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Edinburgh Travel - Scotland's Capital My Way

Edinburgh Travel - Oh Edinburgh - so much to see. This is what to do:

Allow 2 days for Edinburgh, stay sober and get up early to see the Castle before the crowds.

Then head up Arthur's Seat (to reach this entails walking down the Royal Mile and past Holyrood Palace. Then up steeply to the volcanic top and views of Edinburgh. Brilliant, if breathtaking (literally). Take water and a picnic and warm clothes.

Spend the evening relaxing in bars, cinemas, restaurants - your choice, but ensure you walk around the city by night (floodlit castle, Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens etc).

Next day devote to the National Museum of Scotland, maybe one or two Galleries (weather / attention span?), and exploring side streets and alleys, like Grassmarket, maybe browsing the shops.

Energetic folk could walk to the Botanic Gardens and sunbathe in beautiful, calm surroundings, or you can get a bus to the Docks and see how we subsidised the Royal Family with the Ship "Brittania", the Queen's official transport, now a tourist trap down in Leith.

Be careful in Leith at night, and most outlying areas to tell the truth.

There! Now head over the Forth Road Bridge, taking photos of the Railway Bridge. Now Scotland really begins!!!

Edinburgh - The Truth

"Edinburgh - One of the western world's most interesting, historical and yet vibrant cities (sometimes). It is unique, with it's architecture and history, festivals and much else of Scotland. It also has its dark and squalid side, its drunks and drug addicts, filth and traffic, tourist traps and great inequality. If you plan ahead it can be wonderful, but remember - Scotland isn't just Edinburgh".

After reading my Edinburgh Tips, I recommend reading my Scotland Travel Tips

Blue Woad - A Different Perspective

Before Rachel met me, she explored Edinburgh.

To get her perspective, fresh from America, read Bluewoad

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Castle, Royal Mile, Volcanoes, Cobbled Streets, Festival, Museum, Arthur's Seat - the volcano in the city
  • Cons:Too many tourists in summer, diesel fumes, cocky Scots, beggars, drunks, brewery smells
  • In a nutshell:Scotland, at its best (and worst). Fantastic, unique and the best of the UK but ... allow 2 days then head for the countryside and fresh air.
  • Last visit to Edinburgh: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 7, 2004
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Great page!

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Hi Malcolm, a wonderful page that really shows your inside knowledge and love for Scotland! Really helpful and giving a feeling for the place - thank you :-)

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Beautiful Scotland pages with great photos. Made me feel quite homesick. Irene

  • schoobi's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Some really great photography here !

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    We enjoyed our short visit to Edinburgh and thought it was much nicer than London and the locals very friendly unlike Londoners. Good tips, thanks.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    The castle sure is the highlight of the town, and it is worth every bit of spending some time there, like you stated. Nice pictures and comments.

  • Joseph69's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Great tips Malcom! Thank You! :) I look forward to my visit there next week. :) Cheers.

  • dfactor's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Hi Malcom, I was in Edinburgh last week. Wanted to try out the cafe in Royal Museum, but can't find it or the menu. I think it's no longer there.

  • jewels63's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Inside Castle; worth going in for the Military Museum? GGGrandad Robert Ross a Seaforth Highlander c.1890, sent to fight his own in Dublin leaving Juniper Green?! Currie born Paper Mill workers. Peoples's Museum can't wait. Democratising his/herstory.

  • jivanne96's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 3:00 AM

    Nice tip. I look forward to visit Edinburgh....


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