Edinburgh

Nov 4th, 2001, 07:40 PM
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Cathy
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Edinburgh

I am thinking of visiting Edinburgh during my trip to the UK. How long s recommended for this city and what are the 'must sees' or must dos'? Any tips appreciated!!
 
Nov 4th, 2001, 08:49 PM
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Cathy,

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Nov 4th, 2001, 09:08 PM
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Hi Cathy,
I just got back from Edinburgh and absolutely loved it! It's a breathtaking city. I was there for 4 days. I arrived by train at Waverley Station from London's Kings Cross Station. FYI--if you decide to take the train call ahead from home for tickets, it will save you a lot of money.
Here are some of the things I did that I would highly recommend, and that just about every visitor sees:
1. Edinburgh Castle
2. Holyrood Palace
3. Calton Hill
4. The National Gallery
5. St. Giles Cathedral
6. Royal Museum/Museum of Scotland
7. John Knox's House
8. Georgian House
9. The Writer's Museum
10. The wonderful walking tours of the city: great ghost tours and literary pub tour.
11. The Royal Botanic Garden
12. The Grassmarket area

The main thing to do in Edinburgh is WALK. Just walk everywhere. I must have walked 10 miles a day there, and mostly in loops and circles. It was wonderful. For major shopping areas, there is Princes Street and the Royal mile.
I stayed at Castle View Guest House (www.castleviewgh.co.uk), which I highly recommend. It was lovely.

I hope you go and have a great time!
 
Nov 5th, 2001, 03:44 AM
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I would turn the question around and say 'Why are you thinking of visiting Edinburgh?'. There must be something of appeal that you already know for you to want to visit it, after all it's rare to visit somewhere on a simple whim.

Avoid Grassmarket, it's old but crammed with student pubs. Unless you are a student I suppose.
 
Nov 5th, 2001, 06:06 AM
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Cathy:
We visited Edinburgh last Easter.
I endorse Vanessa's recommendation to the letter. It's a wonderful city.
Go and enjoy!
John
 
Nov 5th, 2001, 08:59 AM
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Great City! Vanessa's suggestions are right on. Be sure to spend some time in the Georgian section of the City as well. Many good restaurants, Indian, Asian, Italian (The Patio is fun and very good), etc. Try the Shore out on the Estuary. Great food. Nice atmosphere on the water. Reservations essential. Staurt House is another nice B&B. Edinburgh is one of our favorite Cities.
 
Nov 5th, 2001, 04:31 PM
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We spent two weeks this fall in London (only one day) then York, then the Yorkshire Dales (wonderful little town called Reeth near Richmond), then Durham, then Alnwick and finally Edinburgh. Ended by taking the train directly back to London King's Cross. If you commit to a certain train and book second class on a certain date and time, it's very reasonable. Wonderful part of England/Scotland. Deacon Brodie's pub on the Royal Mile is super. Also, don't miss the Scotch Heritage Museum near the Castle which includes great history of whisky and tastings too. Edinburgh's a perfect walking city. Holyrood Palace is lovely and you can spend hours at Edinburgh Castle.
 
Nov 6th, 2001, 09:22 PM
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THANK YOU everyone for your ideas and advice.... much appreciated!!! THANK YOU all.
 
Nov 8th, 2001, 03:18 PM
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Cathy, there is a really useful guide to the best of Edinburgh at:

http://www.clearcut.co.uk/scotlandth...html?section=1

Other useful sites include:

http://www.hotelsandflights.com/scotland.html
and
http://www.UKTravelWeb.com

I would recommend the Castle; the Botanic Gardens; and a walk up Arthurs Seat for the views - if the weather is clear.

 
Nov 13th, 2001, 08:43 AM
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There was an article in the Independent newspaper (UK) a while back - titled the 50 best things to see and do in Edinburgh. Anyway, the article is at: http://travel.independent.co.uk/dest...sp?story=56312 (Cut and paste the whole url).

They recommended:

Best getaways
Royal Botanic Gardens
Portobello Beach
Arthur's Seat
Princes Street Gardens
Short-Hole Course In The Meadows
Klownz
Calton Hill
Water Of Leith
Dean Cemetery
The Commonwealth Pool

Best pubs & bars
Port O' Leith
Favorit
The Blue Moon Caf?
The Pond
Dizzy Lizzy's
Robbie's
Monbodo
Caf? Royal
City Cafe
The Cask And Barrel


Best restaurants
The Witchery
Henderson's
Brattisani's Fish And Chip Restaurant
The Tower
Blue
The Apartment
Fishers
La Potiniere
The Tapas Tree
Restaurant Martin Wishart

Best shops
Corniche
Jane Davidson
Joseph Bonnar
Wm Armstrong & Sons
Jenners
Cruise
Robert Cresser's Brush Shop
Valvona & Crolla
Just Junk
The Cook's Bookshop


Best tourist attractions
Dynamic Earth
Camera Obscura
Mary King's Close
National Museum Of Scotland Discovery Centre
Roslin Chapel
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Mile
The National Galleries
The Forth Railway Bridge

Regards,

Bob.
 
Nov 14th, 2001, 01:01 AM
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