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“A great day out in Edinburgh”
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Birmingham
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
“A great day out in Edinburgh”
Reviewed September 6, 2007

A great day out in Edinburgh

Get up early and visit the Castle, at 1pm the Castle fires a single canon - originally so you could set your watch to the right time.

Head down the HIGH STREET and turn left in to COCKBURN STREET for some unusual and interesting shops. Remember in Edinburgh your never far from a pub.

On the corner of GEORGE STREET and CASTLE STREET you will find a restaurant called “Oloroso” which is situated on the top of the building (3rd floor) with stunning views of Edinburgh and the castle. You need to look out for the discreet glass door and lift. This is a great place for a coffee and they have amazing bathrooms.

Head along to the Scott Monument on PRINCES STREET taking in GEORGE STREET and ROSE STREET. Well worth the climb to the top.

If you still have the energy one of the best views of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat is from CARLTON HILL. Climb the columns and take lots of pictures. Head down the other side of Carton Hill in to ROYAL TERRACE and the top of LEITH WALK on the right you will find a gem of a deli called “Valvona & Crolla” which serves the best cakes and coffee in town, you can also buy the most amazing Italian food and wines. Look out for the statute of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Giraffes.

The main Bus depot is at this end of town so try and Edinburgh double Decker bus.

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Columbus, OH
1 review
3 helpful votes
“Edingurgh in the Spring”
Reviewed April 16, 2007

My friend and I went to visit another friend who lives in Edinburgh. The people were very friendly and were willing to answer our questions when we told them we were dumb Americans. The city was beautiful although a little chilly; lots of fantastic architecture and historical sites. Princes Street is great for shopping and the Royal Mile is great for touristy stuff. We took a tour of the Royal Mile that was very interesting: Secrets of the Royal Mile. I strongly suggest hiking up Calton Hill; lots of good views and picture opportunites on the Parthenon replica. You should definately check out Roslyn Chapel (from the DaVinci Code). It's about an hour bus ride out into the country but it's worth it. A good place to have high tea is Tigerlilly, very posh so you should probably make a reservation. As for pubs, Sandy Bells has live music nearly every night, Frankenstein was great for dancing, and Bar Kohl has the most amazing shots you'll ever see (or taste). La Favorita is an awesome authentic Italian place in Leith. There are also tons of little authentic restaurants of all nationalities (Indian, Jamaican, Mexican, etc.). All of the ones that we ate at were delicious. All in all, an excellent city with something for everyone.

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North Haven, CT
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
142 helpful votes
“Everything in Edinburgh is up-hill”
Reviewed September 14, 2006

We were in Edinburgh for 5 days in August for the festival and Tattoo.
While the Tattoo was a slight dissappointment (they have singers and acts that are not pipers) when the pipers were on it was magical and majestic.
Some of the street performers was also fantastic, funny, enjoyable and unbelievebale.
Dundin Guest House on Priestfield had very nice rooms, great food, a lukewarm host and no general sitting room.
Hewats is an owner operated restaurant at 19-21B Causewayside and it is fantastic. The best of our whole 19 day trip.
The Witchery, near the castle was fun but oh so expensive.
Check out the stained glass windows in Edinburgh Castle War Memorial room. Done by Douglas Strachan they are fantastic. He also did one in St Giles Cathedral.

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Perth, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
16 helpful votes
“Absolutely Gorgeous City”
Reviewed August 7, 2006

Flew from London to Edinburgh, Scotland on July 22nd, 2006. Got a cab and went to our hostel, the Globtrotter Inn of Edinburgh. We were delighted with the security and rooms at the hostel. There were 4 of us traveling together and the room we had included 4 bunk beds new, made of wood, new matteresses, with curtains and privacy lights inside each bunk. Such a delight compared to the hostels we had visited the previous week in Ireland. In our opinion the Globetrotter Inn of Edinburgh is one of the best managed hostels we stayed in. We were there for 3 consecutive nights.

Edinburgh as a city is absolutely gorgeous! If you love old architecture and double-decker buses, this is the city to visit. We spent over 1/2 a day wandering around the Edinburgh castle simply soaking up the atmosphere and yet didn't see all there was to see . You can rent audio equipment that tells the history of the castle and see it at your own pace or join a tour group.

We had the most delicious dinner at a restaurant called Stac Polly on Grindlay St., Edinburgh. They specialize in authentic Scottish meals, including surprisingly good Haggis! The Lamb dinner was simply wonderful! The desserts melt in your mouth....can't say enough good things!

Also, we hired Sam from Kayak Scotland and he took us out early on the Firth of Forth and was both an entertaining and informative guide. One of our group (age 63) had never been kayaking before and as a result of his instruction and attention to detail, she now is planning on taking her husband kayaking when she is home in the USA.

Edinburgh as a city was charming, clean and easy to get around in. There is a fantastic bus system that is easy to use and will get you just about any place in the city you want to see. I strongly recommend a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. There are so many castles to visit and so much old history, you may feel you have gone back in time!

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Tunbridge Wells
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
29 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed July 21, 2006

Great city! We stayed 3 nights in July and it was wonderful!! You can basically walk wherever you want, it feels very safe day or night. The streets are lined with nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. We found the best burger place "Wannaburger". 100% scottish beef - great quality- best beef we had since moving to the U.K 3 years ago!
The castle was interesting, I would recommend one of the ghost or history tours. It's also a good idea to start your trip with a bus tour, e.g hop on-hop off, which you can start from the train/bus station. It will give you an idea of the city lay -out.
You will find the new city with all the modern shops on one side and all the all cobblestone streets and old town on the castle side. Just a 10 min walk.
Perfect 2-3 day trip, if you're staying longer I would recommend a day tour to the highlands!
Hope this helps!
spyflugan

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