Very short day trips out of the city
Very short day trips out of the city Edinburgh Reviews
Very short, very cheap day trips out of the city Nov 08, 2009
There are times, if you spend a lot of time in Edinburgh, that you will be faced with two problems:
1) you are sick of the tourists, sick of the castles, and really sick of the grey streets. you loved them yesterday. You will probably love them tomorrow. But right now, you are sick of them.
2) you spent nearly the last of your money on beer last night, which might explain your foul mood.
There is a solution, and believe it or not, it is the Lothian bus company.
A number of towns outside Edinburgh are covered by your all day, three pound bus ticket. these include:
Musselburgh. Musselburgh has a short stretch of scrappy beach, bracing fresh air, and a nice high street. if you have any money left, it's home to the Olympia (luca's) cafe, which I have reviewed separately but essentially, you can get great soup and warm up for about three more pounds, or some of the best icecream in the UK. There are also some "famous" swans and a large quantity of free fresh air.
More fresh air can be found closer to Edinburgh, at Portabello. Portabello is a sort of half shut British sea side resort, but you can still have a Mr Whippy ice cream (soft squirty icecream the texture of whipped cream, for those of you who are new to our shores). the beach is slightly less scruffy than Musselburgh and the bus ride is shorter. In summer, the beaches along the Firth of Forth get quite busy, although few people are hardy enough to swim, but in winter you'll have the place to yourself.
In the other direction, you can take a bus ride out to Crammond Brig. There is a nice pub in Crammond, and you are almost in the countryside, with some nice places to go for a walk.
inside Edinburgh, some places have retained a villagey feel. You might not even need to take a bus, in fact. Stockbridge is a short walk from the western edge of Princess Street and has some nice little shops and one of the prettier stretches of the water of Leith, up towards teh Dean Village. In the little gully the river runs through, you can imagine you are right outside Edinburgh and quite far away. There aren't any sea breezes here, but there is a nice feeling that you have had a little break, and are ready for the city again.
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