Alex and I had a great time riding a chopper over Edinburgh

Alex and me standing at the helicopter before the flight

We had another incredibly kind wedding present from some of our friends — a helicopter tour of Edinburgh!

In fact, the voucher enabled us to choose from a list of about 20 different UK cities. But let’s be honest — who wouldn’t want to see Edinburgh from the sky? It’s definitely the prettiest city in the UK. Plus, it was definitely the easiest one to get to, making it a lovely day out rather than a weekend spent mostly on the motorway.

The helicopter tour took off from Craigie’s Farm, situated on a back road somewhere between Edinburgh Airport and Dalmeny. We could actually see the airport from the launch point.

An intense squall delayed things a bit. The weather was just passing through as we arrived at the check-in desk, and we had to wait nervously for an hour or so before getting the all clear to go up into the sky.

Me and Alex standing at the helicopter before the flight

I was a little bit worried because I’d never been in a helicopter before. But I was reassured when one of the fellow passengers asked if the wind would affect things. The staff member said the wind would have no effect. The helicopter they normally use was being serviced, and the one we would be in was more powerful and very expensive. Nice.

Alex with two thumbs up in the helicopter

Alex was much more relaxed.

Me looking out the helicopter with the Forth bridges in the background

As we took off, one of the first things we saw were the Forth bridges.

Tram depot

The tram depot and big roundabout at Edinburgh Gateway.

Pentland hills

Looking out from the south west of the city towards the Pentlands.


Over Morningside, looking for our home!

Arthur's Seat

Arthur’s Seat

Leith Docks

Leith Docks

Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile

Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile

Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Bristo Square

Bristo Square (during the Fringe!).

George Square during the Fringe

George Square

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle (with a cameo appearance from Argyle House, my workplace).





Cramond Island

Cramond Island

Forth bridges

The bridges again

Me looking absurdly cool in the helicopter

Alex in the helicopter

In total, the flight lasted about 15 minutes. A true whistle-stop tour of Edinburgh.

Helicopter just after it landed

We landed again, and I was very impressed that the helicopter stayed up in the air considering how bendy the rotors had become.

Alex holding the photo we bought

Of course, we bought the souvenir photo.

Me eating a strawberry in the distance

Adjacent to the helicopter landing site was the pick your own fruit!

Me and Alex picking strawberries

We bought loads of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries — and spent the rest of the week eating them all.


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