England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 5

December 8, 2013

Once Trafalgar had showed us some of England’s highlights, it was then time to depart for Scotland.  En route to Edinburgh, we made a stop at the medieval market town of Alnwick.  The crown jewel of this town is the 700 year old Alnwick Castle; home to not only the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, but the first two Harry Potter films.

This living castle, despite being an incredible tourist attraction, is still a family house to this day.  The magnificent venue is filled with glorified state rooms, centuries old furniture and art, and a history that is both dramatic and intriguing — the ideal backdrop for a movie such as Harry Potter.

Lunch was served in the neighboring Treehouse Restaurant in the gorgeous Alnwick Gardens courtesy of VisitBritain.  It was a magical place to dine in, in fact it is considered one of the most unique restaurant settings in the world with a roaring log fire in the center of the main dining room and trees growing up through the floor.  The locally sourced food was as equally impressive as the surroundings.

Later we continued onwards and as we approached the Scottish capital the scenery became even more captivating.  Just as we crossed the border we were greeted with a double rainbow!

In the early evening, we checked into the APEX International Hotel Edinburgh, which had a breathing view of the Edinburgh Castle.  I was so close I felt that if I reached out I could touch it.

Dinner was served in the legendary The Witchery on the Royal Mile, where we celebrated our first night in Scotland.  This destination restaurant is considered almost as iconic as the castle itself.  Andrew Lloyd Webber considers it “the prettiest restaurant ever”.

Edinburgh, Scotland
As much as I enjoyed my time in England, I was even more excited to return to Scotland.  It had been a decade since I had last visited over a Christmas holiday break.  I was not able to experience the country as I had hoped, since my arrival was in conjunction with a blizzard, however now that the weather was temperate it was perfect for exploration.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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36 thoughts on “England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 5

  1. Rashad Pharaon

    Incredible architecture – the stone walls of the castle are perfectly accentuated against the green rolling hills and trees. Looks like you’re there at the perfect time of year!

  2. Sarah Grace

    The photo of the double rainbow, which is highlighted by the contrast of the rich green fields and dark sky, is absolutely stunning.

  3. Colleen Brynn

    I visited Scotland during winter too and caught the magical Christmas market in Edinburgh. Oh, I still dream of that… I would LOVE to go back… I feel like I need to see a whole lot more of Scotland.

  4. Melanie Fontaine

    This makes me itch to go back to Scotland! My boyfriend and me traveled there last year and it we had such an amazing time there! 🙂 In my opinion, Scotland has some of the most beautiful castles in the world!

  5. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    Gorgeous photos! You have me itching to return to Scotland. I was only there for a weekend five years ago which you know is not enough! That restaurant looks incredible – I will definitely be adding it to my itinerary!

  6. Gayla

    Alnwick is an amazing place to visit. Though I enjoyed seeing the family’s personal items inside, the high point was watching the children’s entertainment with Dumbledore, Hagrid and Professor McGonagall.
    More exciting for me than England is Scotland and I adored Edinburgh!
    p.s. Beautiful photos!

  7. Victoria

    What wonderful photos you have Andi. We got back from Scotland ourselves just a few weeks ago. Scotland is such a gorgeous place.
    I remember The Witchery. We wanted to go there for a nightcap but they were closing! ‘Looked good though 🙂


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