Alpha Guest House

19 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4TE, United Kingdom
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Places to have breakfast

by svetik2000

Turns out my hostels came without breakfast so now I'm wondering where can I get a decent breakfast in the centre? I'd like to try the full cooked breakfast at least once, so any places to get it would be greatly appreciated! Areas preferred are around Royal Mile and Princess Street, though I'm ready to travel a bit for good food :)
Also, if anyone is currently in Edinburgh and fancies a drink of something/walk around the festival venues/etc, let me know - I wouldn't mind having some company while I'm here till 20 August.

Re: Places to have breakfast

by zizkov

Bannermans in the Cowgate (down from Royal Mile) was known for its Sunday breakfasts - depending on when you log back on though, you may have missed it!

The Standing Order in George St is a Wetherspoons pub in a grand ex-bank building serving big breakfasts.

I'm not usually in Edinburgh around breakfast time, hope some others can add a bit more for you. Have a great time!

Re: Places to have breakfast

by BlueBeth

Ricks on Frederick Street (just off Princes Street) is fabulous for breakfast, they do great champagne brunches for around £12 but also do normal Scottish Breakfasts

Re: Places to have breakfast

by clivedinburgh

The Kenilworth on Rose St always used to do a great breakfast.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

visit the Edinburgh Castle! ...

by Svitata

visit the Edinburgh Castle! It sits right in the center of the city and can be seen from nearly any corner of the city you are in. It's quite a regal sight, especially at night. Walking on the hilly cobblestoned streets of the old city. Absolutely wondrous!

Have a pint mate!

by Pixiekatten

Anyone interested in beer and ale shoud definately go to Edinburgh (or anywhere in Scotland) to try a few good pints of this yellow/brownish/black drink! During my time there I found some very tasty ones. Wasn't even that fond of beer before I got to Edinburgh.
Some local goodies are:

Based just thirty miles east of Edinburgh in the coastal town of Dunbar, Belhaven Brewery is the largest regional brewer in Scotland.
The beers:
Best Extra Cold
St. Andrews Ale
80 Shilling

The sole survivor of 40 or more breweries in Edinburgh is the Caledonian Brewery.
The beers:
Deuchars IPA
Caledonian 80
Caledonian XPA
Golden Promise (the 1st organically brewed beer)

This fine ale used to be brewed in the heart of Edinburgh but closed in late 2004. Building still stands in Fountainbridge.
The beers (still available at some pubs)

McCowan's brewhouse Edinburgh. Started in December 1999, owned by Scottish Courage. According to a member of the bar staff it ceased brewing at the end of May 2003 but restarted brewing in spring 2004.
The beers
Arctic Stout
Alexander's strong ale
Auld summer shiner
Millennium ale
Domnhul dubh

Pulse Centres

by clivedinburgh

The civic sports centres were extremely well maintained in Edinburgh and I have used the Pulse Centres in Glenogle swim centre, Dalry swim centre & Meadowbank in the past. This was a good way to get a cheap workout (£3.80 per session) without having to fork out on expensive monthly fees, having not been for a while I thought I'd better update this page.

Most sporting venues in Edinburgh are now "managed" by Edinburgh Leisure who have almost doubled the price of a workout to £6.60. I should find this shocking but sadly do not, seeing it as yet another example of incompetence by council officials. A monthly pass costs £38 which is nearly as much as the cost of the more upmarket Leisure Club within the city. Running machines, free weights, steppers, striders, multigyms, etc

Museum of Flight 2

by zizkov

The base itself originally dates from 1916, when it was a coastal defence station, with torpedo bombers, and airships. I hadn't known the airships had much role, but apparently they guarded North Sea convoys and overflew the German coast. A German airship also flew up the Forth to bomb Rosyth (but missed, and bombed Edinburgh). It was decommissioned, but brought back as a bomber airfield (used for training) in 1939.

One hanger, with pictures here, has a range of civilian and military planes, ranging from pre 1939 to near-modern times. Also a lot of information on the planes, the history of the site, and Scottish aviation. Amongst the planes is a USAF Phantom (but my picture of that is too poor to show).

Another hanger has several planes which are 'works in progress' : growing the collection is a gradual progress, and some of them need quite a bit of work.

The plane in the third picture is an oddity: as you would guess that propeller would not move it. It was rocket propelled, basically a flying bomb: luckily it never made it to full deployment. When I was in the Science Museum in London, I found they had a short film about this.

Rose Street - The Ultimate Scottish Pub Crawl

by MarieGutscher about A Street by any other name...

Rose Street is one of the most famous streets in Edinburgh, mostly because of the number of pubs that are packed into it and perhaps also because it used to be a very well known red light district. Ahem…it isn’t anymore, it’s a lovely street now.
My dear friend Adelle asked me if I wanted to take the “ROSE STREET CHALLENGE” – start at one end and have one drink in every pub – the goal being to reach the end of the street and still be able to move one leg in front of the other.
I passed on this challenge as I don’t have a very high alcohol tolerance and figured that I’d be arrested and thrown in an Edinburgh drunk tank before making it halfway down the street.
However, if it’s a pub crawl you want – this is the street to accomplish it on!
After your pub crawl, when you’re all uninhibited from the booze you can stop in at the huge internet café and email all of your friends – an excellent idea but only if you can still type and only if you don’t end up sending them embarrassing emails that say,
“I'm here in Rosesstreet an whent pub crallwing…it was fun. But I nevr told yu hwo much I luuuvvee yuo! Yer my best friend – you realy ar…I mean it…I never told you…but you’re my bestesst friend in th ewhold world!” As with most establishments in Scotland do not show up in jeans and "trainers" AKA running shoes in most pubs. Put on your chino's and loafers before going out on the town!


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