Edinburgh: magic, ghosts, whiskey and haggis

Glorious sunshine and limited time. In true We Found style, we crammed in as much as our post-lockdown legs would allow in order to explore one of our favourite cities in Europe. Edinburgh is just crammed full of history, legends, intrigue and stories to fill your dark tourism interests. From murder and mayhem, witch trials and ghosts, to secret underground streets, magical filming locations and a plethora of hidden gems.

During our day in the city, we managed to fit in a surprising number of visits. We began with the obvious choice of a walk from one end of the Royal Mile to the other, with a quick peek inside St Giles Cathedral and a short stop for a coffee at the famous Witchery, before heading into the castle in time for the 1 o’clock gun, discovering the many treasures and sights behind its walls.

Our afternoon was spent wandering the streets, with a few stops to include the Witches Well, some Outlander filming locations, tiny hidden passageways and the Museum Context for a little ‘Geek Fix’. With the evening approaching, we managed to take a break to enjoy the most delicious meal of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties accompanied by a fine dram of whisky at the Arcade Haggis and Whisky Bar, before heading off for a 1 ½ hour guided city Ghost Tour. Our day concluded with an awesome experience at Cocktail Geeks; a ‘make your own cocktails’ themed bar in the Old Town.

We were fortunate enough to partner with the Grass Market Hotel in Edinburgh for our night’s stay in this historical and mystical city. Located right on the Grass Market Square, surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants. The square marks a particular historical importance as a major trading post and the site of public executions. If your interests stretch to the darker more macabre elements of the past, be sure to pop in to the ‘Last Drop’, located just a few doors down from the Grass Market Hotel.

Specifically, Harry Potter fans will fall in love with the hotel’s closeness to the famous Victoria Street, said to have been the inspiration for Diagon Ally in the Harry Potter series. Just a stone’s throw away (literally, next door), you’ll find this colourful street, lined with gifts and treat shops, in particular the Museum Context, complete with 3 floors of Harry Potter goodies.

The hotel offered us a great base for exploring the old town, and a very comfortable night sleep after a full day of walking, filling our bellies with traditional Scottish fare, and of course, getting more than a little tipsy on whisky and cocktails.

For anyone looking for a fun, clean and comfortable accommodation option within Edinburgh’s old town, the Grass Market Hotel is definitely a safe option. And with their current deals and complimentary offerings, we’d certainly recommend you check them out.

Their current deals for direct bookers include a complimentary bottle of prosecco, late check out, free tea and coffee throughout your stay, dining discounts in their favourite restaurants around the city and a 10% discount when booking on their website with the code ‘SEEYOUSOON’.

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