…contrary to popular belief. Take it from someone who learned this lesson the hard way. When I traveled over to Scotland with my best friend my senior year of high school, I got teased by her extended family for pronouncing their country’s capital wrong. See, my best friend is a Scotland native and lived there until she was 8. The locals actually pronounce it “Edinburrah,” as does she, but she also says crazy things like “boot” of the car instead of “trunk.” Fully embodying the ignorant American tourist stereotype, I was convinced my pronunciation (the one that rhymes with Pittsburgh) was the right one and refused to make a fool of myself by saying “Edinburrah.”
Pronunciation aside, this city is beautiful. Edinburgh is a harmonious mix of historical prestige and a youthful, vibrant energy. If I ever study abroad, Edinburgh will be my first choice, and if I don’t, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up living there one day. From the second we walked out of the train station and saw the skyline for the first time, it was love at first sight.
View of the Edinburgh skyline from a distance
For this post, instead of shining light on a particular restaurant like I usually do, I want to share with you two of my personal favorite Brit delicacies: black pudding and shepherd’s pie. Oh my gosh. I’m dying just thinking about them. Not really, but seriously, they’re delicious.
Disclaimer: black pudding is not pudding, and shepherd’s pie is not actually pie. Black pudding is a blend of sausage and onions, and other ingredients that I don’t care to mention on here due to not wanting to make any poor reader throw up.
This “black pudding” tastes much better than it looks, I promise.
Shepherd’s pie, on the other hand, is not quite as adventurous ingredients-wise as black pudding. A traditional dish with a meat base and a mashed potato topping, it is rich, filling perfection; a two-in-one main dish and side, if you will.
Shepherd’s pie - a perfect marriage of meat and potatoes
As much as I would love to tell you about quirky, hidden-gem types of attractions, there are reasons why Edinburgh castle is so famous. The castle (actually composed of many buildings that form a compound) sits atop a hill overlooking Princes Park and houses many of the Queen’s jewels.
Edinburgh Castle is a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece.
As far as lodging goes, we actually didn’t stay in the city itself so I can’t give accurate advice on that. It’s hard for me to put into words how special this city is – you’ll just have to find out for yourself! Instead of giving you a bunch facts and a list of things to do, what really struck me about this city is that it truly has its own magic that can only be experienced when you’re there.