Firstly, let me apologise there aren't too many photos from my trip because it was only for 2 nights so most of my digital memories were in video. Although two days was all I got in this beautiful city - it's definately enough to have me back, and even consider living there.
The city is charming and full of life. I was lucky enough to stay when the fringe festival was on and I 100% recommend to go if you're in the city. It is very much a university city so the night life is pretty good as well! I travelled from Dublin into Edinburgh airport - very convienent if you want to get there quickly. Flights were a bit expensive but I did book very last minute and again the fringe was on. Just be smart about staying and booking when the fringe is on - try avoid hotels at that time of year if you're on a budget, airbnb wasn't too excepsive but I chose not to stay in one this time. I recommend the TravelLodge francises, they weren't too expensive but they do only have the bare minimum.
Edinburgh is small enough to do in a day but big enough to still have things to see and do after a couple days- cafes, little shops etc. The attractions can add up to being a bit but if you've got the money I'd recommend doing them. I didn't do the Edinburgh Castle but from the surroundings it looked like a point of interest, i'd love to go inside when I return. 'Old Town' is so beautiful, all the roads and buildings have such an historic value to them and are just beautiful to walk through.
There are a few shopping places for you to go crazy so don't stress. There is something for everyone in Edinburgh. The food was also very good so make sure you pop into your local pub and get a sunday roast or a steak. Its mostly quite cheap for a basic meal. The local currency is pounds so if you're coming from south ireland or europe you will need to exchange your money. I used a travel card which can instantly convert money from any currency- if you can get your hands on one I recommend it 100%! Check out what else to pack here.
Transport in Edinburgh is pretty much run by buses, so familiarise yourself with the timetable and the routes and you can go anywhere basically! I took an uber from the airport to my room and then a bus back- although the bus was longer it was well worth it for only 4.50 pounds!