Edinburgh at Christmas. A couple of weeks ago we went back to the UK for a shopping and road trip.I booked a three day trip to Edinburgh as we had never been and knew there was a Christmas market. Shopping and the lure of restaurants crammed full of seafood and game was too much to resist. It had to be done. We stayed at the Scotsman Hotel which is situated on North Bridge, in the old part of town. The building was originally the home of the newspaper of the same name and was a great base for exploring the castle and restaurants and venturing into the new part of town in Princes Street for some Christmas shopping, and of course the Christmas markets. It's a magnificent drive through the Lake district before reaching Scotland where we were greeted with snow covered hills. The market was lovely. There were many stalls from all over Europe and the UK, except it was freezing cold . Apparently, it's not normally extremely cold in Edinburgh but we seemed to have picked a cold snap of -5! There are many excellent restaurants in Edinburgh and we found some little gems within walking distance. Trust me, you don't want to drive around central Edinburgh! My husband was not amused as we are so used to French countryside traffic. Walking is a workout too as the streets are cobbled and there are a lot of hills. My nice shoes stayed in the hotel! The first night we dined in Monteiths which is a little restaurant below street level. We were so tired so I only remembered to take a picture of my scallop starter. For a main course we had monkfish. The portions were small but delicious and the service friendly, especially as we hadn't booked. I can definitely recommend a visit. On the second evening we found a fish restaurant called Ondine. It was amazing! The service was extremely slick, but very friendly. They knew what you wanted before you did and we could not fault a thing. We started with a selection of oysters from around the UK, mostly huge and creamy followed by a starter of potted crab and squid. For the main course I had sea bass on a bed of celeriac and green lentils. Ian had the monkfish. We had extra side dished of creamed spinach and new potatoes. The portions were extremely generous but I still managed a desert. There was treacle tart on the menu; it would have been rude to refuse. Can you believe I ate four courses? A visit to Edinburgh would not have been complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle which is actually a series of buildings overlooking the city. The guide says to allow a couple of hours but we easily spent three and could have stayed longer. The picture above is of the royal apartments where Queen Mary was born and also houses the royal regalia, although photography is forbidden. The castle was used by the military and there are many museums and memorials too. The next restaurant I found was Wedgewood. It's a very intimate restaurant and through the serving hatch you can see the chefs plating up. I found this fascinating as different chefs added their element of the dish with such precision. We both had the pigeon to start and venison for the main course. The chef and manager are a husband and wife team and the service was professional and friendly and the restaurant was packed for a tuesday so booking is essential. There is so much more to see and do and we will definitely go back one day for another visit. I've not mentioned the cooked breakfasts or the lunches as I'm far too embarrassed! Has anyone else attempted to eat far too much in Edinburgh?