• Karen McConnell

AD | Fall In Love With Edinburgh at The Radisson Collection

They say that Paris is the city of love but, as biased as I might be, I’d wager that a city that is up there with the ability to fall in love both with and within it, is Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

Beautiful architecture; castles, turrets and cobbled streets with quaint coffee shops, restaurants and bars on every street corner is the archetypal backdrop to many a romance story and in Edinburgh, there’s more of all those things than you could imagine.

This Valentine’s Day, I was so lucky to have been invited to stay at Edinburgh’s Radisson Collection Hotel on the historic Royal Mile and I couldn’t have been more excited to say yes, and view my home-town through the eyes of a tourist. Chris was delighted to be able to benefit from years of taking my photograph for instagram (!), agreed to be my valentine again this year, and join me for the mini-break.

We waved goodbye to the kids and KR, who had their Nana and Papa staying with them overnight, and drove into the city for a spot of lunch at The Dome followed by a bit of retail therapy. Chris has been inspired by my recent wardrobe over-haul and decided he needed a few new things too so it was fun to wander round the shops and help him pick out some new items for his wardrobe ... and, just so I didn’t feel left out, I picked up a few little things too!

Before we knew it, the sun was setting and it was time to go a check into the hotel.

Walking into the beautiful suite on the top floor of the hotel that we were treated to, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers were waiting for me (the husband did good!) on the table in our living area. Floor-to-ceiling windows cover one wall of the suite and lead from the living/dining area into the bedroom that houses a large and comfortable king-sized bed. Adjacent to the bedroom is a well-stocked bathroom with an enormous bath and waterfall shower - the minute I spotted that I decided I’d definitely be indulging in a bath during my stay... it would be foolish not to take full advantage of all that was on offer!

After unpacking, we felt it was only right to check out the hotel bar and sample a cocktail or two! I had a passion fruit mojito and Chris ordered a craft beer to wash down a sharing platter of bread, hummus and antipasti ... delicious and the perfect snack to take us through to a very special dinner.

A quick change and a hop, skip and a jump up the Royal Mile towards the Castle and we were off for our Valentine’s dinner at incredibly opulent, oak-panelled Witchery restaurant. The Witchery is a bit special, not only with rich history and a lavish interior but it’s somewhere that’s become synonymous with exceptional service, fine dining and special occasions. Our visit did not disappoint and after a few hours of eating and drinking, we wandered back to the the Radisson and my promised bubble bath! Bliss!


I’m a morning person generally but waking up to the incredible view from this hotel room - really, it’s quite something - immediately had me raring to get going and enjoy a few more hours in the city before collecting the kids.

A quick breakfast before checking out and we wandered down the Royal Mile to collect the car from the car park. I was keen to go and visit the Edinburgh branch of one of my favourite book shops Toppings & Company so we drove down to that end of town and spent a few hours choosing some new books and sipping complimentary tea before going to collect the kids and KR and heading to our friend’s house for another night in Edinburgh.

It was a lovely 24 or so hours in Edinburgh that felt so much longer than it actually was, but seeing it through the eyes of a tourist really did make me fall back in love with the city I grew up in.

Karen xx


Karen & Clan 2019

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