Plan ahead-August is a giant festival
Normally I don't plan any trip this far ahead, it was only because I wanted to get tickets to Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) that I was. When I did start looking at adding a couple of days in Edinburgh to my trip I discovered that almost all of the festivals in Edinburgh are held at the same time
Edinburgh Art Festival: 31 July - 31 August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 1 - 25 August
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 1 - 23 August
Edinburgh International Festival: 8 - 31 August
Edinburgh International Book Festival: 9 - 25 August
Edinburgh Mela: 29 - 31 August
The Tattoo or the Fringe Festival alone would draw huge crowds to Edinburgh but having all of it at once makes everything far more expensive in August.
The Tattoo tickets sell out, I am able to find tickets but they aren't the best seats.
Book at least a cancellable reservation for a hotel, I was able to find one that didn't kill my pocketbook but the rates for a single room are far less than a double. And I had to break my hotel into two pieces to get the cheaper single rates at both of the places I have reserved.
This is the signal that does not like to many travellers , as we do not understand this prohibition, because when you take pictures without flash it does not create any damage to the site or discomfort to other visitors and in addition if you do not take pictures you are not going to buy more post cards.
I think with the pictures of the tourists, it is much more propaganda for the sites when we show the pictures to the friends or put them on a blog and also it help us to have a more up close and personal memories of the sites
"In Rosslyn Chapel, is not allowed to take photos or video inside"
Esta es la señal que menos nos gusta a algunos viajeros, pues no la comprendemos, cuando hacer fotos sin flash no crea ningún daño ni molestia y además por no hacer fotos no se van a comprar más tarjetas postales .
Creo que con las fotos de los turistas, se hace mucha más propaganda a los sitios cuando enseñamos las fotos o las colgamos en un blog y además nos ayudan a tener un recuerdo más próximo y personal de los sitios
"En la capilla de Rosslyn, no permiten hacer fotos ni vídeo en el interior "
Just a small shopping related warning. It seems that every other shop in Edinburgh is a souvenir shop of some kind, especially on the Royal Mile as you approach the castle. I noticed that these shops often sell the same branded items eg. shortbread, honey, haggis, tea etc. For some reason though, there is a great discrepancy in the price of some of these items in the different shops. My advice is to shop around so you do not get stung and put yourself in that annoying situation of seeing something that you've already bought at half the price at which you bought it!
On the plus side, I did enjoy shopping in the souvenir shops in Edinburgh and I bought a really nice hoody as a memento of my trip from one. Didn't bother buying a kilt though! :D
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Do not listen to the rubbish on this page.
I have lived in Edinburgh as a student for four years now, and lived across the city in numerous flats and have to say it is one of the the safest places I have ever come across, having spent extensive time across Asia in my summer holidays. The rubbish you read here from these people is just that- rubbish. Of course be sensible whenever in a capital city, but I have never had problems here, not have known any friends to have trouble whilst living in the city. As a capital city, it is one of the safest.
Castle Terrace car park
I used this facility yesterday (3-1-12) because it's very close to Princes Street, and because I wasn't sure how long we'd be parked, I didn't want to take a chance on over-running on a meter.
Cost £6.50 for 1 hr 48 mins, and that's on a public holiday! Total rip-off.
Avoid at all costs, unless you have very deep pockets or like throwing your money away.
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Safety in Scotland.
Dear fellow traveller. Let me assure you that Scotland is as safe a country as you´ll find. Of course in the major cities you need to show a bit more common sense, just like in any other big city in any country in the world, but this does not mean that you need to start being paranoid. Just avoid walking down dimly lit streets at 4 o´clock in the morning with your money belt strapped to your forehead and you´ll be fine. It´s all common sense stuff. Please do not be put off by the negative comments you may read on these pages.
Edinburgh's busiest time
The ever popular Edinburgh Festival showcasing Classical Music Theatre Opera and Dance makes for the most visited time in Summer. This years dates are 13th. August to 3rd. September. Tourist accommodation is at a premium at this time but if you're stuck you could try The Scotsman's Penthouse Suite at £1,200 per night or a lowly Study Room at £200!! BTW Breakfast is an extra £17.50. Seriously if you are going to stay in Edinburgh at Festival time please book early!!
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Although the local tourist board will quickly deny it, the United Nations has ranked Scotland as the most violent country in the world.
Violent crime rate is three times what it is in the States.
The evening streets in all the major cities even in the town areas are unsafe at night.
I was there last month, has several unpleasant experiences and I will not be visiting Scotland again. Ever..
City Centre Gridlock
I noticed during my May 2009 visit to Edinburgh that the City Centre isa bit chaotic due to all the roadworks going on. The bus service in Edinburgh is one of the best I have encountered, so it‘s all the more surprising that the local council has decided that Edinburgh needs a tram link from the airport. At the present time the main street in the centre, Princes St., is closed off to traffic due to the roadworks required for this tramlink so all buses are being re-routed via George St which makes things a bit chaotic and leads to delays. The single tram line will run from the airport through the centre then up to Ocean Terminal in Leith and is due to be completed by July 2011, or sometime in 2015 if you listen to most taxi drivers. So if you are visiting Edinburgh I suggest you leave plenty of time for travelling around and check the website below for latest updates on road closures.
Watch out at cash machines
Use caution when using cash points in the City Centre and try and ensure you make it hard for anyone tring to see your pin number. Also inspect the ATM and try to ensure that there is no devices attached to read your pin number.
It is best to avoid the...
It is best to avoid the Meadows Area near Tollcross & the old Edinburgh Royal Imfirmary hospital, as it an area known for assaults. Lothian Road area on a Friday / Saturday night should avoided in the early hours unless your there partying!
Round - abouts !!!
If you rent a car like we did, or just drive around Scotland - watch out for round - abouts.
Look at the picture and find a round about.
Yep, it is there one - this tiny lighter spot on the street. That's it !!!
Circles in Scotland are not visible, they are not big, they are not like "islands" on the streets. Sometimes they are not marked at all. So if you go tum - du - dum while driving through the ... intersection - well, you know that it wasn't an intersection.
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Visiting Edinburgh is a wonderful thing except when it is raining.... this past Festival was memorable because of the veritable waterfalls pouring from the sky ad infinitum.
For all those visiting Edinburgh please be aware that it seems to rain constantly. Pack your rainproof jackets and rubber boots. Also wear layers of clothing... rain is cold and wet and you want to feel comfy while tramping the streets of this historic town. I have never known a sunny day that did not warrant a jumper or cardigan. It gets cold in the evenings and rain is likely to strike at any moment. Relish the sun, it does not happen often.
I am convinced that if I don't wear my lifejacket when shopping.... I will drown one day....
Even the dogs have raincoats..... I kit the poodles out if they have to go into the garden for a pee and a poo. Molly hates to get her hair and nails wet.
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the kaiser and his pals
the city centre has a lot of down and outs who drink locally.the council are giving them asbos anti social behaviour orders banning them from certain areas mostly where the tourist hotspots are some are even banned completely from the city centre if they are seen they are put in jail straight away, the worst agressive beggars are the kaiser and about five of his pals, you would spot him straight away he does not hide who he is, he will use extreme violence no matter where you are or how light or dark it is he just does not care.
the west end of the city gets very congested the afternoons when rugby internationals are being played. disrupts bus services and trains are overcrowded. beware, especially if trying to get to airport by bus or taxi (for example)
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