Lothian Local Customs

  • Miscellaneous
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  • Miscellaneous
    by elpariente
  • Miscellaneous
    by elpariente

Lothian Local Customs

  • Eating / Drinking

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    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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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    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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  • Men In Kilts

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    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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  • Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Before the festival begins, there is a Cavalcade of floats advertising the participants. It was not advertised because of security,but we heard from a friend and made our way to Prince's Street down which the parade would drive. There were already people waiting at noon, though the parade was due to start at 2.30pm. We grabbed good positions near...

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  • Accent

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Very helpful indeed. aboot - about auld - old bairn - child ben - mountain bonnie - beautiful brae - slope braw - fine cock-a-leekie - chicken and leek soup coo - cow dae - do deid - dead doon - down eejit - idiot efter - after frae - from frein - friend Glaswegian (Weegie) - of/from Glasgow glen - valley gowk - fool greet - weep guid - good hae...

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  • Money

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    If you reside outside of the European Union, you will most likely be able to claim back the VAT (value added tax 17.5%) you have paid. Make sure you keep all your receipts. Some shops, selling more expensive goods, operate a scheme for overseas visitors outside the European Union, to sell to you without VAT at the time of buying.

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  • Tips For Travellers

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Bus 35 will also get you into the center of Edinburgh at £1.20 instead of £3.50 the Airlink charges. Both buses can be found at their respective stops right outside the airport doors. Also, consider buying a day pass which allows for unlimited travel on the buses for one day for only £3.00. Finally, be sure to have the exact amount as no change is...

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Instead of going out, we opted to prepare food for ourselves with wholesome organic chicken, fresh vegetables and cheese. It's open every Saturday 2am til 2pm. First Saturday every month, slow food cooking demos for...

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Edinburgh has along history of being often at the centre of Scottish art and literary activity - in more modern times film and television have also become apart of the city and the area around it. Many fictional characters have been turned in film and television. On a visit to Edinburgh I encountered this first hand! The photographs show the...

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  • Buildings Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Castle Rock is where Edinburgh began. Much damaged and often changing hands in the long and punishing wars of independence against England, Edinburgh Castle began to assume its present appearance in 1356. In the fifteenth century King James III began using the Castle as an ordnance factory - which must have dramatically reduced its desirability as...

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  • Tours Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    A stopover at the famous CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY at PERTH proved to be very fruitful for me. I managed to buy a very special piece (engraved & personalised) for my cousin, Irene's wedding. The Caithness Glass Story: * Opened its first factory in Wick in 1961. * Regarded as one of the foremost makers of handmade glass & introduced engraved...

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