I’ve heard so many good things about this place and I’ve heard that even celebrities who visit the city know that this is a ‘must visit’ when in Edinburgh. I’ve been here 5 years and haven’t managed to make it there but this year it is happening- chocolatey sundae goodness, I’m coming for you!
Dine at The Printing Press
I love anything writing and bookish related and so this relatively new restaurant on George Street is on my hit list this year. I’m told the décor is all vintage typewriters and Scottish novels so sounds like heaven to me. I’ve been drooling over their menu online and have basically already decided what I want to try…I just need someone to take me on a dinner date.
I made myself giddy with excitement when I found out late last year that the National Museum of Scotland has its own library- how could such a monumental discovery have been kept a secret for so long!!??? If you haven’t worked out by now that I am a complete book nerd (and proud Librarian) then you really need to brush up on your Miss Marple skills. I can’t wait to get a look at these books and probably annoy the Librarians with endless questions about their collection.
Go up the Scots Monument
I pass this monument pretty much every day in Edinburgh and yet I’ve never ventured to the top. I’m told it offers great views of the city and as it’s only a couple of quid to go up, it’s something I really need to get around to doing. It’s also the largest monument to a writer anywhere in the world and you know…books and all that.
Recently re-opening after a major redevelopment project, I’m keen to have a nose around the poetry library. While I admit poetry is not something I’m at all good at, I’d love to see what gems they have in their collection.
Visit all of the Independent Book shops in Edinburgh
I picked up a handy map at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last year that lists some interesting independent book shops in the city. This year I want to make it to all of the ones in the city to scope out their collections and find some new quirky favourite places to spend my money on books to add to my ‘to be read’ pile.
Smack bang in the middle of the Firth is Inchcolm Island which in my mind looks like something like an island from a Famous Five novel. You can get a ferry out to the island and I think it would be a quirky and interesting afternoon on the island (as long as it doesn’t turn out to be anything like Soldier Island in Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’).
Do a Photography Tour of Edinburgh
Last year I bought myself a rather expensive amazing camera to use for my blog and travel writing and nearly a year on I still have no idea how to work the thing properly. I’ve already picked the ‘Iconic Edinburgh Photo Tours’ as the man to help me achieve my photographic skills. The director of this tour is a former Lonely Planet photographer (hello dream job) so if he’s good enough for Lonely Planet, he’s good enough to teach a novice like me.
I’ve always been fascinated by patisserie. It looks so small and complicated and yet so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make some French patisserie and luckily for me, the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers a one day course- I just need to find the time to enrol…especially as their classes fill up months in advance.
Be a Penguin Keeper for a day
I LOVE penguins. They are one of my favourite animals and since hearing about Edinburgh Zoo’s ‘Keeper for a Day’ experiences, it is definitely on my list to do. I don’t mind their fishy smells, it would just be amazing to be up close to them. Edinburgh Zoo also offer other Keeper experiences, so if you fancy it yourself check them out on their website.
Is there something in Edinburgh that’s been on your ‘to do’ list for a while?