Scotland is one of my favorite countries in the entire world. I love everything about it. The rich culture and history, the beauty of the Highlands, the fantastic food. And it will also always hold an extra special place in my heart since that is where Lee proposed to me many moons ago. So when Lee and I realized that we hadn't been back to Edinburgh in 4 years, we knew it was time to hop on a plane and take the baby for a family weekend getaway.
Flying from Amsterdam to Edinburgh
Normally when we fly we choose to go with either KLM or EasyJet. Factors that I look at are price, flight time including any possible layovers, and time of day with the flight. Usually I try to fly when the baby will be going to sleep or taking a nap. Once the plane is in the air, baby L tends to doze right off.
This time we chose to fly with Easyjet on one of their last flights of the night. Unfortunately for us, the plane was 40 minutes late departing due to a sick passenger. Nothing that could be helped, I'm sure. But it meant that we were getting in much later than expected. Luckily since we expected to be arriving late we had already hired a taxi. Having the taxi waiting to pick us up was worth it for such a late night arrival and something I highly recommend for other parents.
A tip when flying Easyjet in Amsterdam
- There will be stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. To get down to check-in, to board the plane, everywhere you can imagine there seem to be stairs. For this reason you may want some help if you're taking a stroller on your family weekend away. We opted to forgo the stroller for the Ergo 360 baby carrier but that choice is strictly personal.
Family Weekend in Edinburgh: Highlights
We opted to Airbnb it in the Grassmarket area. Best decision ever. While lively, it wasn't loud enough to wake us or the baby up at night from the noise. Great view overlooking Edinburgh Castle and easy to walk, take public transport, or taxi to anywhere that we wanted to go. Lee and I mostly stuck around the Old Town and decided to take a peek at places that we had been to when we got engaged.
I'm a sucker for a good scone. This trip we made it a point to go back to the Southern Cross Cafe in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh. Fantastic scones, cute decor, and very family friendly.
Since it is Christmas time, we figured it would be perfect to visit the Christmas markets and other holiday festivities during our family weekend. At the European Christmas market in Edinburgh they had adjacent to it a Santa Village area for the little ones. We got to take the baby on the Santa Train, her first roller coaster, a carousel, the Big Wheel, and then at night time we walked over to the Street of Light for the free show.
Events are going on until January 7th. Check out their website to learn more http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/
Hiking Holyrood Park with a Baby
Besides taking in the Christmas festivities, we also wanted to hike up Holyrood Park and see if we could recreate our engagement photo. Luckily for us the weather was perfect for hiking. A lot of the time you'll get windy conditions that can make hiking, especially when carrying a baby, unsafe. We were very fortunate that this was not the case. So we strapped the baby on my back, made sure we were bundled up, had plenty of water and snacks, and off we went. Beautiful park that I can't recommend enough if you're visiting Edinburgh.