HWA Christmas trip to Edinburgh

Well, the weather could have been better, but spirits were not dampened on our excursion up north. With a few drinks and a festive trivia quiz on the way, the mood was set for a weekend of laughs and a bit of team building along the way. Saturday saw the more energetic amongst us head up Arthur’s Seat where they were rewarded with great views of the city before the weather closed in. Others opted for the Museum of Scotland, housed in a beautiful Victorian building and providing interest in every subject imaginable. Christmas shopping was on the agenda for others, but the crowds on Prince’s Street were not for the fainthearted. Likewise, the Christmas Market, picturesque in its twinkly winter setting, was a bit of a scrum.

Edinburgh is an atmospheric city with a rich history of gothic tales of body snatchers and the supernatural. On Saturday evening we ventured on to the Ghost Bus for a tongue in cheek tour of the notorious sites of murder and heinous crime. This was followed by a Christmas meal and an escape from the storm in the hotel bar.

A visit to the Surgeon’s Hall on Sunday morning enlightened us all about Edinburgh’s rich medical heritage, after which there was time for a bit more sight-seeing before catching the train home – a much quieter trip this time after an exhausting, but really enjoyable weekend.