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29 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh, Scotland EH16 5PE, United Kingdom
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by Clodagh

I need a very honest, unbiased opinion from a few people. Which do you think would be better for a one or two night trip for a group looking for good nightlife for 25 to 35ish age people GLASGOW OR EDINBURGH ??? Also want the usual; pretty city, nice restaurants, good but cheap hotels etc. PS: There is a rumour going around that Glasgow is quiet rough, i've friends who live there and have been there who say the opposite, any opinions ??? I only ask cause i've no idea, am not trying to offend anyone.


by Davy124

Would also say Edinburgh,plenty of good hotels but not cheap.


by df53

As a glaswegian who now lives in Edinburgh I would say you would definitely get a better night out in Glasgow. However, if you want a "pretty" city then i guess Edinburgh definitely has the edge although definitely a bit dearer. Glasgow may well hav been rough some time ago but I wouldnt have any issues going out there now.


by local_guide

Edinburgh at first sight prettier - but Glasgow has more large parks (city with greatest amount of green space in UK I'm told), and more free/cheap museums and art galleries.
Designer shops - Glasgow
Less expensive but good accommodation - Glasgow
Night life and restaurants about the same although you will probably pay more for the city centre restaurants in Edinburgh.
Rough - the Glaswegian myth being perpetuated by ???? Edinburgh has a bigger drug problem. I personally knew one couple who were out to celebrate a birthday in an area close to the castle in Edinburgh, where there are quite a few restauarants, and the husband was stabbed, for no reason, by someone running past him.

I don't live in either city and can see the good and bad points of both. The good generally much outweigh the bad. Just as in all cities, be careful what areas you go to and stay in busy, well lit areas.

Have a good time.


by Mongy



by Pixiekatten

Edinburgh!! :)

My Edinburgh page is devoted to all good restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs in Edinburgh.. have a look and see what you think for yourself... When it comes to being pretty there is no question about it! Edinburgh wins!

-Malena, an ex-edinburger!

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

Sneek a Peek at the Old Town's Closes

by scottishvisitor

Stray away down through the old closes of Edinburgh's Old Town Streets. The need for housing in the old days meant always building upwards so some of the Closes being older were down from the steets you are walking on. The 'Closes or Wynds' are really interesting places full of 'Ghost Stories' and lots of history. In the past they housed the poor but today some (not all) have very desirable residences. In some of the Closes you will come across a steep flight of stairs, climb them and emerge in a different part of town = Great Fun I won't miss Edinburgh because I know I will keep returning to this great little City.


by tashka

When I told one of my friends I was going to Edinburgh, he said "You must try haggis!" I asked him what it was, but he told me (ironically) that I'd better just ordered it in a restaurant in Edinburgh.

I looked the meaning up in the Longman dictionary, which read: "haggis: a food eaten in Scotland, made from the heart and other organs of a sheep cut up and boiled inside a skin made from the stomach".

OK, I ordered haggis in Deacon Brodie's Tavern and it was quite good, tasted like spicy meat pate.

By the way, waiters usually look very happy, when a foreigner orders haggis, or is it funny?

Anyway, if you wish to learn more about haggis, you will find some haggis history here:

some haggis recipes here:

and you can even order haggis here (mind that it's forbidden to import haggis to some countries, like the USA, for example):

Bon appetite!

Forth Bridge

by Tom_Fields

The Firth of Forth is a wide expanse of water north of Edinburgh. The first railroad bridge over it was the Tay Bridge, which collapsed in 1879 with great loss of life. After that, Tancred-Arrol built a new railroad bridge designed by civil engineers Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker. Opened in 1890, this is now one of Scotland's most famous and distinctive landmarks.

The Forth Bridge is over 8,000 feet long, with towers standing 361 feet high. It stands 158 feet above the water.

It's between Queensferry and North Queensferry. These towns lie to the northwest of Edinburgh. I visited the bridge on a coach tour from Edinburgh. Go to the Edinburgh Convention Center (points of contact below) for more information.

Duddingston Village

by uglyscot

This interesting village is just outside Edinburgh, from Portobello. The village was once a weaving community. The church looks interesting but whenever I went, I found it locked. There is also a house where Bonnie Prince Charlie was said to have stayed.
Nearby is a loch, and all this is just under the ridge of Arthur's seat, and views of the Pentland Hills.
It makes a pleasant run in the late afternoon when the ducks etc are walking around near the loch.

Catle Fireworks

by mark_steps

Hogmany (New Years Eve) and other celebrations pull people by the thousands into Edinburgh. Saturday August 31 2002 saw over a quarter of a million!!!! people treck into the city to see the fireworks to mark the end of the Edinburgh Festival. For this event, its what you decide to wear but from past experience the more on the warmer you will be. It does get cold!


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