An absolute MUST would be...
An absolute MUST would be Holyrood Abbey. The atmosphere and the mood of the Abbey truly has the feel of Scotland. My fondest memory would be the Edinburgh Tattoo. It poured rain the whole show, but it was worth every minute.
go shopping on Princes Street....
go shopping on Princes Street. This is the main shopping area in Edinburgh city centre and has every shop you could want! The street itself is a mile long but feels longer. There are a few shopping centres on it too such as the St James Centre which has lots of great shops in it. On the street, you can find shops such as Debenhams, Barratts, Topshop, Claire's Accessories, Boots, Superdrug, La Senza (which is a beautiful lingerie shop)etc. Buying 'something' in La Senza (it doesn't matter what!!). Anyway, I went to the till and they wrapped up what I was buying in lovely tissue paper. Then they put it in a lovely big paper bag (for all you americans out there, this is a novelty for us - normally we get plain plastic bags!). Then they put my receipt in an envelope, popped it in the bag and asked if I wanted some scent. When I said yes, they put a handful of scented beads into the bag. Wow! pure luxury. And they even give 10% student discount!! What more could a girl want!
The annual Edinburgh Marathon has grown in stature to become a major event on the European calendar. Having said that it is also an excuse for many runners wanting to complete their first big run. This is a great way to see lots of Edinburgh - if you're hard enough!! - as the marathon starts in Princes St and winds its way through Holyrood Park (which is also the finish), along the waterfront and back to the finish line at Holyrood Park after 26 and a bit miles.
The next marathon is 11 June 2006 and you can enter by visiting the official website. The cost (for general o'seas runners) is 40 pounds if you enter early enough otherwise it is as high as 50 pounds unless you can arrange to run for charity. The usual shoes, shorts & top but make sure you are sorted out with your water and carbo drinks - especially if you have travlled a long way to get here (no booze on the flight!!)
Museum of Flight
The Museum of flight is part of the National Museums of Scotland, situated at the former East Fortune Airfield about 20 miles east of Edinburgh.
It has four hangers and sundry other buildings, plus a RAF Vulcan and a Comet charter jet outside, with a collection of military and civil aircraft from the early days, right up to a Concorde. Yes, a real Concorde, codesign Alpha Alpha, BAs very first Concorde.
The Vulcan was part of the UK nuclear 'deterrent', equipped to fly to the Arctic and bomb the Soviet Union; the bombs are also on display, decommisioned, of course.
Generally, you won't find anything flying, apart from microlights from a nearby airstrip, except on special events. I last went on a WW2 weekend, when they has a Spitfire, a Messerschmidt, a Catalina and sundry other planes flying. There is also an annual airshow... except the 2005 was cancelled due to the G8 summit.
To visit, it would take from about ninety minutes for a quick skim, to all day if you are hardcore plane enthusiast. Well worth a visit if at all interested in planes.
Open 1000-1700 16 Mar-30 Oct, weekends only rest of year.
Admission: £5 Adults, £4 Concessions; Child 12 and under free.
Additional £3/£2 to board Concorde.
From Edinburgh, take the A1, following directions for Berwick-upon-Tweed, museum is signposted.
Cozy, with a great snakebite blackcurrent.
A warm and cozy bar and lounge - I remember nooks and fireplaces over multiple levels in this underground pub. Wasn't part of organized pub-crawls when I was there. If you can avoid them it's great. Nope. But don't wear anything Celtic, it'll be taken wrongly.