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An Insider Guide To Edinburgh With Strathberry Co-Founder Leeanne Hundleby

“Edinburgh really is one of a kind. It’s a charming place where nature and architecture, old and new, history and fairy tale all blend together in harmony,” Leeanne Hundleby, Co-Founder of luxury leather brand Strathberry, tells us.

Hailing from Edinburgh, Strathberry has garnered fans internationally, including the British Royals. The brand’s designs are distinguished by their clean lines and elegant style notes, like the signature bar closure which makes a Strathberry handbag instantly recognisable.

Bags are functional and sleek in equal measure, making them the exemplary choice for a weekend break: ‘The Lana Midi is my go-to for a day of sightseeing – it’s perfect to fit everything I need for a day out. For evening, the Melville Baguette would be my style of choice; it’s beautiful and understated”, Leeanne recommends.

Here Leeanne shares her insider guide to Edinburgh, taking readers on an eclectic tour of the city’s hotspots and best kept secrets.


Essential items to pack?

A big, cosy scarf to wrap around your shoulders when it gets chilly, a warm jacket (Scottish weather can be unpredictable), and a good pair of trainers. Edinburgh is a city that is best enjoyed on foot, with plenty of scenic walks.

The best time to visit Edinburgh is…

August for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It can get a little crowded, but the city really comes to life with artists, comedians, and performers coming from all over the world to take part in this month-long event.

June is also a wonderful time: the days are longer and you can really enjoy being outside, taking a walk, and admiring the beautiful parks and hills that are scattered around the city.

Our first pitstop should be…

The Pantry in Stockbridge for a lovely brunch.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

The Balmoral; it’s an institution and Edinburgh landmark. Make sure to try their afternoon tea, it’s such a lovely treat!

 

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For an early morning workout head to…

Blackford Hill for a mood-boosting run or Portobello Beach for an energising swim.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Honeycomb & Co. in Bruntsfield.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Black Ivy.

And for dinner with friends?

The Outsider in the Old Town. Make sure you ask for a table by the window; the view of Edinburgh Castle is worth the visit, and the food and atmosphere are great.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Blow Out: Timberyard or The Gardener’s Cottage.

Budget: Civerinos for the best pizza slices.

Where should we head post-dinner?

Lady Libertine for amazing cocktails.

The drink to order at the bar…

I would go very traditional and order a cosmopolitan.

A must-try spot for date night?

The Witchery by the castle.

 

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The best place to treat yourself is… 

Head to One Spa for relaxation in its thermal suite and pools.

The best place for people watching…

Princes Street Gardens on a sunny day.

The culture spot to rave about…

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an amazing building and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, exploring Scotland past and present through the various pieces of art.

For great shopping head to…

Multrees Walk and the new St. James Quarter in the East End.

The one place only locals know about… 

Cramond: it’s a picturesque suburb looking onto the River Forth. You can head out to Cramond Beach to watch an amazing sunset.

For the best views head to…

Arthur’s Seat. The panoramic views are worth the steep hike.

Your favourite neighbourhood(s)…

Bruntsfield for its quirky independent boutiques and trendy coffee shops.

A book to read before we go (or while we’re there)?

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Coffee in Stockbridge and a visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens.

What’s your Edinburgh secret?

Nor’ Loft. It’s the perfect spot for a lavish breakfast and city views.

In a word, Edinburgh is…

Magical.

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