Venturing On an Excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland

Oct 31, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth captures gorgeous views in Edinburgh, Scotland, and stops by the "Birthplace of Harry Potter."


As the bus pulled into the center of Edinburgh, my eyes were glued to the windows. I gazed up at the majestic buildings that line the narrow streets. When we stepped off the bus, the right side of the city was full of busy storefronts and people walking to work. On the left was a hill that led up to what seem like Hogwarts. The buildings were decorated with intricate architecture that left me speechless.

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This past weekend I ventured over to Edinburgh, Scotland. This was my first excursion out of the country and it was such an incredible weekend filled with laughter, coffee, and a little haggis! (I liked it!)

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We arrived in Edinburgh early Friday morning and hopped on an Airlink Bus. There is a variety of transportation options available from the Edinburgh Airport. The bus we took was affordable and only took 30 minutes to get to City Center.

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When we arrived in the city, our hostel was not ready so we decided to start exploring. After walking through part of the Royal Mile, we decided to visit the National Museum of Scotland. This museum was a mix of history, art, science, and had a phenomenal rooftop terrace! Everything you need in a museum.

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After a midday nap, we were a recharged and ready to take on Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat was the remains of an ancient Volcano. This mountain is located in the center of Edinburgh and rises above the building. There are two paths that you can take, one that goes up a mountain and the other that leads to an overhang. The sun was setting so we decided to travel up the overhang path.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - On Top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.pngThe top of Arthur's Seat.

After a little searching for the path entrance, we made it up to the top of the overhang in time to watch the sun pass behind the clouds. Arthur’s Seat should definitely be an activity on your list if you have good weather in Edinburgh. The views are spectacular, but I would highly suggest wearing sneakers because it can be a bit rocky!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - With Friends at Edinburgh Castle.pngMy friends and I at Edinburgh Castle.

The next morning, we headed over to Edinburgh Castle. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city and once you reach the top you’ll understand why. This beautiful castle was built into the hills of Scotland and has a long historic past. Built in the 12th century, the castle is full of rich Scottish history.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - Rainbow over Edinburgh, Scotland.pngThe rainbow we saw over the city of Edinburgh.

After walking up the hill you are met with a gorgeous view of East Edinburgh. The weather turned out to be beautiful and we were met with a rainbow at the top of the castle.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - The Elephant House aka 22Birthplace of Harry Potter22 in Edinburgh, Scotland.pngThe Elephant House, also know as the "Birthplace of Harry Potter."

After the castle, we wandered throughout the city and embraced the beauty of the city. One of our last stops of the day was at the Elephant House, the birthplace of Harry Potter. This restaurant is known for where J.K. Rowling wrote part of the Harry Potter series. Yes, I was geeking out the entire time. Inside the bathroom, fans have written notes about their love for Harry Potter. We also stopped at Greyfriar Kirkyard, a graveyard where J.K. Rowling received inspiration for the character names.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - The Walls of Elephant House with Quotes from Harry Potter Fans in Edinburgh, Scotland.pngThe walls of The Elephant House filled with quotes from Harry Potter fans.

I would highly recommend Edinburgh as a trip when traveling abroad! It is only a 30-minute plane ride from Dublin, and is the perfect location for a weekend away. The city is completely walkable and there are a wide variety of walking tours and activity suggestions online to get inspiration. The city is full of rich history and beautiful buildings. It was one of my top places to visit and it was such an incredible weekend!

Thanks Elizabeth!

Elizabeth's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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