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Edinburgh City Tour in Private Minibus
"Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh C witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During our tour we cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile we lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. Highlights include:New Town
From GBP300.00
 
Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour
"Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Join this and hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During your tour you will cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile your guide Alan will lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions
From GBP45.00
 
Edinburgh City Tour in Private Minibus from Glasgow
"Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh C witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During our tour all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh will be covered. Starting on the famous Royal Mile you will be lead through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions
From GBP350.00

Princes Street Tips (20)

Princes Street

Favorite thing Princes Street is the major shopping stroll in Edinburgh. I vividly remember wandering around, having lunch at the Burger King, going into Menzies to buy some Smarties in those paper tubes (which we didn't have at the time in Canada - our Smarties came in rectangular boxes). I loved going down a side street and up a staircase into some neat record stores. Found some really funky clothing boutiques selling all kinds of things an alternative 15 year old would love. Even though Princes Street is across from the Edinburgh Castle, it offers some very contemporary shopping as long as you ignore the tartan shops!

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Carmanah
Jun 18, 2007

ROOM WITH A VIEW

Favorite thing Don't you just love the view ?

The Scott Monument on the right.

The Waverly station with Princes Mall and the Tourist Information at Ground level.

Behind the North Bridge Hollyrood Park can be glimpsed.

And a glimpse of Calton Hill above left.

Fondest memory The Wondeful Scenery !

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EdinburghRoc
Jun 05, 2004

Princes Street - View Away from Ugly Shops

Favorite thing After you have seen my previous "ugly" picture of Princes Street Shops and Architecture, you will be relieved to know that by turning round the view is THIS !

Here you can see down into the wonderful gardens that run the length of Princes Street, so unless you are catching a bus or shopping - head down into the green oasis.

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scotlandscotour
Apr 28, 2004

Princes Street - Ugly - But Getting Better Slowely

Favorite thing You cannot really avoid it, so brace yourself for the startlingly ugly shop fronts of Princes Street. It is exacerbated by the traffic, and the crowds, beggers and bus stops.

Relief can be found in Waterstones bookshop cafe (super views of Castle, and a window seat) and in Jenners department store.

Otherwise, walk through the beautiful gardens (other tips) and keep below street level.

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scotlandscotour
Apr 28, 2004
 
 
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Old & New Architecture

Favorite thing I really like the old architecture and thought it was cool that the old and new were right next to each other on Princes Street. This street gets pretty crowded the closer you get to the train station.

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Packerman
Sep 27, 2003

Princes Street Gardens

Favorite thing Between the Castle stting high up on the hill and the main shopping area, built into the area that was originally a lake, is Princes Street Gardens. If you are weary of shopping or need a rest after trudging up the Royal Mile, then visit these beautifully kept gardens.

Fondest memory Have a look around while you are in the gardens. There really are some great statues and monuments to be found, one of which is shown in the photo.

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Ash59
Feb 11, 2003

The Scott Memorial

Favorite thing The Scott Monument was build between 1840-46 as a memorial to the writer Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832). Designed by architect George Kemp (1795-1844), who won a competition with his gothic design, the public can climb the 287 steps to the top of the monument for spectacular views of the city.

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Ash59
Feb 11, 2003

Relaxing in East Princes Street Gardens

Favorite thing Our family often took an afternoon break next to the Scott Monument. There are plenty of benches and grassy areas to sit and relax. We fed the pidgeons every day which really entertained our two children. We took old bread with us every day and the pidgeons landed right on our daughters hand to eat. I still have that picture, quite amazing and funny. A beautiful place with hundreds of flowers, a great landscape, and a great view of the castle and much more.

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Packerman
Jan 03, 2003

Top 5 Edinburgh Writers

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"Edinburgh Travel - A Special City - A Special View"
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"Scotland's Capital City"
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"Edinburgh"
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"Embra - Scotlands Capital City"
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"EDINBURGH, A PICTURESQUE CITY"
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Winter Wonderland

Favorite thing Around Christmas time the gardens of Princes Street are turned into a "Winter Wonderland". There is a ferris wheel (the biggest in Britain after the London Eye), a few amusements for kids, an ice skating rink, a toboggan run and a German Christmas Market - all complete with outdoor food and drinks stalls, including the obligatory Gluhwein.
It's really fun and quite atmospheric.

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steventilly
Jan 02, 2003

Princess Gardens

Fondest memory Princess gardens are situated between the Royal Mile and Princess street. The Castle is seen really great from the gardens. The gardens are very bautiful, very green :)) Lots of trees, birds, very quiet place rigth in the centre of the city.

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Andrew_Vodo
Oct 07, 2002

The biggest plus for me is the...

Favorite thing The biggest plus for me is the Edinburgh skyline, fortunately due to the lack of high rises in the city you can enjoy this most anywhere you go. On a sunny day (if you're lucky enough to get one) there is probably no better place to sit than Princes Street gardens, have an ice cream and gaze up at the castle.

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SooBrand
Aug 26, 2002

Climb the Scott Monument

Fondest memory We arrived in Edinburgh late at night and left around noon the following day so we had little time to explore the city. We did want to see as much as possible though so we walked from our hostel to the train station that morning and while waiting for the train to Inverness climbed to the top of the Scott Monument......well I almost made it to the top. But the view was incredible even from the 'almost top'.

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haimee
Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Edinburgh

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Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a beautiful Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is quite dirty, unfortunately it was decided cleaning the monument may damage it, so it has been...
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Mons Meg - Edinburgh Castle

Mons Meg has been fired almost every day since 1861 at precisley one o'clock. The gun is Europes oldest surviving medievil cannon. The cannon is now in retirement at Edinburgh Castle & stands proudly...
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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has lots to see and takes a lot of time to see it all. There are plenty of free Toilets and they haven't forgotten you many get hungry and thirsty. Located in the old Cart Sheds...
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Museum on the Mound

Opened in 2006 this was the most boring museum I visited in Scotland :) Museum on the Mound was just on my way so I walked in to check but I got bored no matter it’s a small thematic museum that I...
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National Museum of Scotland

This FREE museum tells the story of Scotland on five floors, from the "Beginnings" (landscape and wildlife, and the last Ice Age) by way of the "Early People (from around 8000 BC to AD 1100) and the...
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Scotch Whisky Experience

I am not normally a spirits drinker and on the odd occasion when I do indulge, whisky would be well down the pecking order in my choice of preferred tipple. However, when I attended a (Scottish)...
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