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July 9, 2022
Edinburgh, Scotland

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The Wedding Website of Gabrielle Mahdesian and Blair Mowat
Hike Arthur's Seat

Hike Arthur's Seat

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG, United Kingdom

The highest point in Holyrood Park, known as Arthur's Seat, provides a wonderful hike (between 1-2 hours) and some of the best views of the city. Trails are free and accessable at the base of the former volcano off of Queen's Drive near Holyroodhouse Palace.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Abbey Strand, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX, United Kingdom

The official Scottish residence of the queen! If she's not in town, the palace, grounds, and Abbey are welcome to be toured by visitors Open 9:30 am - 6 pm Admission: £12 (around $17)

the Royal Mile

the Royal Mile

Canongate, Edinburgh, EH1, United Kingdom

Wander along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's main street connecting Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. Pop into a shop, explore a museum, eat at a restaurant, or grab a pint at one of the many pubs along this highly concentrated cobblestone street. Beware of tourist traps!

Grassmarket

Grassmarket

Grassmarket Square, Edinburgh, EH1, United Kingdom

Snuggled just behind (and beneath for a view of) Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket boasts some great independent shops and restaurants. Since visiting in 2017, the Mahdesians still rave about the food at The Grain Store, just up from Grassmarket Square along Victoria St. Highly recommend!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

For the city's ultimate historical Scotland, take a tour of Edinburgh Castle. In addition to exploring the fortress, you'll be met with sweeping views and sounds of local bagpipers in the streets. Touristy, but worth it! Open 9:30 am - 6 pm Admission: £17.50 (around $24)

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Bonnington House The Steadings, Wilkieston, Edinburgh, EH27 8BY, United Kingdom

If you want to get out of the city for an afternoon, Jupiter Artland is a 25 minute drive from Edinburgh's center. This paradise spans over 100 acres, filled with mesmerizing outdoor art installations. Some of which are interactive and built directly into the land. The Mowats introduced us to this unforgettable excursion, and we've got the instagram pics to prove it! *Must book ahead online to visit Open 10 am - 5 pm Admission Costs Vary

Harry Potter Sites

Harry Potter Sites

26A Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QE, United Kingdom

JK Rowling might have dug herself deep into an unforgivable hole, but Harry Potter fans can visit some possibly inspirational and now celebratory locations since much of the series was written in Edinburgh. Graves of William McGonagall and Thomas Riddell can be viewed in Greyfriars Kirkyard, located around the corner from The Elephant House, not the real “birthplace” of Harry Potter as it claims, but where she definitely wrote often in her early Harry Potter years. Victoria Street off of Grassmarket pays homage to the series with multiple wizard themed shops and has a Diagon Alley vibe. Harry Potter themed escape rooms and cocktails can be found at The Department of Mysteries. More in the link.

Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden

Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ, United Kingdom

Fingers crossed the weather will be lovely in July and the Royal Botanic Garden can serve as a beautiful way to spend some time just a mile from the city center. Admission to the Glasshouses, including the Victorian Palm House from 1858, is £7 ($10). Access to the garden, which also has a view of the city, is free!

Carlowrie Castle

Carlowrie Castle

Boathouse, Bridge Rd, Kirkliston, Edinburgh, EH29 9ES, United Kingdom

WEDDING DAY VENUE!

The Caves

The Caves

8-10 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1NS, United Kingdom

REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE!

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