We're back in the states and we completely enjoyed our time in Edinburgh. We rented 5/3 Clifton Terrace through Edlets, and it is a wonderful flat and the owner is a very nice woman who went out of her way to make our time there special. The flat is right across the street from Haymarket station and all the good buslines run right by the place. Even with that, since the bedrooms are in back, it was pretty quiet! I would tell my best friends to book the place. ( it is up 2 flights of stairs... so not for the physically challenged)
We went on the Mercat Ghost and Ghoul tour, for our dose of the creeps. It was fun, and the guide " Barney" was a cool guy who didn't take himself too seriously.
We booked a day to the Border Abbeys with Craig, from "mini-tours.com" and although it was expensive, it was the highlight of the trip. He's as friendly as a wet Labrador, and knows his stuff - even when grilled by our historian. We were able to see some great stuff that the normal tours miss - like the William Wallace statue - which was very cool. Dryburgh Abbey was voted our favorite.
Another great day was our day trip by train to Stirling. We took the hop-on-hop-off bus while we were there so we were able to see the castle, Wallace monument, interp center and what is left of the battlefields, plus do a bit of shopping. Part of our crew continued by bus to Doune Castle - of Monty Python fame. A great time was had by all.
We enjoyed the museums (my personal favorite - I didn't know you had one of the Canova "The Three Graces" what a treat! ) We walked the Royal Mile, checked out the castle, tried out a few pubs, ate at Howies (yummy), and... Walked up Arthur's Seat, and down the other side - to lunch at The Sheeps Heid. I'd have never known about the place if not for you guys. Wonderful!
Our daughter bought a funky hat in a shop in the Grassmarket. We had a great lunch in an Italian place down there that I can't remember the name. We hiked part of the Leith Walk, strolled through New Town - and spent some money there, and at Jenners.
I'm sure we did more than that, but that's what I remember right this moment. Thanks for all of your help. I'd love to come back some day.