Autumn in Edinburgh

27 Oct

Like Paris there is no bad season to visit this magnificent city. Edinburgh’s spring brings a kaleidoscope of colours in its gardens, summer brings festivals and great, green open spaces, while winter’s wind and snow drive us into cosy pubs and bars, cheeks aflush from whiskey and warm fires.Duddingston Loch above and Arthur’s Seat below with a helicopter hovering October 25th.

My favourite season though is autumn. Leaf shades from ochre through red to lemon yellow light up the skyline.

Portobello Beach Esplanade with its cute cafes, swimming baths and bracing onshore winds is a magnet.

And it’s the perfect season to get out to run or walk in the gardens and parks followed by a scrumptious high tea Scottish style complete with piper and harpist.

Do stroll the vast Edinburgh Botanic Garden with its magnificent glasshouses followed by a good lunch in the restaurant.


Shopping is top notch too. Whimsical specialty stores for men and cyclists caught my eye.

And in the evenings theatres and music venues have something for all tastes. We loved Traverse Theatre’s invited artists, Furnace Mountain, from Shanendoah Valley, Virginia, who played a solid two-hour set of Appalachian Roots – astonishingly good musicians. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our autumnal visit and look forward to our next Edinburgh instalment in February for the Rugby Six Nations.

2 Responses to “Autumn in Edinburgh”

  1. Heather Watt October 28, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    Looks like you have hit the weather too Sharon. We have been lucky and while on the west coast they had rain in the East. Now that we are on the East coast there is rain in the west. Scotland is beautiful but best without rain. Long may it last. Enjoy and see you soon.

    • Sharon Tickle October 28, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Never a truer word spoken Heather. Looking forward to our catch up in Aberfeldy! S&Sxx

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