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Edinburgh and the Lothians Travel Guide

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Edinburgh is not the friendliest city for bikes; there's a lot of traffic, even on weekends. The tourist information center can point you toward some quieter routes just beyond the city center. Rentals cost £75 per week for a 21-speed or mountain bike. Daily rates (24 hours) are about £16, with half days costing £12.

Bike Trax. A wide range of bikes is available at Bike Trax, which also sells clothing and accessories. 11–13 Lochrin Pl., Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9QX. 0131/228–6633.


Surprising even to many Scots, the game of bat and ball has a long history and healthy club scene in Scotland.

Grange Cricket Club. Between April and September, the beautiful Grange Cricket Club, established in 1832, stages county games and hosts various league matches. Local club games are free to watch and make for a civilized introduction to the game. Portgower Pl., Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1HQ. 0131/332–2148.


In Scotland, SSS indicates the "standard scratch score," the score a scratch golfer could achieve in ideal conditions.

Braid Hills. Known to locals and many others as Braids (no connection with golfer James Braid), this course is beautifully laid out over a rugged range of small hills in the southern suburbs of Edinburgh. The views to the south and the Pentland Hills and north over the city skyline toward the Firth of Forth are worth a visit in themselves. The city built this course at the turn of the 20th century after urban development forced golfers out of the city center. The 9-hole Princes Course was completed in 2003. Reservations are recommended for weekend play. 27 Braids Hill Approach, Edinburgh, EH10 6JY. 0131/447–6666 for Braids; 0131/666–2210 for Princes. Green fee: Braids weekdays £22, weekends £24.75; Princes weekdays £12.50, weekends £14. Braids: 18 holes, 5865 yds, par 71; Princes: 9 holes. Daily.

Bruntsfield Links. The British Seniors and several other championship tournaments are held at this Willie Park–designed course, 3 miles west of Edinburgh. The course meanders among 155 acres of mature parkland and has fine views over the Firth of Forth. Bruntsfield takes its name from one of the oldest (1761) golf links in Scotland, in the center of Edinburgh—now just a 9-hole pitch-and-putt course—where the club used to play. A strict dress-code applies. 32 Barnton Ave., Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh, EH4 6JH. 0131/336–1479. Green fee: weekdays £65; weekends £70. Reservations essential. 18 holes, 6446 yds, par 71. Daily.

Duddingston. Founded in 1895, this public parkland course is 2 miles east of the city. The Braid Burn runs through the course, creating a perilous hazard on many holes. Duddingston Rd. W, Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH16 3QD. 0131/661–7688. Green fee: £44-£50. 18 holes, 6525 yds, Par 72.

Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre. VisitScotland provides a free leaflet on golf in Scotland, available from the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre. 3 Princes St., East End, Edinburgh, EH2 2QP. 0131/473–3868.

Liberton. Built in 1920, this rolling public parkland course has tight fairways and smallish greens. Kingston Grange, 297 Gilmerton Rd., Liberton, Edinburgh, EH16 5UJ. 0131/664–3009. Green fee: £31. 18 holes, 5344 yds, Par 67.

Lothianburn. There are fine views of the countryside from this hillside course, which dates from 1893. It's 6 miles south of the city. Biggar Rd., Fairmilehead, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU. 0131/445–2288. Green fee: £35. 18 holes, 5692 yds, Par 71.

Murrayfield. Only five minutes from the city center, this heathland-style course is kept in fine condition and commands outstanding views over Edinburgh. 43 Murrayfield Rd., Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 6EU. 0131/337–3478. Green fee: £40. 18 holes, 5781 yds, Par 70.

Royal Burgess Golfing Society. Dating to 1735, this is one of the world's oldest golf clubs. Its members originally played on Bruntsfield Links; now they and their guests play on elegantly manicured parkland in the city's northwestern suburbs. It's a challenging course with fine greens. 181 Whitehouse Rd., Barnton, Edinburgh, EH4 6BU. 0131/339–2075. Green fee: weekdays £65; weekends £85. Reservations essential. 18 holes, 6511 yds, par 71. Daily.


Murrayfield Stadium. At Murrayfield Stadium, home of the Scottish Rugby Union, matches are played in early spring and fall. Crowds of good-humored rugby fans from all over the world add greatly to the sense of excitement in the streets of Edinburgh. Roseburn Terr., Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ. 0131/346–5000.


Like Glasgow, Edinburgh is soccer-mad, and there's an intense rivalry between the city's two professional teams. Remember, the game is called football in Britain.

Heart of Midlothian Football Club. The Heart of Midlothian Football Club, better known as the Hearts, plays in maroon and white and is based at Tynecastle. Tynecastle Stadium, McLeod St., Edinburgh, EH11 2NL. 0871/663–1874.

Hibernian Club. Known as the Hibs, the green-bedecked Hibernian Club plays its home matches at Easter Road Stadium. Easter Road Stadium, 12 Albion Pl., Edinburgh, EH7 5QG. 0131/661–2159.



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