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Hi all,
Headed to Edinburgh for 3 nights, 2 days. What are the must do/sees? Is the Whisky Experience worthwhile? How about Mary King Cross? Any must stop mills? Pubs? Restaurants?
We tend to like the history of the citys we travel to, so nothing ultra modern.
Thank you in advance!

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    >>Mary King Cross<< That would be the Real Mary King's Close

    Its fun, but w/ just two days I probably wouldn't bother, unless you wanted something to do in the evening.

    Whether the Whisky Experience is 'worth' it depends mostly on if you like/drink Scotch.

    The 'Musts' to me are at minimum: the Castle, Royal Mile, Holyrood, Gladstone's Land, St Giles Cathedral, Museum of Scotland, National Gallery, - w/ more time then exploring the New Town, a walk up Arthur's Seat, the Botanic Gardens, the Royal Yacht . . . and lots more

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    Janis's conveniently clusters all the Old and New Town sites for you.

    I would add the Georgian House in the New Town, both for its own interest and because it is next door to the First Minister's House, sort of like a Scottish White House but with no visible security. The difference is instructive.

    I assume you are arriving and departing by public transportation because Edinburgh at the moment and for the foreseeable future is cursed with construction projects that make it very difficult to get around by car.

    I would suggest lunch in the New Town at the Cafe Royal (in the bar), and the restaurant atop the Museum of Scotland is pleasant if not cheap if you are near there. They have a less expensive bistro in the former Museum of Natural History section as well as various coffee bars.

    For dinner, take a cab to A Room in Leith, a funny combination of pub and restaurant on the water. You walk through the pub, picking up your drinks on the way, into the restaurant. excellent game dishes and a superb cheese platter. Large portions. amazing red cabbage with the game. there is a taxi rank on the Main Street a block away, so you are not stuck there forever!

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    I'm always a big fan of starting a jet-lagged first day somewhere new on one of the Hop on and Off buses (most gather in Edinburgh outside Waverley Train Station) which can give you a nice overview of where things are and what you want to go back to, especially as it takes you into New Town. With just two days I suppose you would want to decide if you want a little bit of a lot of to go deeper and see less. Walking up or down the Royal Mile could either take you to the Castle or to Parliament, Holyrood, and if you really want a good view, up the Radical Road or to Arthur's Seat. Some of the tours just take you around the central city with a bit of New Town and a jog out to Dynamic Earth while others take you out to Leith as well as the Botanical Gardens.

    You could choose to get off at any of the stops that looked good, have a look around and hop on again when you are ready or wander on your own and walk or take city transport. Most of the H and H busses are good for 24 hours. Leith does have some excellent pubs and bistros but you will likely also want to stop for a drink at one of the classics in Old Town like the Cafe Royal. If you do decide to wander the Radical Road, head to Duddingston and the Sheep's Heid Inn--you can pick up a glorious picnic food or a sandwich at Valvona and Crolla. You can also start from the Castle and walk down the hill through a "wynd" or two, through Prince's Garden to Prince's Street stopping at a museum or two and then head off for a meal. You might just have more fun in two days walking around and getting a sense of what the city offers rather than "doing" a list of must-sees...

    Edinburgh has become a foodies' treat so no worries about finding a good meal (although in high season it's a good idea to book ahead) and a terrific walking city with an excellent bus system if you get too far and need to ride back. Have a terrific time!

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