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“A Day with Bill Hill”
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Ranked #116 of 213 Nightlife in Edinburgh
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

What a fabulous day with our friend and trip advisor Bill Hill.. if you get to Scotland book this fine gentleman to give you the history of the local area..a morning exploring Rosslyn Chapel, lunch near Melrose Abbey with a concert in the town square complete with the local pipe band and finally to stand on the spot where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried..
You cannot do better than to ask Bill Hill to take you around the local area..

Thank gaiee2
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Just returned from worst weekend ever in Edinburgh with 2 friends. We are all aged over 40 all have good jobs and all dress smart, I can not believe the amount of pubs that would not let us in. Door staff are all rude and totally unprofessional. We also had a very bad meal in Jamie's Italian restaurant. Won't be visiting Edinburgh again.

Thank johnwalker2672
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is the second time I have visited Edinburgh. The first was with a party of adults. This time it was for a family wedding in Edinburgh and we were taking our 13 year old (v mature) son. We wanted him to enjoy Edinburgh and had given it due praise to him.

He was looking forward to it. He has travelled all round the world with us and loves city breaks.
However, the first pub told us that we had to go into another room with him as he is underage (which was fine with us, we can understand this in public bars) but then were told that in order for us to stay in said pub and in the childrens room we had to order food.
My husband only wanted a pint and myself a soft drink. So we had to leave. This happened in other pubs. You had to order food to stay for a drink.
Our family and friends with us were equally surprised that if you were an adult and only wanted a drink in a pub that was fine but if you have a child with you, then you are forced to order food.

The first evening we had all arrived we ate in an lovely Italian restaurant and our son was with us. He was made welcome and at his age enjoys adult meals. We left about 11.00.
On the final evening of our stay, we decided to go to another restaurant and stay there as our son was not allowed anywhere else. We were welcomed and again enjoyed a lovely meal which came to around £90.00.
We thought we would stay there and enjoy our last night, so I ordered a coffee and my husband a pint.
We were told we had to leave as it was 8.15 in the evening. When we asked why, we were told your son is underage and cannot stay after 8.00. Its the drinking law. So we were refused.
We did complain and although a waitress apologised and they refunded part of the meal as they said we should have been told when we first arrived, it still totally ruined the weekend.

It is sad that Edinburgh seems to encourage families, but then you have to lock your kids up after 8.00.
We have travelled everywhere with our son and always been made welcome. He said he felt embarrassed by how he was treated.
Edinburgh let us down. We agree that children should be well behaved where ever they go but they have to learn to socialise as well.
We have no issues going to a children's room/area in a pub but forced to order food everytime or told to leave a restaurant after 8.00 takes the biscuit. They were practically empty!!! Obviously do not need tourist money....

Thank lucylu12
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Apart from the Castle, Edinburg has little to offer tourists. Plus the streets are dirty and the footpaths uneven.

Thank Xlcobra
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

I love Edinburgh as a city; it is one of the most attractive in Northern Europe but a recent visit has left me having to suggest that it is a place best to avoid at the moment.
Traffic in Edinburgh is a nightmare; the principal streets are a mess of roadworks and diversions which are badly signed leading to hours spent in jams in the wrong part of the city. Parking is another nightmare. Aggressive and unhelpful wardens who I was told are on incentive schemes to catch anyone violating even the most minor regulation are everywhere and will pounce at the slightest opportunity. Shops will not provide change for parking meters and it is hugely expensive anyway.
There are almost no pedestrianized areas; Rose Street is partly so I think. Princes Street and the area around are overwhelmed by huge, evil smelling buses which clip corners all the time so you have to be alert not to get struck as you wait to cross the roads at one of the very few designated crossings. It is impossible to enjoy any of these thoroughfares such is the level of traffic and chaos. There are tram tracks but no trams. Apparently a tram scheme that was supposed to run collapsed leaving only the tracks in place. If you have even the slightest disability forget it! There is no proper parking for disabled people and no other facilities that can be readily identified. Very few shops and cafes are properly accessible. Finding places in malls is next to impossible even if you could find the parking in the first place.
IT is a shame but the attractions in the city are not sufficient to make it worth the struggle. The Royal Mile is very tatty and has a rundown appearance though the Castle is magnificent. The gardens in Princes Street are a haven and well worth taking time to enjoy.
We did find our way to an area of the New Town that was quieter and less chaotic with exceptional architecture but once again not of itself sufficiently interesting to justify spending a day in mortal combat.
In all it needs a total reorganization of its traffic and facilities. If that were to happen which I gather form locals is unlikely then it might recover the ground it has lost as a tourist destination. For the moment avoid it. Try some of the smaller towns in the general area such as St. Andrews that offer a far more peaceful visit.

Thank cl101
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