‘I just can’t get enough of it,’ Peter Sawkins says of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets.


PETER SAWKINS was just a normal University student when he won The Great British Bake Off 2020. This website spoke to the baker from Edinburgh, “born and bred”, about his top tips to visit the city.

Peter Sawkins is very much in love with Edinburgh. “I absolutely love the place, I’m really just sort of taken by it. I think the special thing about Edinburgh is it’s a really small place. It’s a small city. However, there’s a lot packed into it.

“I have these things that we call ‘Spontaneous Edinburgh Appreciation Moments’. Where I’ll just stop and go ‘wow, isn’t Edinburgh great?’ as we’re just walking up the Royal Mile or down the Mound or through Bristol Square or something.

“I just love being here. I’ve lived here for 21 years and I still find new bits of buildings I’ve never seen before, I see a new close I haven’t actually looked down before.

“The city still surprises me and I just can’t get enough of it.”

Peter’s ideal day off includes a lot of walking, as well as a cheeky ice cream treat.

He said: “My perfect day would start off with a walk through Old Town, probably making my way down to Stockbridge. I think going from Southside Edinburgh, through Old Town through New Town down to Stockbridge and then I’d stop off for a coffee or a brunch down there probably.

“Then I would definitely have to go and get an ice cream from Mary’s Milk Bar or MOO Pie Gelato in the early afternoon.”

“I love walking up Arthur’s Seat, or running up it, but my favourite place, I think, is actually Blackford Hill. You know, if you’re going from Southside, you can get up there in 40/50 minutes. And it’s not too far away. But because you’re at the south end of the city, you get this view of the entire city looking to Fife. You look around you see Arthur’s Seat, Carlton Hill, you see the castle, you get absolutely everything of the city, because you’re right at the at the south of it.”

“The Meadows in summer is the best place that you can be. Everyone’s just relaxing, having a good time there.”

“Carlton Hill is obviously incredibly touristy. But once again, the views are second to none, you. “Brinkwire Summary News”.


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