This weekend was my first one off since May, and it was definetely well spent as I got the chance to explore Edinburgh for the first time.
High up on my list of places to go was the Royal Botanic Gardens. Our first day in the city was lovely and sunny so we decided to go and see it in the afternoon.
You can walk to the gardens from the city centre and it only takes around 20 to 30 minutes, alternatively you can grab the number 8 bus (£1.70 for a single journey) – which appears to be very regular – or a taxi for about £4.00 – £5.50.
It’s definitely worth the short trip out from the city centre as there’s so much to see. Whether you’re into trees, tropicals, alpines, or flowers, there really is something for everyone.
The Queen Mother Memorial Garden is situated at the Royal Botanic Garden, and is a must-visit. She loved the outdoors and gardening, so it’s there in honour of one of her favourite hobbies.
There’s also a couple of Cafes on site, where you can get everything from a coffee and a small snack, right through to a proper lunch. We stopped off for some local cuisine (Irn Bru and shortbread!) halfway round and it was lovely to sit out in the sun and take in our surroundings.
The Garden is free to visit but there is a donation box by the entrance. You can pop cash in the box or they also have a contactless payment option where you donate £3. Please do consider donating as it makes sure places like this can continue to stay open.
Definetely swing by the gift shop on your way out. You can pick up some fantastic books, homewares, and prints – treat yourself or someone else!