The Easter break was the perfect excuse for a mini break, and I chose Edinburgh, Scotland.
The home of tartan and whisky, Edinburgh is only four and a bit hours from London on a fast train, and totally worth a visit to take in history, good food, the city buzz and clean, Scottish fresh air!
A lot of walking calls for an easy outfit. This tulip print sweater by Louche is warm and comfortable, yet suitably bright and fun for spring.
You can spot Edinburgh Castle the moment you step out of the train station, and what a sight it is. Standing proudly at the top of a volcanic hill, it’s easy to walk around the entire perimeter of the castle and take in views from all angles, each one very different from the next.
Inside, the cannons, crown jewels, grand hall and prisons remind you that this great landmark is steeped in history.
Onto my bed for the night at the amazing Hotel Missoni. Beautifully designed and decorated as you would expect with anything attached to one of Italy’s most iconic fashion houses, I could have spent my entire trip hanging out here!
On arrival, doormen wearing Missoni kilts greeted and welcomed me into the foyer adorned with spectacular giant Missoni vases.
I stayed in a junior suite, with separate bedroom and living quarters overlooking Edinburgh’s knockout cityscape. Striking Missoni patterns decorate sofas, coffee cups, bedclothes, plant pots and more.
When room service doesn’t appeal, Hotel Missoni’s Cucina restaurant serves Italian delights all day, while the cocktail bar is the perfect spot to slow down for a minute – an extensive cocktail list complements a sweeping curved bar.
In addition, this hotel offers a gym, treatment spa, meeting rooms and Hotel Missoni shop where you can snap up Missoni home goodies and accessories.
A quick change into something smarter for whisky tasting and dinner… This leather t-shirt from Mollie King’s Oasis collection is such a great colour, smart yet simple for exploring Edinburgh’s bar scene.
First stop, whisky tasting. A tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience is an absolute must for whisky novices and connoisseurs alike.
You’ll learn how whisky is made and about all the distilleries in Scotland. Plus, you get to snoop around the largest whisky collection in the world, pictured below.
On recommendation I tried The Devil’s Advocate for dinner. So. Good.
Located in an old pump house hidden away on a cobbled lane just around the corner from the Hotel Missoni, this bar and kitchen is the kind of place you visit for a drink and end up staying the whole night.
To start, I shared black haggis bonbons with coriander, cucumber and chilli, and smoked salmon tartare, watercress, creme fraiche and toast. Delicious. For main, the spring lamb, black pudding mash and greens with mint jus was super tasty.
Now I’ve caught the Scotland bug, I can’t wait to go back.