2017 marks the second year in a row I've been to Edinburgh at Christmas. Will 2018 be the same? Who knows? Who cares?

Last year was more of a trip to get to know the city and explore its Christmassy offerings, which you can read about here. (I may have overdone the photos last year. You live and learn.)

This year, however, was a whistle-stop tour up to the Scottish capital - literally we had one full day there in total - because of a family member's graduation which was very nice indeed, and we're all very proud.

We travelled up via train using CrossCountry - don't ever use them - and luckily, saw a lot of snow on the ground up north which was highly exciting for the 24 year old that I am, and naturally, I documented below. Enjoy the blurred shots of white.

My mum and I stayed at The Scotsman, which is very fancy and was a bit of a treat indeed! There was a huge bed, teacakes on arrival, a huge roll-top bath which is just the dream (though it turns out it was slightly too big for this 5'8" gal), and very lovely complementary toiletries from The White Company which I wish we'd taken home.

Everything was very Christmassy which was thrilling, with many a Christmas tree in the hotel, and many a Christmas light in the city. We visited the main market in Princes Street Gardens - which I went to last year - three times. We drank mulled wine and a Bailey's hot chocolate, and ate halloumi fries and Scottish chowder. We also ate dinner out twice at restaurants called Ciao Roma and Vittoria (both excellent) and went to a graduation ceremony at the university.

That's about it. It was short and sweet, and very nice. Just don't choose CrossCountry trains.

M x