E D I N B U R G H :: The Crafter’s Barn + Edinburgh Castle. (& how Jason proposed!)



Tuesday was our first full day in Edinburgh. We woke up kind of early (well, early for us, at least) and had a light breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt and granola in the hotel before heading out to explore the city. The hotel we stayed in was called the Nira Caledonia (I’m going to write a little more about it in a separate post) and was in Edinburgh’s New Town (about a 15 minute walk from the Royal Mile). We actually really loved mile-or-so walk from our hotel into town! It stopped us feeling too sluggish from all the amazing food we ate whilst we were in the city, and the area of town our hotel was in felt peaceful and tucked away compared with the hustle and bustle of the city centre. We’d recommend it in a heartbeat! But I’m getting ahead of myself though…

Cucumber-water Mussels

After a couple of hours exploring the Royal Mile on Tuesday morning (including a stop to book tickets for a tour of Mary King’s Close, some hat-trying-on, and a little tweed shopping) we headed to The Crafter’s Barn for lunch. We’d given the restaurant a miss whilst scouting for a place to eat dinner the previous night, but decided it looked way nicer than we had initially thought when we walked past it the next day! And we were so glad we went in! The meal we ate there was some of the nicest food we ate in Edinburgh (and we ate at a lot of seriously good places!) and was pretty reasonably priced too. Jason ordered mussels and a glass of Chilean merlot that I ended up drinking half of (unwittingly sharing the Dutch courage Jason so badly needed for proposing later on that day!) and I ordered two smaller plates- haggis and Quail’s Scotch eggs, and spicy braised chorizo.

The whole meal came to £24- no bargain, but not bank breaking either! The Scotch eggs especially were super delicious, and Jason told me afterwards that even though he was too nervous at the time to really appreciate his mussels (too busy making sure I didn’t accidentally find the ring box in his jacket pocket!) they were really very tasty! ;) Oh and as a side note- that restaurant is Instagram-heaven! Drinks served in mason jars, exposed lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, distressed wood tables- you name it, they have it!


 ^^ This is the face of a very nervous man. Not that I knew so at the time. I was completely oblivious to his nerves and stressing, and was just really enjoying my lunch! ;) ^^


^^ Yolk porn ^^


After we’d finished lunch, we walked up the hill (another one! Edinburgh is the hilliest place I’ve ever been!) and queued up to get tickets for the castle. We’d been so keen to get to the castle, and it didn’t disappoint! If you go, I’d really recommend taking one of the little guided tours round the castle. They’re included in the price of the ticket, leave every 25 minutes or so and are way more engaging than a standard audio guide. We also totally fell in love with the Edinburgh accent whilst we were in the city, so the tour was a great excuse to listen to it for a solid 20 minutes! ;)


^^ It was breezy though, as you can see from the mess on my head. ^^

Edinburgh-castle-tickets Scottish-flag Cider-with-Rosie-proposal

After we’d taken our little guided tour and wandered around a few of the specific sites of interest, Jason suggested we go to a little balcony that our guide had told us had some of the best views of the city. Not realising Jason was trying to get me to go somewhere beautiful and quiet so that he could propose, I said ‘Let’s go and see the prisoner of war dungeons first!’! So my poor nervous man had to traipse around the dungeons behind me for another 15 minutes, whilst I read all about the history of the prisons and tried to understand why Jason didn’t seem interested in it at all! We’ll need to go back to the castle next time we’re in the city, just so that Jason can get chance to appreciate it properly!

After we’d finished touring the dungeons, and I’d made Jason wait *again* whilst I stopped to buy water (he told me afterwards he couldn’t believe how difficult it was to get me to the little balcony where he wanted to propose!) we went out to the viewpoint to admire the city. And then, right there in the sunshine and the breeze, overlooking the whole of the city, Jason got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect.

Afterwards I couldn’t even remember if I’d said ‘yes’ (the moment was so incredible neither of us can really remember it in too much detail!) but Jason assures me I did! A few of our friends and family had been asking if I thought Jason might propose whilst we were away in the city, but he’d done such a good job of keeping his proposal-planning and ring-shopping a complete secret that I was totally convinced it wouldn’t happen! The only people who knew it was coming was Jason’s team at Flourish (who guessed he’d been ring shopping after he went out for longer than normal one afternoon! They know him so well!) and my Mum, who Jason had asked for my hand in marriage the weekend before we went away.


^^ The last photo ever taken of us as boyfriend & girlfriend :) ^^


And that was it!I forgot to take any more photos after Jason proposed (I could barely remember how to switch my camera on, my head was that foggy from joy and love and happiness and maybe the champagne a bit too) but the rest of the day was just beautiful.

We left the castle right away afterwards and walked back to our hotel (smiling like idiots at each other and every person we passed in the street the whole walk back!) and spent the afternoon drinking champagne in the little private garden our room opened up on to. There was a piper playing in the street just as we walked out of the castle, and even though Jason had never been too keen on bagpipes before then, the sound was so moving I think it’ll hold a special place in our hearts forever now. If I could have paused time and lived in that moment for an hour or two longer, where were standing listening to a piper play in a sunny Edinburgh street about five minutes after getting engaged and our hearts were full to bursting, I would have. It was magic.

And since all I want to do is talk and think and write about engagements right now, if you’re engaged, will you tell me how it happened? Did you cry? I didn’t cry one bit even though I’d always imagined I would!

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  • http://www.lipsticklives.blogspot.com em

    i swore at my boyfriend and told him to f-bomb it off, and was he serious…maybe not the best reaction..it was shock!! :) xx

  • http://hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk Jordan

    This is so lovely! I love hearing about people’s proposals they’re so romantic and always so unique to each couple :D Congratulations to you both!!


  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala Skrakowski

    Rosie, that is such a lovely story and definitely laughed out loud at wanting to go to the prisoner dungeons! I’m so oblivious to everything that I definitely would have done the exact same thing. Bless Jason for keeping his cool. Sounds like you had an unbelievable time – congratulations lovely lady! x

  • http://www.daisybutter.com Michelle

    Aw this was lovely to read Rosie. Edinburgh Castle is truly breathtaking, I’d love to go back again soon. Poor Jason having to cope with your water and dungeon curiosity too! Congratulations again to you both – I can’t wait to read along with your planning for the special day.

  • http://newgirlintoon.co.uk Chloe

    You may not have cried but I am! Sitting at my desk blowing my nose! What a lovely story :) So happy for you guys.

    I love that he had such a lovely little plan and you kept making him wait! Poor guy!!!

    Who would have imagined when you were asking for Edinburgh tips you’d come back an engaged woman!

    Chloe x

  • http://www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk Danni

    Aww this is so sweet! I was getting nervous reading know what was happening at the end! Sounds like you had a fab time and it was made better by the proposal! Congrats to both of you :D xx

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Aww congratulations! What a lovely proposal story! xx

  • http://www.chambrayandcurls.blogspot.com laura

    Oh this is so lovely! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again- Congratulations you two!! I love that he asked your mama (my guy asked mine too) and that it was on a lovely adventure. There is something so special about it being just the two of your for a couple of days, before seeing everyone isn’t there? My guy and I got engaged in Barcelona a couple of months ago and I still LOVE reading back over the post (here if you’re interested!) I wrote about it. This will be such a treasured memory for you :)
    Chambray & Curls

  • Chloe

    This sounds beautiful! My boy planned a surprise trip to Paris for my birthday treat after exams – I thought we were headed for the Isle Of Wight! We spent an amazing day in Disney, 2 nights in the sweetest hotel and then had a whirlwind tour of the sights in Paris. His plan was to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower but it was shut, and we had already done the padlock bridge. He was fretting just as much as Jason by this point! Nowhere else felt quite right, he said, so he waited until we got home to my childhood bedroom at my parents where we lived for a year, and did it there. It was perfect. Sorry this is a ramble, haha!
    You are a gorgeous couple and it’s SO lovely to see you finally engaged and over the moon, xxx

  • http://www.elleai.me Laura Meredith

    Congratulations to you both! It sounded like the sweetest proposal! I can’t wait to see some posts on your wedding planning now :)
    I was the same when my hubby proposed – he had planned to take me to a lake opposite my parents house at midnight on Christmas Eve but it was so dark I got a little scared and made him walk back home (I had no idea he was proposing!) So in the end he took me round the corner to the little park we used to play in together as kids and proposed there! Laura xx

  • Sofia

    congratulations on the engagement! you seem to be susch a perfect couple. Thanks for an inspiring blog. Greetings from a reader in Sweden.

  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    This is just gorgeous, go Jason!
    C and I shared the same goofy perma-grin after ours too, I’ve just written about it in honour of our 7th (eek!) anniversary next weekend! Boys can be very romantic when they want to be :o)
    Another massive congratulations from me. And the highest of fives to Jason for persevering through the dungeon tour!
    M x

  • Ruth

    Congratulations Rosie and Jason, ever since I started following you I’ve been waiting for this announcement.

    (WARNING: Long comment)

    I’ve been married just over a year now. Marriage is so great!
    My husband proposed on Christmas Day, we had been long distance for 6 months after I moved to London that summer – and he obviously couldn’t take the long distance anymore and made me his :)
    He wrapped up the ring as a stocking present, it was at the bottom. I had no idea, his whole family knew, my family had had a small phone call from him after Christmas dinner. I found it very strange as there was a video camera directly pointed at me and we’d stopped taking it turns to open presents… haha, then he jumped down of the sofa and proposed. Apparently, I leaped into his arms and we locked lips for quite some time before saying yes. Fun times, all recorded on video.. :)

  • http://www.notquiteenough.co.uk Lisa

    This is the sweetest story! Congratulations. I love that you made him wait without even realising it and it’s so cute that he was nervous.

  • http://sheensfabulositystudio.blogspot.co.uk/ Shireen

    Lovely post! ahhhh we went to Edinburgh as well these easter holidays and it was perfect,dont u just love the architecture as well its beautiful! I loved the whole city and have been smitten by their beautiful accent as well :) take a look at my post too :)

  • http://www.letitbecosy.com Rocio

    AH…. I Cried reading your story! Well done Jason for having so much patience, he must’ve been so nervous!!!

    My engagement story happened two years ago in the South of India at the very end of our 2 month trip backpacking all around the country.
    It was sunset time and I was walking along the beach listening to the soundtrack of the film Into the Wild. My then boyfriend joined me after a while and asked if I wanted to go for a little swim before the sun was completely gone. I said yes! And whilst we were swimming and looking for pretty shells in the water, he dove in the water and came out saying ‘I’ve found a treasure! Look!’, he was holding a little treasure box and inside was a ring covered in sand. You can imagine the rest of the story… I cried and cried and we hugged in the water for ages. Possibly the best day of my life!

    Enjoy every bit of every moment, these days and months until you get married are very precious. Congratulations again and I wish you all the happiness. <3

  • Theresa

    Edinburgh Castle holds a special place in my heart too, because that’s also where my husband proposed!

    It was at night, and we climbed the steep hill (I was in heels too, as we planned to go out to dinner afterwards – mistake!) to take in the views from the castle. It was all lit up and looked very pretty from below. However, there was a huge amount of scaffolding outside as they were putting in new structures for the Edinburgh Tattoo so not quite as picturesque as my husband had hoped. Nevertheless we were standing near the wall admiring the views and just before he proposed, I noticed he was acting very strangely. I thought he was having chest pains, as he kept rubbing his chest and looking very pale, but in fact he was checking his inside coat pocket to make sure the ring was still there (pretty sure the paleness was from nerves!). Anyway, I asked him if he was okay and he said “Yep, in fact I was thinking it was about time we got engaged to be married”. Cue squealing and crying from me, and a very relieved husband to be – Once I’d remembered to actually say YES! He’d forgotten to get down on one knee so I made him do it later in the hotel. Not that it mattered really.
    Like you, I was convinced it wasn’t going to happen. We’d chosen a ring already, although I had no idea he’d bought it at that stage, and I knew he had spoken to my dad, but I just didn’t know when he planned to propose. So although I knew we would be getting engaged at some stage, I had no idea he would propose in Edinburgh. Dinner that evening was a complete blur – a very small and random restaurant with only one other couple that were barely talking to each other, and no alcohol licence so we had to buy a bottle from the nearby shop. The next day we booked a much fancier restaurant but I’ve forgotten the name of it which is a shame.
    Fun memories! I’d love to go back!

  • http://www.octobereleven.com Ceri

    Huge congratulations!! So pleased for you :) Engagements and weddings always make me cry, and I’m so not a cry-y person, but they get me every time! Trying not to cry at work after reading this! :) xxx

  • http://Www.allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com Caroline

    Aww this is the loveliest loveliest post ever and what a perfect proposal!!! Huge and massive congrats!! I really feel for the guys when they spend a whole day trying to act casual but making sure everything is perfect…mark proposed to me after we’d spent the day decorating our house for Christmas, three sets of fairy lights and two trips to homebase later he popped the question! What was most amusing was that he’d been trying really hard not to get annoyed abt the lights to make sure the day was special, despite raging inside!! I didn’t cry either though!
    Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, I’m lucky I only live 90moles down the road, definitely want to head to that restaurant now :)
    Happy wedding planning and I really hope you’ll be doing lots of pinning!!!

    Caroline xx

  • http://www.londonbakes.com Kathryn

    Congratulations! This is such a wonderful post full of love and happiness. You two are going to be so very happy together.

  • Rosie R

    Blimey that nearly made me cry too!
    Ours was on our two year anniversary, at the pub we had our first date. He made me drink an entire glass of water so that I would have to nip to the ladies, and he could pre order some champagne without arousing my suspicions. I had no idea what was going on and wondered why he kept telling me I looked thirsty, and to drink some more water. Haha! Like Jason, Chris was also nervous throughout the meal and hardly noticed what he was eating! I was very shocked when the dessert plate came out the kitchen with a little square black box on it. Turns out every single person in there new what was about to happen except me! C got his words a bit mixed up and I think he just said “would you do me the honour?” and we both went a bit wobbly from there!
    Congratulations again! very happy for you, you look like a lovely couple! Rosie R x

  • http://www.mynameisyeh.com molly yeh

    scotch eggs and an engagement in the same day!??!!?1?1??! YEAH GIRRRRRRL!!!!!!

  • http://www.jess-inretrospect.com Jess

    That is such a lovely story! And it’s so cute that Jason asked your mum first! Wishing you all the best :) x

    Jess from

  • http://madeinhunters.blogspot.co.uk Emma

    Oh Rosie What a lovely story!!

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  • http://www.caramellattekiss.com/ Georgina

    So many congratulations! What a beautiful sounding proposal! You lucky lady. I don’t have my own proposal story to share, so instead will share one of some friends. They met online, and on their first date T turned up wearing a false mustache. As you do. Fast forward two years, and they’re walking along a pebble beach. A hears some rattling about behind him, and turns to see T, on one knee, wearing a false ‘tache. “I mustache you a question,” says T. “Will you marry me?” And then he fell over on the pebbels. Scene.

    • Rosie

      Hahahaha! That is the BEST story ever!xx

  • http://pigtailpixie.blogspot.com sammie

    I don’t think I cried when my husband proposed – I do remember the first thought that came into my head (and yes, I did verbalise it…!) – “what the hell would you do if i said no now?!” Of course I didn’t, and now we’re married but I think the surprise caught my brain-to-mouth filter off-guard!

  • http://lavidalaura.com/ Laura

    Your inadvertent thwarting of his proposal is so funny – congrats on the engagement :)

  • http://the-cup-and-saucer.blogspot.com Alice

    This is so so SO cute Rosie! Sounds absolutely perfect. My brother recently proposed to his girlfriend/ fiancee- he’d planned to take her out to the beach and propose there, but when he asked what she wanted to do that day she said “I’m dying to do some gardening, can we just stay here?”- scared she’d guess if he pushed going out to the beach, he just went down on one knee in the living room in his dressing gown. Bless!
    Huge congratulations to you both again!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

  • http://workingmumy.blogspot.com Lisa

    Congrats. Looks lovely.
    L x

  • http://theuniversityffproject.blogspot.co.uk/ Loretta Coles

    I hope if I ever get engaged I come away with a cute story like yours! Pinterest is full of wedding inspiration! xx


  • Jo

    That’s such a lovely engagement story! I made it hard for my fiance to propose too, I think I said “why are you being annoying” at one point!!! When he finally managed to do it I cried before his knee fully hit the floor and about 20 mins after all the tears, kisses and hugs he said “you still haven’t answered my question…” x p.s Wedding planning is the most fun I’ve ever had, enjoy every second!

  • http://www.britishgirl.co.uk Beth

    I love those jar mugs. Great post!

    Beth x

  • http://iejessie.com Jessie

    that is so beautiful, congratulations! <3

  • http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/best-brownie-ever.html gina

    ah lovely post, pics are great and u look very happy :) http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/best-brownie-ever.html

  • Leanne

    That sounds so nice! Me and my fiancé recently got engaged on Mother’s Day. Our daughter was 5 months old at the time and we were both awake with the morning feed. I was changing our daughter and unbuttoned her babygro to see a vest with the words ‘Mummy, will you marry my Daddy?’ written on it. I’m not much of a crier, but I did get a bit watery eyed.

  • http://www.clearyourheart.net Helen

    Aww this made me shed a little tear! I got engaged on my birthday last year. My fiancé had booked us dinner at a restaurant I’d wanted to try and had given the Manager the ring. Champagne was brought over with dessert and the ring box was sitting on a little plate. The Manager asked if I wanted an extra dessert and put the box in front of me as my fiancé popped the question. I didn’t cry but the waitress who was serving us did! We then went for champagne at the highest bar in Manchester (I see the building every day on my way to work and he wanted me to think of the night we got engaged every time I see it) and then back to a penthouse suite that he’d booked in a little boutique hotel. He’d also got me a half day off work the next day (sneaky) so we got to have a lovely morning together as a newly engaged couple :) xx

  • http://cupofsimmy.blogspot.co.uk Simone

    What a sweet proposal! Your poor fiance must have been so nervous after all the time it took to get to the viewpoint hehe. Always wanted to visit Edinburgh too!

  • http://www.madeupoflittlethings.com Rachael

    Gorgeous post, gorgeous couple, congratulations again chum :) xx

  • http://www.sallytangle.blogspot.com sally

    Oh Rosie! Golly gosh i have been eagerly awaiting this post for ever so long (ok well a week but im impatient!) It melts my heart! I am so so happy for you i could burst! And considering we have never met that is a bit of a strange feeling to have i guess! But i couldnt be happier for you. Edinburgh is a magical city! Its the very first break away the Mr and i ever had and it holds so many special memories with us! It just has so much charm and beautiful architecture and the people are so friendly too.

    Gaah i’ve said it a squillion times over but im so very happy for you both!!!! Lots of love!!!!!xxxxxx

  • http://merakikaiagapi.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-engagement.html Georgia

    What a great proposal!! Sounds pretty much perfect, and you look totally perfect together. Peter and I got engaged in February, and it involved horses and beach picnics and Lord of the Rings, and it was pretty much perfect. The whole shebang with pictures is on my blog if you want to check it out.

    My roommate also just got engaged- her husband to be surprised her with a trip to Puerto Rico, dragged her wayyyyy off the trail while hiking in the rainforest, and totally surprised her with the perfect family heirloom ring :) Sounds like we’ve all got keepers. Congratulations!

  • http://erstwhilefelicity.blogspot.co.uk/ Sonia

    Such a beautiful post. Loved reading it! Congratulations again! :)

  • Sarah

    Awwh this is lovely. Something to tell the grandchildren! When my boy proposed it was so simple! He already said two months into our relationship he would marry me, then the day before our 6 month aniversey, while I was napping after work, he asked my mum & dad for permission to marry me. My dad said yes & my hmm said “are you mad” (charming). Then the next day when he got home from work he was pacing around the bedroom and just did it there. Wasn’t the most romantic of proposals but it felt amazing. And nearly 2 & a half years later it still does ❤️. So happy for you both xx

  • http://landscapesandcupcakes.com/ Victoria Wade

    Awww this just made me shed a mini tear! Took me right back to when my hubbie proposed to me back in March 2012. We went for a lovely long walk on the cliffs at my favourite beach in Gower. He got down on one knee with the most perfect ring and I was crying so much with shock and delight that I forgot to say yes!!!
    Massive congratulations to you both. Enjoy the wedding planning and the engagement buzz, it is the best thing ever!!!
    Here’s a blog post about our wedding last June if you’re interested :) we had our reception in a pretty little village hall which we decorated with miles of bunting, pom poms and home grown flowers. It was the perfect day! http://landscapesandcupcakes.com/2013/06/29/wedding/

  • http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.blogspot.com Beccy

    Congratulations! What a lovely story! We got engaged in January in Paris, and I was not expecting it at all. I think I was a bit difficult as well and made Dan walk up to various places, and get a bite to eat before we finally got to the Luxembourg Gardens where he popped the question. And no, I didn’t cry at all, I just kept walking around with a soppy grin on my face!

  • http://www.scottishoutlander.co.uk/ Lindsay McWilliams

    What a lovely story! Congratulations! I’ll be adding The Crafter’s Barn to my list the next time I visit Edinburgh. What did you think of Mary King’s Close? It’s so crazy that the Royal Mile is built on top of other streets!

  • http://interiorthinking.com/ Rachael

    Congratulations on your engagement, such wonderful news! And thanks for the great restaurant recommendation – I am going to Edinburgh in a couple of weeks for the marathon and we are thinking of booking a table at The Crafter’s Barn for afterwards :) x

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  • http://www.artfarmblog.com/ Katie

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful way to propose!! :)

  • http://www.duck-in-a-dress.blogspot.com Louisa

    Sounds like a lovely proposal! Congratulations again! :-)
    I’ve been married 7 years but I still remember the proposal as we both ended up laughing rather than crying – the other half had decided to go down on both knees rather than one! :-) x

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