Edinburgh Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • BarbaraRiekwel
    Coatbridge, UK451 contributions
    Really enjoyed this wee island. We booked the boattrip including 11/2 hour stop on the island. The weather was nice and we had brought some lunch which we enjoyed on the bay/beach next to the abbey. The abbey itself is still closed, which we knew, but you can still see plenty and get a good view from the top of the island. Nice walk up to the top and wind your way down around the hill. Plenty of viewing points and lots of birds!
    The toilets were clean and there is a wee shop where you can get souvenirs and some soft drinks. The trip to the island was a bit rough but most people found that good fun i think. Lots of seals in the rocky island before you get to Incholm which was really nice and we got to see all 3 bridges from the water. Really nice trip and island.
    Written April 30, 2022
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  • Emily
    Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
    I went here because I'm an Outlander fan and this is a primary filming location for part of the show. Everyone from the gate attendant to the guides was extremely kind and helpful. This estate is beautiful and full of history. The guide, Jennifer, was so helpful and knowledgable on Outlander information, but she also gave me so much history about the estate itself. It was a great experience and I would recommend any Outlander fan to visit.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • Stephhh_D
    3 contributions
    We had an amazing time at the Edinburgh Gin Tasting - so interesting to hear about the distillation process, as well as how all of the wonderful Edinburgh Gins are created! The tasting itself was wonderful and our guide, Mel, was so knowledgeable and really made our experience!

    We took advantage of the 10% discount in the larger store, also being treated to some tastings whilst there and picking up some of EG’s amazing range.

    This is an absolute must do for any gin lovers whilst in Edinburgh!!
    Written May 28, 2022
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  • lrempala
    Deerfield Beach, FL152 contributions
    Old Small Medieval Type Village area. Leath Water way goes right through the village. Small waterfall, Dam.
    Very Picturesque. Nice paths and walkways along the Waterway. LOOONG Walk from the Yotel Hotel, Edinburgh.
    Seemed like a LONGER walk back. We did pass the Johhnie Walker Scotch Experience Store/Tour! A somewhat steep walk for us 70 year olds. BUT worth the Visit!
    Written April 25, 2022
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  • Kat C
    Mountlake Terrace, WA8 contributions
    This tour was a great experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the information we learned about gin, Pickering's gin, and gin specifically in Edinburgh was interesting. The test tasting of the different guns was fun too! Highly recommend the experience.
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • Bruce F
    Dundee, UK174 contributions
    We did the blood and guys tour as part of a visit to the Surgeons Museum. Gerry with a G was our host and was simply brilliant! His knowledge of the subject and storytelling style was brilliant, and the detail he crammed into the tour was awesome! The museum is great, really interesting and fascinating, perhaps not for the squeamish, but the highlight is Gerry’s tour!
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Anne C
    The Netherlands393 contributions
    What a fascinating place with very interesting history and of course, to top it all, the wonderful connections to Harry Potter! Loved it from both points.
    Written March 30, 2022
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  • Frankie T
    Belfast, UK1,376 contributions
    After browsing the shops and stocking up on coffee at Stockbridge we walked to Leith along the pathway. It is very well maintained and was quiet when we used it on a Monday morning.
    This is an interesting, flat easy walk of approximately just over two miles. Lots to look at along the way and some great coffee shops in Leith at the end.
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • Junior2008
    Fergus, Canada220 contributions
    This was a real unexpected pleasure! What a great site to visit. There is plenty to see in this beautiful old castle ruin. Not as polished as other sites, but that adds to the appeal. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from Holyrood palace - we took an Uber. If you are here, it was in our top 3 locations in Edinburgh!
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Saltrams
    Torricella in Sabina, Italy30 contributions
    We (a couple, M&F) visited on a Tuesday in April ‘22. We are National Trust members.
    Approaching the house on foot there is no direction signage. It isn’t hard to find & we had a tourist map but NT isn’t usually so reticent about putting up a couple of their brown (in England anyway) “this way” signs.
    Dear reader, we found it. And very happy we were because it is a treasure. I am particularly fond of and interested in domestic historic settings, from Ancient Roman houses to Victorian residences and this doesn’t disappoint.
    We count ourselves fortunate at 60 & 68 yrs old to be able to climb stairs but for those who cannot, this didn’t appear to be accessible. Maybe there is a hidden lift, I don’t know but be sure to check accessibility first because, prima facie, it is an issue.
    Starting on the second floor, there is a light, entertaining docu-drama film (allowing time to get some breath back after the climb). There seemed to be some dressing-up for children and a few activities for them but that isn’t an area of concern for us so again it will be necessary to check that if your young ones can’t experience this gem & need constant amusement.
    There is no need to describe each floor or room as there is plenty of informational material available. Suffice to say the house is very well presented and staffed by the NT’s usual enthusiastic retiree volunteers. Those who are deeply interested in history and this period won’t learn anything new here but just being transported back in time is sufficient enjoyment.
    Visit. You won’t be disappointed.
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • MaczEdinburgh
    Edinburgh23 contributions
    Fantastic relaxing day out! The Alpacas & the beautiful countryside views are so calming.. Each Alpaca had such a different personality & were all comic with their crooked teeth.. We had such a lovely day pottering round the country tracks with the Alpacas munching the trees & grass, it was a slow enjoyable walk & we could chat with each other & get interesting facts on Alpaca’s from Bob.. I definitely found it a stress relief to pat & cuddle the Alpacas & all the fresh air.. it was a perfect afternoon out! Gave to family for Xmas presents & they loved it too..
    Written May 24, 2022
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  • RimaC
    6 contributions
    Not much celebrated to date but worth a visit. It's really breathtaking to see how the place actually is. Lovely staff too.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • Sandra K
    2 contributions
    Took a trip on a recommendation and didn't really know what to expect. Was a stunning day so took the time to meander through the park and it really is truly beautiful.

    Some of the art pieces were really special , for instance the amethyst cave , and others not to my taste ... but I suppose that's what art is isn't it?

    But the highlight was the cafe, its a piece of art in itself. The interior is striking but the service and food were 5 star 🌟 perfect. Blown away , we really were.

    I had a lamb , broccoli and we shared a portion of truffled chips which were so classy, so much truffle! My partner had a cauliflower, Saffron thing and a beautiful goats cheese salad. It was a real highlight which we are still talking about.

    If you plan to go here , go in with an open mind and plenty of time, it was a much needed change of pace and really thought provoking.

    A massive thumbs up from us.
    Written May 24, 2022
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  • Craig Oliver-Walsh
    Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
    A great welcome to the world of brewing. Nathan was great about walking us through all the steps and answering all our questions throughout the process. It was certainly surprsing to see how things got finished off through the heat exchange and getting to taste some of out creation before it went off to settle for a few weeks.
    Written May 28, 2022
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  • Dr Simon Stones
    Bolton, UK1,169 contributions
    Cramond Island offers stunning views across the Firth of Forth, spanning from Leith and Edinburgh to the stunning bridges at Queensferry. Parking is available on the mainland free of charge. The walk across to the island at low tide takes around 15 minutes, and safe passing times are displayed on notice boards. The island is relatively small, and can be easily explored within an hour. It was a shame to see so much rubbish disposed on the island - I do wish people would clean up after themselves! Definitely worth a visit though if you are in the area.
    Written April 25, 2022
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