Links Hotel Edinburgh

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4 Alvanley Terrace, Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 1DU, United Kingdom
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one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by nanapie

Hi everyone,
I will be in Edinburgh nedxt Sat for the day with my tgwo teenagers. I want to take them to Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, and a daytime ghost tour. I also would like to know where is best place to eat, (one of them very fussy eater) doesnt like anything fancy. Will I have time to do all this between 9am and 5pm. Has anyone got any information on THE DUNGEON DROP. Could I fit this in too and where is it?
Please help. Thank you so much in advance.

Re: one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by Andrew_W_K

I would recommend you walk the Royal Mile from the castle to Holyrood Palace and take in the sights along there first. St Giles Cathedral and behind it the National Museum of Scotland Do all that in the morning/early afternoon and then take in the sights on Princes Street - gardens Scott Memorial and at the end of Princes Street you have Calton Hill for great views of the city. As for shops don't miss Jenners on Princes Street. The pubs serve good plain food everywhere.

Re: one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by leics

If you have a fussy eater then I'd stick to somewhere like Pizza Express. Wouldn't be what I'd choose for myself, but it will be perfectly ok and avoid potential whinges!

You can read about the Dungeon Drop here:

It's part of the Edinburgh Dungeon, at 32 Market Street.

Not my cup of tea at all, I'm afraid, and (imo) just as likely to traumatise as ghost walks, if not more so..... if you think your teens might be traumatised. All the 'dungeon' places seem to me to be just tourist traps, like Madame Tussauds in London.

Haven't been on any ghost-tours, sorry.

Re: one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by hawkhead

Teenagers have boundless energy, as well as boundless appetites! If you want to reign in some of the former, then send them up the Scott Monument to begin with - you can have a cuppa while they do it! Works a treat and the rest of the day can be slightly less energetic and more manageable!! Especially if you then walk up the hill to the Castle!!! As for fussy eaters, (what is defined as "fancy"?) then as suggested, there's Pizza Express and countless other fast food places, including baked potato outlets. No experience of any. There are also places that serve meat-and-two-veg type meals, or soup and sandwiches. Difficult when I don't know what "fancy" denotes!

Re: one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by iaint

Yes you can do this in 1 day. Might want to pre-book your tickets for the castle - see my Edinburgh pages.

For eating - how about the Hard Rock Cafe in George St. Teenager stuff for sure!

Re: one day in Edinburgh with 2 teens How to plan it.

by hawkhead

You'll not need to pre-book your tickets for the Castle at this time of year!

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

The List

by clivedinburgh

The List is a comprehensive annual guide to eating in Central Scotland. Hardcopies are available in most newsagents and I have always found the reviews to be accurate depictions of the various venues & food.

Notice the constantly changing...

by bluefelt

Notice the constantly changing skies. There is no single good moment to take a picture, 20 seconds later it's even more beautiful than before. I just did a painting of this. It's located on the Fullerton, CA page.

Scottish pubs


For many locals the Scottish pubs are their second home and a perfect place for conversation and the latest gossip.
British Pubs usually don't have a waiter service. You have to go to the bar, buy your drinks and pay immediately after your order.
The beers for sale are either on draught (on tap), in bottles or cans. Famous types of British beers are: Ale, Mild, Bitter and Stout.

Lowlands around Edinburgh

by monkeytrousers

There is a lot of nice scenary around the outskirts of Edinburgh which makes for quite a nice leisurely drive. Once outside the city you start hitting hills and more attractive scenary. Take the A701 to the M74 to experience both of these when driving.

Supermarket shopping

by Debbie1 about Lidl

Lidl is a cut price supermarket with a great range of food at very reasonable prices, much cheaper thaqn either Tesco's or Asda (Walmart for American's! Yes, there is a supermarket that is cheaper here).
If you want to not have to eat out all the time and are prepared to buy a few provisions and make sandwiches - this may not be so practical if in a B&B, but is not a bad idea if staying in a hotel, backpackers or a place like travelodge (my favourite :-) - then Lidl is a good place to shop. Dutch chocolate biscuits - 59p
Swiss Chocolate - 29p for 100 gms and tastes great
2 litre bottles of dandelion and Burdock ( a great tasting drink the colour of coke but tastes more like sarsparilla) - 39p
bottled water - not sure of the price but it's silly
loaves of bread, from about 23p a loaf
processed meats, - packaged and can buy a little at a time
fruit, - peaches and plums are reasonable as are nectarines in summer, or veges like lettuce and tomatoes for sandwiches I have bought enough to feed the family for two days for £7. Like I said, silly prices.


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