I have always loved visiting Princes Street Gardens. The gardens are right over the road from Edinburgh’s main shopping street and as a teenager I used to go there with my friends for a break after a long day’s window shopping. In the summer we’d have picnics there, usually involving a sandwich from Marks and Spencer and a Mr Whippy ice cream from the van. The gardens are the perfect place for people watching. People gather there no matter the time of year to eat, read and chat in the outdoors. If it’s a nice day there are always people sunbathing. Yes, sunbathing in Scotland!
This week my mum and I took Euan for a walk in the gardens. Even though it’s November and should be raining by now, we were lucky enough to get gorgeous weather. It was cold but the sun was shining, perfect weather for a walk.
We entered the gardens at the west end. There are stairs rather than a ramp at the west end so it’s not the best way to enter with a buggy but we like a challenge! The west end of the gardens is where the play park is and we wanted to give Euan a go on the swings.
It looks like I was enjoying the park more than Euan but he did love it, honest!
Princes Street Gardens used to be a moat designed to protect Edinburgh Castle which you can see in the background of this photo. If you’re there over lunch time you can hear the one o’clock gun sent off from the castle.
We then walked through the park towards the east end of Princes Street.
I couldn’t resist taking this photos. Euan’s buggy tones in so well with the autumnal colours!
One of the nicest things to show kids in Princes Street Gardens is the floral clock. More about that in a later post.
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