Edinburgh Castle + the Hard Rock Cafe

Edinburgh Castle at night

Edinburgh Castle in the day

Edinburgh Castle is a majestic looking thing; it sits perched on a rock watching over the city. 

The castle looks pretty impressive from the front but when you go in through the castle gates, or see it from down on Princes Street, you realise how big it is.

It’s a huge, sprawling castle with paths that take you off in different directions.

My favourite part of any castle is never the inside. It’s the grounds, where you get to look at the beautiful buildings and down on the area surrounding it. It’s in moments like that where I can imagine for a second what it would have been like to live in the castle in it’s heyday.

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle

View of Edinburgh from the castle

The most impressive thing inside the castle was actually something you aren’t allowed to take photos of; the crown jewels.

They were absolutely stunning and every bit as lavish as you expect they would be, but annoyingly it was very, very busy in that particular room. That’s understandable, of course everyone wants to see the sparklies, but I think perhaps there should be a system in place where only a certain amount of people can go in at a time.

After we’d finished at the castle we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. I do not consider that I’ve actually been to a country if I haven’t visited the Hard Rock Cafe there and I their collect t-shirts / hoodies.

The staff at the Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh were great and as usual, they complied with my awkward request to have the twisted mac n’ cheese without the chicken and as usual, it was amazeballs. (There I finally said it in a sentence!)

I also surprised myself by trying something new (I don’t do that very often at all); a strawberry and basil lemonade. It was delicious, I keep meaning to try to make my own.

I completely forgot to take a picture of the Hard Rock Cafe itself because I was distracted by this beautiful building next door. I think it was a fancy restaurant. I don’t really care what it is, to be honest, because look at how beautiful it looks with all those Christmas lights on it.



  • These photos are so lovely Rosie! It has been way to long since I was last in Edinburgh, it is such a wonderfully beautiful city. x

    • Rosie

      Thanks Toni, it’s such a beautiful city. i want to go back right now.

  • Cat

    Wow, those lights on the restaurant next door are gorgeous! I’m so jealous by all the old architecture you guys have in Europe. Here in California, a building is “old” if it’s 150 years old, hahaha. It blows my mind how they could have created such colossal structures without trucks and machines, you know?


    • Rosie

      It’s so pretty isn’t it, I think I stood there staring at it like the aliens out of Toy Story for a couple of minutes.
      It’s really interesting what defines ‘old’ in different parts of the world. When we went to Edinburgh Castle there was an American chap there and he was talking to whoever was with him and he was amazed and so excited by how old some of our history is.

  • dannifred

    looks amazing, i’d love to visit someday!

    xx danielle // shadesofdanielle.blogspot.com

    • Rosie

      It really is, I hope you have chance to visit one day.

  • I love it when I read blog posts about my city from visitors. Edinburgh is definitely an amazing place and I feel privileged to live here x

    • Rosie

      You live in such a beautiful city, I hope I get to visit again sometime soon.

  • I love these pictures! It seems like you’re always off to one amazing place or another and it makes me a bit jealous. And strawberry basil is such a great combination – I love those flavours with gin too!

    xx Kathryn

    • Rosie

      Haha, it’s all from my trip to Scotland between Christmas and New Year if that makes you feel less jealous.
      I’d never even thought about putting strawberry and basil together before but it was so delicious.

  • Edinburgh is so beautiful, loved looking at these pictures! ox

    • Rosie

      Thanks Jennie, it’s such a beautiful city. Looking at the pictures makes me miss it and want to go back.

  • Wow the castle is gorgeous! I think I would be distracted by that building too – I love the lights! (I miss Christmas!)