from Scotch Whiskey coffee to Haggis nachos, I loved all of it!
Seb, Ewan and I tried quite a few things through out the day including the freshly made doughnuts covered in hot chocolate sauce, the white chocolate tea cakes and Haggis nachos (you just have to when you are in Scotland!) which were all absolutely delish.
My favourite part of the Christmas markets however, had to be the carousel bar near the Royal Scottish Academy end of the market. It’s a bar in a carousel! What’s not to like? They also serve up a mean Gluehwein which we obviously made the most off.
Turns out our little horse was a big fan of the Gluehwein too!
We were also really lucky to be visiting on St. Andrew’s Day and we were more than happy to join in on the celebrations. Edinburgh put on a great show with quite a few performances in a specially built stage in St. Andrew’s Square. I especially loved Edinburgh’s Got Soul; a soul choir from the city who got people dancing to their soulful singing (see what I did there?!)
There is so much to do at the Edinburgh Christmas markets and we spent the rest of the day trying out different things in the market. Did you know they have a Christmas tree maze here? You could easily spend a few days here and still not make the most out of everything the markets has to offer.
When we were done exploring the Christmas markets, we had a great bed to go back to in our Rose Street Travelodge which was a two minute walk from the markets. It doesn’t get more convenient than that! I slept like a baby in the Travelodge Dreamer bed in our room – probably one of the best hotel beds I have slept in in a very long time.
The Edinburgh Christmas Markets is still on and will be up and running till the 4th of January. If you are feeling the Christmas blues, it’s a great little place to relive Christmas and banish those holiday blues. Make sure you visit the Edinburgh Christmas website to plan your trip and make the most out of your time in Edinburgh.Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Travelodge but all opinions are my own as always.