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Edinburgh with Sarah Elaine

under construction Edinburgh is a fantastic city, even if there are too many twee shops force feeding you tartan tat. This is waht I do when I go home.

Updated November 13, 2011
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  1. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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  4. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Edinburgh is a lovely city. Most visitors will, of course, concentrate on the history and the buildings, and of course, the drinking. This tip is for the next morning, when you wake up and realise that you cannot face either another castle or anoth…
  5. Very cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Royal Oak is a pub just outside the city centre in Edinburgh. It is dark, has few chairs, and no trendy drinks at all. None of this is important. I'm told that it is one of the best places in Edinburgh to hear folk music, adn I can believe i…
  6. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Scotland, UK
    Midges are small, biting insects that live in Scotland. They are especially fond of the West Coast, and like to live near water. This includes flowing water, unlike Mosquitos. Midges are not, to the best of my knowledge, carriers of any horrible…
  7. Cheap "Hotels & Accommodations" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Blossom House is a family run bed and breakfast on Minto Street. The rooms are clean, and nicely decorated, in teh old fashioned way that I associate with good bed and breakfasts. The room was about £30 per person, which isn't bad at all for a week…
  8. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Kismot is an Indian Restaurant is on St Leanard's Street, near the Pleasance. The curry here is very nice, with a wide range of both the classics and specials. The waiter was excellent, and honest if things were going to take a long time, or if h…
  9. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Assembly is a bar that does food, just off Potterow in Edinburgh. Potterow is the heart of the George Square area of the University of Edinburgh (mainly the social science, arts and infomatics buildings and the music school), and Assembly is priced a…
  10. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Musselburgh, Scotland, UK
    If you had to guess where you would find the best ice-cream in the UK, I would imagine your first guess would be some five starred hotel in London or Manchester, or edgy bar in Glasgow. Perhaps a Michelin starred pub somewhere in the Cotswolds doing…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    St Giles is.a cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. As the Church of Scotland doesn't have bishops, my mother insists it is a Kirk (church) and not a cathedral. But it does predate the reformation. I'll refer to it as "St Giles" to avoid any fu…
  12. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Dirleton, Scotland, UK
    ** I didn't stay here, I came here for a family party - so I can't rate the room accurately, just the amenities*** The Open Arms, in Dirleton in East Lothian, is a very nice place to have coffee or a meal. It is well established in the area – …
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Gullane, Scotland, UK
    Gullane Bents is an area of natural land and a beach near Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a lovely place for a walk along the coast. The coastal land here is a mix of sandy beach and rock pools, with some scrubby sand dunes and some pine woodland. T…
  14. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Pear Tree is one of the very few pubs in the centre of Edinburgh with a convincing beer garden. It is right across the road from the main campus of Edinburgh University. You can imagine this makes it quite a popular spot for most of the summer.…
  15. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Bonnyrigg, Scotland, UK
    Dalhousie castle, in the central belt of Scotland, offers a range of facilities including a hotel, wedding chapel, spa and falconry centre. I went to the spa and the restaurant and I’m only reviewing the bits I saw. The first thing you notic…
  16. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Bonnyrigg, Scotland, UK
    The Sun Inn is a fantastic gastropub (posh pub) in Scotland, very close to Edinburgh. The pub does excellent food, and makes quite a thing about local sourcing of the ingredients. It shows in the quality; I went with six people and all of us lo…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Dynamic Earth is a visitor attraction in Edinburgh, near Hollyrood Palace and at the foot of Arthur's Seat. It is brilliant fun. It's aimed to explain natural history to children. And it has an iceberg! The entrance to the attraction has a co…
  18. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in United Kingdom
    Can I trust this review?  Many travellers now rely heavily on online reviews to choose hotels and other attrachtions.  But it is a real issue deciding who you can trust online.  With some sites having hundreds of reviews saying wildly different t…
  19. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in North Berwick, Scotland, UK
    Please note that I am reviewing this as a place to have coffee - I haven't stayed there - but the silly website doesn't seem to want me to do that today! MacDonald Marine is a hotel that I visited whilst looking for a wedding venue. Because of …
  20. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Cameo is a cinema in Edinburgh, just outside the city centre towards where the students are. It is an Edinburgh institution, in the middle of a renovation. It’s sort of an art house cinema. I say sort of – it basically has a policy o…
  21. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Creelers is a fish restaurant on Hunters Square, just off the Royal Mile.  With pleasant, open rooms and lovely art on the walls, it is a relaxed place to eat lunch or dinner.  The colour scheme is a lovely open blue and green.   It’s also not …
  22. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Fringe (of which the Comedy Festival is a cleverly branded fraction), Art Festival and Book Festival run at the same time in Edinburgh.  With around 200 venues showing back to back shows, ranging from C…
  23. Very cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Edinburgh's Mosque Kitchen used to be a well kept secret. Tucked around the back of the mosque, students and well informed festival goers could get a plastic plate of curry and rice for about five pounds. Well, the secret is out. The Mosque Kitchen h…
  24. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
     The Ghillie Dhu is a bar with live music and, sometimes, ceilidhs.  It is just beyond the west end of Princes Street, near Rutland Street.  It makes quite a big deal of its Scottish heritage, which is to be expected given where it is  and its na…
  25. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Caledonian Hilton is one of the oldest, grandest hotels in central Edinburgh.  I am reviewing it as a restaurant rather than as a hotel, because I haven’t stayed there yet, but I have eaten there whilst trying out food for my wedding.    T…
  26. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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