Edinburgh's New Town

On day two of our UK + Ireland road trip, we left our hotel in Dundee, Scotland and took the scenic route to Edinburgh. One of our stops along the way was the historic golf course in St. Andrew's, which I recommend, even if you're a non-golfer like myself, for it's dramatic coastal views.

Edinburgh's gray skies and wind gusts didn't deter us from exploring the New Town district ("new" as in the eighteenth century versus medieval times).

As a starting point for our self-guided tour, we chose Princess Street Gardens with it's panoramic views of the Old Town converging on the New. This park is just across the street from all of the shops and department stores on Princess Street and is a short walk from other Edinburgh highlights. 

Just be sure to mind the seagulls in Princess Street Gardens. They frequent these paths too!

We also visited the National Portrait Gallery, which is free to enter and well worth a look around if you can spare the time. 

Rose Street, with its charming lanes, offered more shopping as well as several restaurants and bars.

For lunch, though, we visited Dishoom, a Bombay style café. I have to say, this was my favorite meal of the entire trip. I ordered the vegetable samosas, chili malai pomelo salad, and tea of course. Dishoom's Edinburgh location in on St. Andrews Square in the New Town .

After lunch, we spent some more time walking New Town. When it started to rain, we took cover inside Edinburgh Castle. 

Until next time, Edinburgh!