Edinburgh’s Castle & The Royal Mile

Edinburgh's Castle & The Royal Mile by www.carlosmeliablog.com Edinburgh’s Castle & The Royal Mile  |  Edinburgh, Scotland  |  One of the many attractions. I got to see during my visit to Edinburgh, was the Edinburgh’s Castle, after a lovely 10 minutes stroll along The Royal Mile. The Castle itself looks beautiful and omnipresent, from most points around the city, now once you cross the gates and inside the fortress, I found it to be a bit of a wua wua moment. Mea Culpa, I must admit, I was in a rush and had not time to take one of their self guided tours, which perhaps would have changed my entire experience. But I found it quite boring and staged. My sole purpose of coming all the way up Castlehill wast to explore The Royal Mile and once inside the castle, get to see the Honours of Scotland including the glittering crown jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny (with which I am totally obsessed, and beyond happy I’ve got to see). Aslo I found quite interesting visiting St. Margaret’s Chapel , the oldest building in all EdinburghContinue reading Edinburgh’s Castle & The Royal Mile

TOWER Restaurant

TOWER Restaurant by www.carlosmeliiablog.com TOWER Restaurant  |  Edinburgh, Scotland  |  Spectacular views of Edinburgh‘s castle and the city skyline feature on the menu of James Thomson’s rooftop Tower Restaurant above Edinburgh‘s National Museum of Scotland. Exceptional food, an inventive menu, deft service and inspirational wines in a chic and glamorous setting are Tower trademarks. This is rooftop dining at its most spectacular – with brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day. Sister property of my other favorite in town, Rubharb Restaurant. Located steps away from the famous Royal Mile and minutes from Edinburgh‘s castle. Continue reading TOWER Restaurant

Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh by www.carlosmeliablog.comBalmoral Hotel Edinburgh  | Edinburgh, Scotland |  During my recent visit to charming medieval Edinburgh, I stayed at two hotels, the lovely, boutiki and quaint Nira Caledonia and the Grand Dame of Edinburgh, The Balmoral Hotel by Rocco Forte, which happens to be the official hotel and headquarters for my next experience The Royal Scotsman luxury train by Orient-Express, due to its proximity to Waverley Station. Right off Prince Street, with stunning views of Arthur’s Seat Hill, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh’s Castle, I was hosted on the 5th floor, very close to Suite 552 chosen by J. K. Rowling to withdraw to write the last sequel of Harry Potter.  Continue reading Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh

The Pompadour Restaurant

The Pompadour Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Pompadour RestaurantEdinburgh, Scotland | One of the things which quite strike me during my recent visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, was the number of FABULOUS restaurants available, for such a lovely but tiny destination. The Pompadour Restaurant was not an exception, on the contrary was pretty much on my top 05 rule. I guess I could define myself as a foodie, but what I truly enjoy, is the experience overall. I am not a gourmet connoisseur, but I do know how to create experiences and tell a travel or gourmet story, and The Pompadour, has quite and interesting one, lead by this legion of young professionals, who will blow you away with the style, knowledge and artistry, and make your dining experience a truly memorable one.  Continue reading The Pompadour Restaurant

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Royal Yacht Britannia  | Edinburgh, Scotland  |  One of the very interesting tours I took during my late visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, was the visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia is the former Royal Yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. She was the 83rd such vessel since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. Experience Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction. The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.  Continue reading The Royal Yacht Britannia

Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train

Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train by www.carlosmeliablog.com Life onboard The Royal ScotsmanTrain  |  Scotland  |  Traditional style and elegant comfort provide an unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Here is my photo album and videos of the daily life onboard the luxury train “The Royal Scotsman” by Belmond, traveling from/to Edinburgh across the Highlands. I spent 5 fabulous days onboard, and I have to say, it is without a doubt a true travel experience. The train itself becomes your destination, and the most sophisticated and comfortable way to explore the breathtaking wonders of this amazing country.  Continue reading Life onboard The Royal Scotsman Train

A Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland

Royal Experience exploring Castles in Scotland by www.carlosmeliablog.comA Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland  |  Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten, Scotland  |  So this was our day number three onboard the Belmond luxury trainThe Royal Scotsman“. This section of the trip went from Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten. This morning, join a group of keen early-risers on a short trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images. And so we woke up around 7AM and got ready for an experience which, despite being short and quick, was very much indeed worth it.  Continue reading A Royal Day Exploring Castles of Scotland

Clay Pigeon-Shooting in Scotland

Clay Pigeon-Shooting in Scotland by www.carlosmeliablog.comClay Pigeon Shooting in Scotland  |  Cairngorms National Park, Scotland  |  The morning of day four onboard the Belmond luxury train “The Royal Scotsman“, began after a wonderful lunch, with some interesting local activities.  We traveled, from Boat of Garten, a short distance by coach to Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus Forest is one of the largest and most important remnants of the native Caledonian pine forest which used to cover most of Scotland. We were invited to choose from a number of activities including fishing, clay pigeon-shooting and an estate tour. Guess which one I went for… Of course Clay Pigeon Shooting.  Continue reading Clay Pigeon-Shooting in Scotland

NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel

NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comNIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel  | Edinburgh, Scotland |  NIRA Caledonia was my first hotel stay while in Edinburgh, and it was the best introduction I could have had to this lovely charming town. No tartan. No stuffed deer heads. No prints of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Nira Caledonia, this boutique hotel blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Located just minutes away from Prince Street and the main attractions, at Gloucester Place, it allows you to experience the best Edinburgh has to offer only a stroll away to retrieve to the tranquility surrounded by cobbled streets and neo-classical elegance.  Continue reading NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel

GPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman

20131015-110107.jpgGPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman  |  Edinburgh, Scotland  |  OUT OF THE OFFICE in Full Style. !!!! Good morning everyone from The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, the official starting and check in point for The Royal Scotsman luxury train by Belmond, to me my hone, hotel and destination for the next few days, on an exclusive journey across and along Scotland, in full style and luxury. A pretty exciting itinerary, full of surprises that I will be reporting upon return. The Royal Scotsman train is a non WiFi train, therefore I will be offline for the next five days. Please bare with me till them. I am sure we will all enjoy of a little break. Do not miss me to much, I will be fine…. in the expert hands of Belmond, yet once again. Cheers from Scotland. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com  Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia The Royal Scotsman