Nina Davidson is a French expatriate in Scotland. This young mother of three, Ada, Colette and Nicole, takes us on a city tour of her adopted region. She gives us her favourite guaranteed family friendly locations. Time for a summer break with Scottish pubs, beaches and strolls in the green hills!
Art of living in the Portobello district
Let's start with Edinburgh! The area of Portobello is Edinburgh's beach. It is a superb stretch of sand with a promenade and parks for the little ones. High Street, the main thoroughfare, is home to small independent shops that give a village feel to this suburb of the capital, including the adorable Portobello Bookshop.
Follow it on @portybooks
46 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA, United Kingdom
A kid friendly pub: the Skylark
Take a break in the Skylark kid friendly pub! Of course I’m going to be a little biased here because it’s mine… We opened 8 years ago, a few days before my eldest was born. We serve a very small freshly prepared menu from an open kitchen. We have superb beers from Scottish micro-breweries, plus carefully selected organic and natural wines.
Follow it on @skylarkporty
243 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AW, United Kingdom
The best Fish & Chips
Anstruther Fish Bar is the best fish and chips in my opinion. Get ready to line up for a traditional batteredhaddock with big fries. To eat in the fishing port. It's a bit of a detour because it's in the Kingdom of Fife, but it's worth it!
Follow it on @anstrutherfishbar
42 - 44 Shore St, Anstruther KY10 3AQ, United Kingdom
Against all expectations, I am going to recommend spots to visit in the Scottish Borders region, in the south of Scotland. Holidaymakers tend to arrive in Edinburgh before heading north into the Highlands. The Borders is the region south of Edinburgh and extends to England. It is full of completely isolated, beautiful and little known places. If you are looking to avoid other visitors, this is the place for you.
From Edinburgh, go south, towards Innerleithen, then towards St Mary's Loch. This whole area is beautiful, with small and often single-track valley roads. The edge of the lake is very picturesque. There are no shops nearby, plan a picnic. Unfortunately the Tibbie Shiels Inn is no longer open to the public. For the record, it was the inn, pub and campsite of the valley, opened in 1824 by the great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of my daughters!
The most beautiful view point
The winding and hilly road from St Mary's Loch to Talla is one of the most beautiful there is I believe. The summit overlooks the reservoir from where the view is breathtaking.
We hope these pointers spur in you a dream of wanting to take a wee trip to Scotland! Thanks to Nina, follow her on her Instagram account for even more Scottish inspiration @petiteschoses_