Thursday, 19 October 2017

To Market, To Market: Stockbridge Market

I haven't done a "To Market, To Market" post in a very long time. Moving away from the UK has meant that I don't get to visit markets, any kind of market, as frequently as I'd like to. So, when visiting my friend in Edinburgh and she suggested checking out Stockbridge Market, I made sure we made it there so that I could get my market fix. 

It runs every Saturday from 10am to 5pm and is located at Jubilee Gardens along the Water of Leith. On this fine spring morning, we took a very scenic route down through Dean Village and the waterway path toward the market. It was a beautiful morning with brisk air and blue skies. The perfect marketing weather! We definitely weren't the only ones to think this, as we passed countless strolling mom's and tots and sniffing meandering dogs on long leads. 

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

Had I not been with my friend who knew where we were supposed to be going, I would have just continued on that lovely little pathway, but my rumbling tummy convinced me that market food was what I needed. 

Jubilee Gardens is a small park space, but boy do they ever pack it in with vendors! You can find all sorts of different foods and artisan items, this is seriously foodie heaven! There is the usual market fare and also some traditional British and Scottish treats, like scotch eggs, haggis Sausage rolls, and shortbread. We couldn't help ourselves and purchased a small feast breakfast. 

Eventually the heaving crowd and long lines got the better of us and we existed in search of a cafe nearby to rest our feet and share a pot of tea. As with most markets, arrive earlier in the day to avoid longer lines. We had arrived later in the day along with most of Edinburgh. 

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

{Erin Out and About} Stockbridge Market

If I lived in Edinburgh, this would certainly be a frequented weekend location, fulfilling my grocery treats that just can't be satisfied by Asda or Tesco.

Do you have a favourite market?

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday Wanderings

Mini boats of Mobile, Newfoundland


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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Day Trips in Scotland: Linlithgow

While staying in Glasgow with friends, I wanted to get out and explore somewhere new in Scotland. I've been several times now, but don't feel like I've seen all that much of it. Thanks to Rabies I did a trip of the Highlands, and spent a day at Stirling Castle, and definitely had my fill of the Glasgow Museums and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. So I was looking for a day trip from Glasgow that was chap to get to, a short train ride and actually had something for a tourist to do. Linlithgow was my answer. 

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow (it's about 30 minutes from Glasgow and 20 minutes from Edinburgh), this royal burgh was the birthplace of James V and Mary Queen of Scots. The medieval palace still remains largely intact and is a big tourist attraction for the town.

Linlithgow Palace aside, there is enough in this small town to keep one entertained for a day.

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

I left Glasgow mid-morning, stopping at the grocery store just outside of the train station when I arrived to pick up a small picnic lunch (I so miss the meal deals found in abundance all over the UK).

Navigating my way to the water was very easy to do. I went during the middle of the week so it was pretty quiet and I didn't come across too many other people on the loch path save the pooch and odd dog walker.

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

My intention was to walk around the loch and park myself down along the shoreline to enjoy a book and my packed lunch. Walking around the loch takes about an hour, if you really take your time about it, and there are some pretty views of the palace.

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

My walk ended at the palace and paid my £6 admissions to Historic Scotland for a lovely few hours within the palace walls, exploring each windswept corridor and apartment. If you're interested in a longer walk, there is also the lovely Union Canal, running from Falkirk to Edinburgh and through the Linlithgow.

This current structure was build around the early 1400s and was the principal residence for the Scottish monarchs in the 15th and 16th centuries.

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow
tee hee the privy off the grand hall

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

{Erin Out and About} Day Trip to Linlithgow

Walking through the town at the end of my day there looked to be a few pubs and cafe's that would be a perfect to stop in for a spot of tea or a pint, but I had a train home to catch and couldn't stick around. I was glad to be able to visit this cute little town and recommend it to anyone looking for something to do  when they have an afternoon free.

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