Where We Ran - Springtime Snow In Edinburgh

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What we planned: A springtime weekend in beautiful Edinburgh.  What we got: Snow.  And lots of it!

Luckily Edinburgh only gets more and more beautiful after fresh dusting of powder so we threw on an extra layer and hit the road anyway.

Where We Ran

With the cold winds roaring and an afternoon by the fireplace in the pub calling our names, we opted for a nice and manageable 5km on a Sunday morning, avoiding the main tourist areas (and hills) where possible). 

We started at the Castle Rock hostel which offers a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle.  We did a warm up lap up and down the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile.  

From here we ran along Castle Terrace to Lothian Road, then straight across to Queensferry Street. We followed this along to Dean Bridge.

If you run over the bridge and look back you're treated to a very beautiful of the city and the old townhouses (p.s. I'm definitely going to own one of these one day) but we recommend staying on the side you came from, and running through Dean Village.  

Dean Village is a quaint little village right by the Water of Leith. It was previously the centre of grain milling in the city and the remnants of this are dotted throughout.  Particularly in the snow, it is an extremely picturesque place to visit and just a short walk from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art if you want to take a break from your run.

From Dean Village run along the Water of Leith until you hit Stockbridge.  You can't miss this adorable part of town with streets lined with elegant Georgian and Victorian houses and plenty of locally run businesses.

Don't miss Circus Lane, probably the most photographed road in Edinburgh (I'm going to own a house here too, by the way!), this beautiful little mews has gorgeous historic homes lining the cobbled street. 

If you're lucky enough to be running on a Sunday finish up at the weekly Stockbridge Farmers Market. You can nibble and sip your way though the market and get stuck into anything from paella to a push pork pies, to locally produced gin and piles of vegan and gluten free cakes.  There really is something for everyone!  And even in the snow there's such a great atmosphere that you'll want to sit on the outdoor benches and soak it all up.

If, like us, you become freeeeeezing sitting outside on said benches, head over to Cowan and Sons to defrost.  They have amazing coffee as well as absolutely delicious cakes and a very tempting menu if you're still hungry.

From here, the rest of Edinburgh is your oyster.  You can enjoy the laid-back village life of Stockbridge or take a short walk back to the hustle and bustle of Princes Street.

When We Weren't Sweaty

We were lucky enough over the weekend to have some very knowledgeable locals wining and dining us all around Edinburgh.  Here are some of our favourites:

- David Bann - Even carnivores agree that this vegetarian/ vegan restaurant is the bees knees. The menu is long and varied and everything we tried was both incredible tasking and incredibly filling.

- Scran and Scallie - Beautiful pub which is the perfect place to get some drinks on and spend the afternoon with friends.  They are better known for their amazing food and the cullen skink fish cake comes highly recommended.

- Caffeine Drip - This South African cafe is our absolute favourite place in Edinburgh for a lunchtime bite or a cup of coffee.  They cater to all tricky dietary requirements and the portions are enormous.

- Bar G&V - Fun place to start your night out with a flashy cocktail.

Know any other spots in Edinburgh?  We will definitely be back and always want to try out new places.

Are you a regular runner in Edinburgh?  Or planning a trip? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch and we'll get you running!