Unless you are Scottish or have an interest in Scottish history, you may find that seeing the Honours of Scotland (i.e. the Scottish Crown Jewels) is going to leave you feeling a bit disappointed, as there really isn't very much to see.
The lineup can be extremely long, especially during the height of tourist season
Unique Suggestions: Be prepared for a long wait.
Fun Alternatives: Visit the rest of Edinburgh Castle.
It's not exactly a tourist trap, but with a little knowledge, both tourists and local travelers alike can save money by avoid the high cost of baggage storage in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Waverly train station's "Left Luggage" facility charges £5/day to store EACH bag, and is open from 0700-2300.
Luckily, some friendly Scots warned us and suggested the alternative.
Fun Alternatives: Walk 3 blocks to the Edinburgh bus station, located on St. Andrew's Square.
The large storage lockers there cost £5 and are accessible 24 hours a day. One locker was large enough to store my backpack and those of my wife and parents.
...I wish we had run into those Scots to buy them a round of pints.
This museum shows the creation of earth , animals , ice , lava.
I thought it will be much more interesting - spend your money and time on something else...very boring
Unique Suggestions: Try to stay away from the animals and dont get eaten like me ;-)
Fun Alternatives: Walk in the royal mile and enjoy your trip
In Scotland we have our own notes, these are legal tender up here, but sometimes in England they are not accepted, so if you are travelling home or to England/Wales try and use all your scottish notes or ask the Bank or shop assistant to change for English notes if they have any. Some shops do accpet euros, but it is not widely used
If you believe everything you read and hear then you may well assume that all Edinburghs buildings are haunted
wether you are a sceptic or a believer you must realise that this is very unlikely
there are several `ghost` tours available, all plainly designed to part you with your money and frighten you to bits
Unique Suggestions: if you do take one of these tours please veiw it light heartedly, and dont be scared, in todays litigation-happy society no company would take you anywhwere remotely dangerous
Buses are fantastic in Edinburgh, ther are really thet only form of PT to get around the city. However, always to remeber to have the correct change before boarding as the drivers do not give change. In fact, they don't even habdle the money.
Despite this, the excellent Airport-City shuttly does provide change as it is a little more expensive.
Most routes in the city cost £1, so have the coins ready.
Unique Suggestions: There really isn't a way out of it as most of the drivers will refuse to split anything. I know people who have lost whole £10 pound notes as they didn't know that they weren'g going to get change.
Fun Alternatives: Most shopowners won't open the till to break anything your cash unless you buy something - I have a good stock of chewing gum!!
The first time i was at the castle, as a stop on a bus tour, we only had a short time to look around after the walking tour. I thought i would go through the exhibition to see the Crown Jewels. Mistake. It took about 30 minutes by the time everyone filed through to see painted scenery and storyboards telling some history and at the end were two or three things that were the crown jewels. A scepter i remember. I forget the rest. Not impressive. Spend your time looking at the Great Hall and the Royal Apartments and the military museum in the castle instead.
Unique Suggestions: Lots of neat things in the rest of the castle compound. spend time looking at the view.
I wouldn't call it a tourist trap, but the new Scottish Parliment is perhaps one of the ugliest and most expensive buildings in the world.
Supposedly to be complete by spring 2003, at £10 million, this ugly overturned boats design has cost £400 million and they aren't even finished.
Some people believe it is "a must" to visit the Whisky Heritage Center, but since I'm not that fond of wax figures, I would suggest that you shouldn't waste your money, but better visit a real distillery.
Fun Alternatives: If you don't have time for a visit to a real distillery, just visit the website of the Whisky Heritage Center: http://www.whisky-heritage.co.uk/
The Center's shop is too expensive, look around, as if you are in a museum, and go shop in other places.
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