Edinburgh Travel Guide

  • Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
    Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
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  • Views from the castle
    Views from the castle
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  • Exterior (2)
    Exterior (2)
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Edinburgh Things to Do

  • Scott Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt. Walter Scott I got out of Princes Street Gardens at 8.45am and walked along Princes Street trying to kill some time until the Tourist Centre open (9.00am) so I decided to spend those 15minutes at the Scott Monument which is located just opposite Jenners department store dominating the south...

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Standing at the head of Old Town the Edinburgh Castle is the main paid visitor attraction and dominates Edinburgh skyline. You may want to save these £16 but if you pay the ticket for this not really big castle you can easily spend some time inside (from 2 to 5 hours depending on your pace) as the castle includes military museums, café/restaurants,...

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  • Royal Mile - High Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A distant siren wailed down towards the High Street… From Ian Rankin’s Black & Blue (1997) Royal Mile is the oldest street in Edinburgh and most probably the one you will walk most of any other. The street connects the Edinburgh Castle that is situated at the top of the hill and goes down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. That’s why I booked a...

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Edinburgh Restaurants

  • The Witchery By The Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The other half of the Secret Garden - visited Hallowe'en 2013 and 2014 and going same day 2015! - please refer other review ! Also from http://thewitchery.com/The-Secret-Garden.html "Is this the prettiest restaurant ever? I think so" -Andrew Lloyd Webber The elegant charms of the Secret Garden are one of the city's best-kept secrets. Hidden down...

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  • Deacon Brodie's Tavern

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Located on the Royal Mile just a few minutes from Castle Hill this fine looking pub/restaurant is the one of the best places to eat if your looking for great food at a reasonable price with relaxed friendly surroundings and great decor.A good varied menu from local dishes to international and a fine selection of ales and wines.Snack and have a...

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  • Elephant House

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Elephant House bills itself as "The Birthplace of Harry Potter", because this is where the author J.K. Rowling often "mulled over a coffee writing her first Harry Potter novel." They have a nice view of Edinburgh Castle out the back window, and up front there are some computers with internet connection which used to cost £ 1.00 for thirty...

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Edinburgh Nightlife

  • George Street

    Stylish bar on corner of St Andrews Sq/George St that has a stunning world map of the wine growing areas painted on the ceiling. The food is good and the wine is so valued that it's in a vault in the basement. Smart casual

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  • Grassmarket/Victoria Street

    Sitting on a bench and drinking a pint in the exact same spot where for the past 5 centuries weary travellers and merchants have sat, drinking a pint just as I am now... that's what the pubs in the beautiful heart of Edinburgh are all about. Even if you're not in the mood for a drink or food, the White Hart Inn is more than a pub, it’s an...

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  • Rose Street

    What do you need to kill a few hours before heading off to your next adventure? Place to store luggage ✔ Table & chairs ✔ Free Wifi ✔ A Few Pints ✔ The %L[Black Rose Tavern]Black Rose Tavern,had what we needed so we tucked our luggage out of the way, grabbed our laptops and ordered our drinks. I loved the decor inside...

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Edinburgh Transportation

  • How to go there

    By planeI took a direct easyjet flight from Athens when I saw their offer (30e one way). 3 hours later I was in Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) which is located 15km west of the city center.From the airport to the centre:1)Express busI used the Airlink Express bus #100. It runs from 4.45am to 00.22 to Waverley Bridge (at night take N22...

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  • How to move around

    I spent most of my time in Edinburgh Old Town where I had the chance to walk everywhere with no problem (ok it’s hilly I know). New Town is just 15’ walk away also so again no need for any bus.By local busIn reality I used a bus only to/from the airport and if I had more time I would use a bus for Leith port which was high on my list but I...

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  • Trams

    Edinburgh’s new tram line has been operating since May 2014. It runs from the Airport into the city centre at York Place.The city had planned for it to be longer and more extensive, but the project was badly mismanaged by the city. It was semi-completed very late and many millions over budget after the Scottish Government stepped in to sort out the...

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Edinburgh Shopping

  • Princes Street

    As far as souvenir shops go the Great Scot is a reasonable one to visit with good prices, no bagpipe music and spacious enough to walk around comfortably, but only after you get passed the big hairy cow that hangs around by the entrance. I have been visiting this shop on quite a few occasions for as long as i can remember, usually buying boxes of...

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  • The Royal Mile

    Towards the end of the Royal Mile is Edinburgh's best Vinyl record store with 1,000's of old records, CD's, posters and shirts. There are many rare records and lots of albums by bands that i had never heard of. Expect to pay between 5 and 20 quid depending on the rarity and condition of the record. I was pleased to see some of my old favorites but...

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  • Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre

    The Ocean Terminal shopping centre is situated in Leith 2 miles from Edinburgh city centre. This is a large shopping centre with shops such as Marks and Spencer, New Look and BHS. There are many different shops here as well as a restraunt area with a few different food counters selling a variety of food. There is also a patio are over looking the...

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Edinburgh Local Customs

  • Eating / Drinking

    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...

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  • Men In Kilts

    now you can't come to Scotland and not try the nation's second favourite drink - Irn Bru (Iron Brew). it's made fae girders (not really but it's supposed to give you super human powers - just like this piper has .... hmmm)

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  • Miscellaneous

    In Leith there is a monument to the whalers, showing a harpoon that was used to hunt whales. This want to remember that they used the fat of whales to illuminate the lighthouse which guided the sailors En Leith hay un monumento a los balleneros , que tienen un arpón de los que se usaban para cazar ballenas Con ello quieren recordar que...

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Edinburgh Warnings and Dangers

  • Money

    Scottish banknotes are not the same as English notes. As well as getting them in your change, Scottish ATMs will of course give you Scottish banknotes.Scottish banknotes are legal tender in the rest of the UK but that does NOT mean that any retailer (or hotel owner, taxi driver etc) has to accept them. In the UK, prices displayed are, in law, an...

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  • Old Town: lots of steps........

    If you have any sort of mobility issues you need to know that the closes (alleyways) in Old Town are all very steeply stepped. Coming from New Town, unless you approach on foot along North Bridge, you'll either be climbing those steps or walking up the very steep Cockburn Street, North Bank Street or Mound Place/Ramsey Lane.The 'Royal Mile' itself...

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  • Buskers, and others, in Old Town

    Just be aware that Old Town is a prime tourist area and therefore is inevitably highly attractive to those who wish to busk or beg.There are some very good buskers indeed (I was much impressed by the piper). And there are some who, amazingly, seem to make money from just wearing a kilt with Star Wars gear. I'm saying nothing.......There are also a...

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Edinburgh Tourist Traps

  • Tours Etc.

    There are many walks that claim to show you 'Underground Edinburgh,' but only one shows you the part of the city that was buried many years ago: Mary King's Close. Other tours will dub themselves as "underground," but only show you vaults under a bridge (South Bridge). You will not be allowed to take any photos or videos, but they will try to...

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  • Shopping

    Like any capital city there are plenty of traps to allure the eager tourist. Watch out for the overpriced shortbread biscuits, tartan everything (can you find YOUR clan?) and plenty of whiskey themed gifts. I managed to go home with all three!.

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  • Royal Mile

    Unless you want something typical Scottish to eat and pay for it don't eat at the restaurants on the Royal Mile. They are very expensive and if you never had any Scottish food before and are not sure, this is not the place to try it.

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Edinburgh What to Pack

  • Combined Suggestions

    We were greeted, on leaving the train at Edinburgh, with a very cold wind, and we all did our best to pull jackets or sweaters from our luggage. (This was in May.) The weather was very crazy there. It was at different times cloudy, sunny, cloudy & raining, sunny & raining, very windy, chilly yet sunny, and even hailing...and that was all in the...

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  • Clothing - Winter

    Edinburgh on New Year's Eve was one of the coldest nights I've experienced, and that was not due to lack of clothing. I was layered up in pretty much every clothing item I had packed, including huge fleece lined water- and wind-proof ski jacket, and I was still frozen. So my message is to never underestimate how cold it can be.

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  • Shoes

    A small back pack would be useful for drinks & snacks on the go As I said good & comfortable walking shoes = Edinburgh is a great City for walking In summer a light rain jacket which can be packed away or quickly retreved in preperation of a quick rain shower None required you can buy anything you need in local shops/chemists, but if you are on...

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Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

  • Daytrips

    Linlithgow is a small town about 25 km west of Edinburgh, best-known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The palace where she was born is now a roofless ruin, but its romantic rooms, stairways and passages can still be explored, with the windows offering great views of the park and the loch. The Queen did not stay here long: seven months...

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  • Sidetrips

    We were staying in Peebles for a week and were meeting up with an old nursing mate of mine. So we were looking for somewhere to meet when she suggested Tarquair House. We were staying in Tarquair Cottage and discovered that the house was only a mile or so up the road from us. We also discovered that it is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland so...

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  • Rosslyn Chapel

    In 1446 Sir William St. Clair, the 3rd. and last Prince of Orkney built an extraorinary Chaple here in tiny Roslin. The Gothic Chaple has links with the Knights Templer and the Mason's Organisation but has many tales to tell, it is said to be the story of the Bible revealed in stone. Imagine how I felt when first casting a distant eye over the...

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Edinburgh Sports & Outdoors

  • Rugby

    Rugby internationals at Murrayfield - always a big occasion, but especially for world cup games. People descend on the city from all over the country to meet up with old friends and support the national team. I haven't been for years, but before the family commitments came along, I was a "hard core" regular! Update! Went to see Scotland v France...

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  • Football

    The jambos (jam tarts = Hearts) play their football at Tynecastle and have been giving the Old Firm (Celtic & Rangers) a run for their money in the last two seasons. Bank rolled by lithuanian Vladamir Romanov they have made their way through 3 managers last season, finished 2nd in the league and won the Scottish Cup. To date this season there has...

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  • Walking

    Hollyrood Park which belongs to the Monarchy but is accessable to all with no gates or restrictions. The park is 650 acres of unmanicured hill just raw nature as nature intended. If the weather is fine go for a walk here and see Arthur's Seat, a long ago extinct volcano which erupted under the sea when Scotland was many miles from where it is today...

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Edinburgh Favorites

  • Edinburgh Castle

    I think that edinburgh's castle is just amazing:his position is great and you can have a great view of all the city.You can walk inside it and return back of centuries thinking at the Bravehearth movie and at medieval period.It's a classical touristic thing but i think you can't asbolutely miss it The panoramic view is amazing..and just that is...

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  • Royal Mile

    There are numerous small streets that lead away (north and south) from the Royal Mile. Antique maps of the Old Town actually show the city resembling the skeleton of a fish with the castle as the head and the narrow streets on either side as the ribs. These are called "closes" and "wynds" (rhymes with kind). But what's the difference, I hear you...

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  • Miscellaneous

    I noticed this vehicle parked outside a dental practice and thought it was a great way to advertise. I am sure if some other businesses follow suit we will see many colourful looking adverts on cars driving around the capital. Well done Mr. Dentist !

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