It was the second time that I visited Edinburgh. Compare to the previous trip, this trip was considered more pleasant as it was warmer and less rain. I really love Edinburgh because it has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. For me, this place is magical.
View from the aeroplane
It was enjoyable to walk around Edinburgh when it was not raining. Early in the morning, we had started our itinerary. First stop was Dean Village. It is not far from our hotel and is only 5 minutes walk from Princess Street. We crossed the Dean Bridge and could sense that we were close to Dean Village. Approaching Dean Village, it appeals to me like the magical village in a fairy tale. Well Court is the most striking building in the Dean Village which was recently restored with the help of Edinburgh World Heritage. It adds to the picturesque charm of the area. Overlooking at the beautiful scenery, I felt extremely happy to be here, taking a stroll with Lewis.
We walked along the river bank and there is a walkway passes through Dean Village which was a delightful morning’s stroll. This walkway is called “Water of Leith“. It will be a little confusing if you follow the direction on the signboard but certainly, you will be able to find the walkway by looking for the river in the Dean Village.
A morning walk at this tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith which is just five minutes walk from Princes Street was the best getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The route is suitable for cycling and is accessible in part by wheelchairs and even by horseback. But of course, we were just merely taking a leisure walk.
A short walk from the village is the Dean Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. Both impressive classical buildings in their own right, now converted to their use as art galleries. We saw some teachers were leading a group of kids to Dean Village. I was thinking secretly that this would not happen in Malaysia as most of the parents probably would not like the idea of letting their kids (3-4 years old) walk any closer to the cliff without any fencing.