With not long to go until I left for America, my boyfriend and I cherished the little time we had left together before facing ten whole weeks apart. Thus, we made the time to go on a whole lot of ‘dates’… We went out for meals, to the cinema, to a festival and even visited multiple places we had never been before – one of them being Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.
Admittedly, going here was something that I wanted to do more than he did. I had seen pictures online and thought it looked so beautiful, but I didn’t really know what to expect from it, and I also wanted to wait for a good weather-day to go. Yet, finally – after three years of living here! – we spent our Bank Holiday visiting the Gardens and it was so nice.
The sun was shining and so we strolled around at our own pace, basking in the sun and admiring the sheer beauty of nature.
The Garden was initially founded as a physic garden, way back in 1670, but now acts as a world-renowned centre for ‘plant science, horticulture and education’ and actually extends over a total of four Gardens: Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan.
If I’m being honest then I wouldn’t recommend going here if you’re easily bored, or if you need a lot of action to consider somewhere as ‘fun’ because, to get straight to the point, there isn’t a whole load to do here. I mean, there is a café and a gorgeous little shop, as well as nine (nine!) Glasshouses to wander around and plenty of absolutely beautiful areas, but there’s not loads to do exactly.
Instead, the Botanic Gardens provide you a tranquil haven just a mile out from the city centre; it’s a place to relax and find peace in. It is absolutely huge, too – bigger than I expected it to be.
Plus, it’s free! The only charge you may face is the one for entering the Glasshouses, but that is optional (and inexpensive anyway), so why not take the plunge and visit?
Just watch this slideshow showing some of the pictures I got – all of them taken on an old iPhone and most of them unfiltered…
I loved it here and will definitely be returning! It is ideal for a sunny-day adventure.
Visit their website to get more information: http://www.rbge.org.uk/
For some more pictures, follow the Rachael Reads Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachael__reads/?hl=en
And my personal one, too: https://www.instagram.com/rachaelsinclaiir/?hl=en
Have you been?