Celebrating in Edinburgh – Hogmanay

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New Year’s Eve was our first full day of exploring in Edinburgh and we saw so much. From the Castle to the Royal Mile, there were endless photo opportunities – and I took pretty much every one! Here’s a selection…

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Our first stop was the Grassmarket area, where I had it on good authority (from Cait and Rosie) that there were lots of lovely vintage shops and cute cafés to be discovered. Unfortunately many places were closed for the holidays so there wasn’t much chance for bargain hunting. I’ll definitely be back another time though, as pressing my nose against the glass of each shop wasn’t quite the same!

We carried on walking and soon reached Edinburgh Castle aka The Windiest Place on Earth. Not the best day to wear a dress, but the views from the top were spectacular and the thoroughly Scottish shops along the Royal Mile made up for the lack of shopping earlier.

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Walking down the Royal Mile was a great experience – there are so many nooks and crannies covered in twinkling lights, and I had fun nipping in and out of the various wool and cashmere shops searching for the perfect tartan scarf (which I eventually found – evidence below!).

Edinburgh is a very patriotic city and Scottish heritage can be seen on every corner, particularly in the form of bagpipe players!

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Dress, ASOS | Coat, French Connection | Boots c/o Zalando | Scarf, Edinburgh Cashmere | Hat, Zara | Gloves, French Connection | Bag, Mulberry

Our daytime adventures ended at Edinburgh Zoo, where we saw the famous Giant Pandas, monkeys, exotic birds, wild dogs and an amazing pair of rhinos. It was fantastic to see such endangered animals up close, and the keepers were so knowledgeable and passionate about their conservation. Sadly we were so unbearably cold by this point (seriously, Scottish people – you’re a hardy bunch. I thought us Yorkshire folk were tough!) we didn’t make it all the way round, but we’ll definitely be back in the summer for a glimpse of the big cats.

As night fell and after a refresh back at our apartment, we headed back out to take part in the spectacular Hogmanay celebrations on Princes Street. I didn’t take my camera, but for photos from the night and more snaps of our trip, take a look at my Instagram feed.

Rob and I are on the train heading back to Leeds now and I’m so sad to be leaving. I’ve fallen head over heels for the Scottish capital and am counting down to my next visit. What a great way to see in 2013!

Happy New Year everyone! Let me know if you’ve ever visited Edinburgh – I’d love to hear your travel tales.



I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh, especially over New Year so I’m really jealous!
It sounds like you had an amazing time and your scarf really is the perfect tartan 🙂
Happy new year, emmerliejay x

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Looks like you had a fantastic time. I’ve wanted to visit Edinburgh for ages. My mum went a few years ago and loved it. My family’s got Scottish roots, and while she was there, she was able to find out more about the Scottish side of our family, and the clan tartan we can wear, which was pretty cool.


I went to Edinburgh in September and loved it. It sounds like I did a similar trip to you. I hope the Pandas have a baby so I have another excuse to visit. 🙂


I visited Edinburgh for the first time last February and fell completely head over heels for it! It’s a shame that so much was closed – Grassmarkets is so gorgeous – think my favourite was popping into The Last Drop for a winter Pimms. We’re heading up again in May – can’t wait!


Lovely photos Jen, looks amazing & I hope you had a wonderful New Year.
I visited Edinburgh for my 21st and loved it, I’d like to visit again soon xx


Lovely photos, I adore that scarf it really suits you! Me and Mr Bertie did Edinburgh Hogmanay on our second NYE together (2009)we LOVED it! I haven’t been back since but plan to and these photos have encouraged me to get another trip arranged pronto!!

Happy New Year!
Janine xx


I’d love to head up to Edinburgh again, the last time I visited I was only about 7, and celebrating Hogmanay’s definitely on the Bucket List! xoxo


I was also there last night, although it’s only down the road for me! I had no idea it would be that windy and like an idiot I wore a hat. Glad you enjoyed our amazing city. x


Its lovely to see you enjoyed my hometown! I was there celebrating hogmanay as well, it’s the best place to be to bring in the year!

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I was there too, wasn’t it an amazing night?!!
Sadly we arrived at 2pm on New Years Eve and had to leave at 11am on New Years Day 🙁 So we only got a brief glipse at the beautiful city.
We had an amazing time though and are hoping to head back in Febuary.
Please you had a great time 🙂
Happy New Year xxxx


I actually live in Edinburgh. It’s pretty cool. Been here for some time now but seeing Edinburgh Castle pop up on my way to work is still quite amazing. Glad you enjoyed your birthday! x


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