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Trip List by luxey

Edinburgh for Everybody!

May 2, 2006  Born and Bred in Edinburgh - love it!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

A quick and easy guide to the capital of Scotland - come in spring and avoid the busy tourist season of the summer.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Edinburgh
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer
  • 1. Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh
    Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Avg price: $336

    This is a fantastic hotel set right on the west end of Princes Street - perfect location for exploring the city. Newly renovated and personally, I think the best in Edinburgh. I had my wedding recption here and as a result it has become a very special place for us. Staff are very efficient and will do anything to help. Afternoon tea is great! There is also lesiure facilities and a spa for when you need a bit of R&R.

  • 2. Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

    You couldn't come to the city without visitng our gorgeous Castle. Steeped in history, perching on top of a hill giving outstanding views. Guided tours are avaliable or you can meander round at your own pace. Make sure you are there at 1pm to see the 1o'clock gun being fired. All the tourists jump and the locals check their watch! There are indoor areas to visit - one of the most special areas being the Scottish Crown Jewels and The Stone of Destiny. You may be lucky enough to see a Scottish Wedding being held here too. We got married here and the presence of the visitors made it all the more special. Start your visit early in the morning to avoid queues and to make the most of the Castle. Following your visit you can walk down the Royal Mile and finish up at Hollyrood Palace - or you can take the bus if your feet are tired!

  • 3. Princes Street
    Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

    The famous street lined with shops on one side and the beautiful gardens on the other. Spend a day walking around the shops and the gardens. Must go to Jenners - the Harrods of Edinburgh. Nip up a street onto George Street and visit some of the designer shops and stop in one of the trendy bars or restraunts for lunch/dinner. At the far end of Princes Street you will find Harvey Nichols for the most designer shopping and a fabulous restraunt at the top.

  • 4. Our Dynamic Earth
    Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland

    This is a great trip for both adults and children. Save it for a rainy day as it is all based inside. This takes you back millions of years and shows you how the earth has evolved. Experience a volcanic eruption, an iceberg and a rainforest. There is a cafe or you can take your own food. Of course there is a gift shop and a small soft play are for children.

  • 5. Museum of Scotland
    National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

    This is a fabulous museum to wander round and see many different exhibits. Spend as little or as long as you like. Walk a bit further down the road and you will see the famous statue of Greyfriars Bobby.

  • 6. General Information

    Edinburgh is a great base to explore the rest of Scotland. Take a tript through to Stirling to see Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and Bannockburn. Visit the highlands to go Nessie spotting and see the bridge and train that was used in the Harry Potter movies. Also visit Glasgow for more shopping and museums.