Lives in Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2005
35-49 year old male
Sacred & Religious Sites
History Museums, Military Museums
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Art Galleries, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles
This is the No.1 Toursit Attraction in Scotland for a reason - It has so much to see & do and is a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh. iT is the no1 tourist attraction in Scotland for a reason. (The Castle also includes my next 2 suggestions) - So, you will see them all for the one entry price.
Small Ancient Chapel location High up within Edinburgh Castle - Worth Visting as it is include in your Edinburgh castle Ticket & it's age, and serenity is worth experiencing.
This Museum is housed within Edinburgh Castle so worth while entering as it's included in your Castle entry fee - If you are from the UK, or a Commonwealth Country it is worth having a look through the books of those who have fallen, for your relatives. A quiet place, with an air of reflection, it is worthy of experiencing.
This Cathedral has so much History, yet when you enter you will feel at ease, and a peaceful air will come over you. There are some amazing stained glass windows reflecting many Biblical stories - The architecture is incredible too!
An amazing Introduction to Whisky, and a Whisky Collection that is staggeringly huge! A great discussion/tour which may be your first steps into the world of Scotch Whisky.
The Spine of the Old Town of Edinburgh - The Royal Mile runs from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle. It is a bustling road to walk down, part pedestrianized, and well worth wondering down this old cobbled street that is so full of character. Cafes/Restaurants abound, as well as shops full of Scottish Tourism's Souvenirs. Take your time and enjoy! During the festival this place has many street entertainers, all free!
The Statue of a Famous little Dog, whose devotion to his master brought him to his Master's grave everyday, and into the hearts of all edinburgh residents forever more. It's small, but worth walking 150yards from the Royal Mile to see this statue, at least for a few photos. If you have kids they will lvoe this little dog.
If you want a little lunch after your visit to the Castle, and your walk down the Royal Mile, for a very nice place to stop for a light lunch this place is ideal. But, do not go into the main restaurant, look next door where it says - The Coffee House, of Garfunkels - Head in here, for lovely Coffee / Cake / Sandwiches & baguettes at very reasonable prices. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 1st of 8 eating & drinking options.
A Beautiful Patisserie, which you can visit during your walk down the Royal Mile - If indulgent cakes, and pastries are your thing, then you will love this artisans delight. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 2nd of 8 eating & drinking options..
Deacon Brodie's is a great place to sample Scottish Cuisine & Scottish Ales, if you want to try 'Our' cuisine. It is on your walk down the Royal Mile on the left, and it is worth a visit if you want a more substantial Lunch, or dinner. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 3rd of 8 eating & drinking options..
This takes a 5 minute walk from the Royal Mile to this place. It is very well laid out, it serves very nice food, and many scottish choices but a bit more refined than others in this area of the grassmarket. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 4th of 8 eating & drinking options.
This area is the Original Edinburgh, which has many lanes, and streets leading of in all directions from the Royal Mile, do not be afraid to explore it is a lovely area to walk around and safe generally. Much to see and explore in this part of town.
The Balmoral Hotel is one of the more expensive hotels in Edinburgh - However, the Balmoral Bar is actually very reasonably priced for drinks / snacks etc - It's convenient location at the end of Princes Street is well placed for most activities, it is also nice for a time-out, as it's pleasant surroundings and peaceful ambience are a welcome break during any tour of the city. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 5th of 8 eating & drinking options.
A very nice and upmarket Cocktail Bar. Can be costly, but the drinks served are worth the wait, and use premium ingredients. Can be busy at the weekend, but never bustling due to the more adult crowd in this place. Food is nice and well crafted - Costly, but if yout on holiday, it may be worth your while trying this place out. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 6th of 8 eating & drinking options.
These Gardens are a real Jewel in Edinburgh. When the weather is approriately warm head across Princes Street and into the gardens, for a stroll, a sit on a bench to watch the world go by, or even an ice-cream. These gardens are where the locals go as you will see. Despite it's busy nature, walk away from the crowds as there are many hidden spots where you can relax on your own if you so wish.
The National Gallery is an awesome place to spend some time, so long as your interested in Art. Although if the weather is bad, this is a nice place to retreat too. Plenty too see, from all various centuries. It's free to enter although donations are welcome.
Italian food served here, by Italians. Large portions which will fill up the hungriest of travellers, but real quality products also. The staff are all nice and friendly, and the prices are very reasonable for it's location and in fact - for those light eaters, a lot of dishes can be shared as they are big. This is the 7th of 8 eating & drinking options.
The Real Centre of Edinburgh, everything else either revolves around this street or leads to it, one way or another. For shopping, architecture, food, drinks, tourist, arts, gardens - this is the one street you will see on many occasions throughout your visit. It's also free, no cost to walk along the street and admire the views.
Huge Momument situation between Princes street, and Princes street gardens - Hard to miss! - If your not scared of Heights, and hae a bit of energy it's worth the long walk up the steps to get some amazing viewes over the centre of Edinburgh.
The New Town is a wonderful area to walk around and expore. The main streets of Princes street & George street are not the only streets worth seeing, a lot of little lanes, and quieter streets are within 5minuts of walking in this vicinity. Lots of lovely architecture, and also Plenty restaurants, and bars, and cafes... and even a few hidden gardens etc for relaxation.
These Gardens are amazing for anyone interested in gardens / flowers - The total area of these gardens are very big. Within the giant green houses there are areas which have different habitats in seperate rooms and at different temperatures so that you experience what grows in various parts of the world, and the habitats that they grow in. This is a gem of a place, where you can stroll around enjoying nature at its best.
The Scottish Parliament might not be everyone's idea of a Tourist attraction - certainly not the Politicians who frequent this place - but the building itself is well worth having a look. From above, you will see a model of how it looks like upturned boats, in an old ship yard, perhaps a throw back to scotlands maritime history. But, the debating chamber is impressive, and there is a nice cafe also in the building. It is also right opposite Holyrood Palace, so if you have ventured down the Royal Mile, and you have the time visit both.
Portobello Beach does take a bit of effort to get too, but it is a very impressive and clean beach - worht the effort if you enjoy the beach and its a hot day. There are plenty cafes etc within a very close area, Portobello High street with plenty cafes / delis is only 100metres from the beach and generally where the transport brings you to and from the city centre.
Holyrood palace is really worth a visit in Edinburgh if you have the time. The buidings architecture is amazing, and the gardens are also beautiful and well looked after. Also if you are interested in History, this place is awesome with so much to see and to learn about, a real insight into royal life.
This Park is lovely, and has so many areas you can walk around and enjoy some time in the fresh air. In summer months there is often an Ice-cream van for those who enjoy that. The park is large, and has walks for all abilities. This is a place full of locals, and tourists alike.
Arthur seat looks over Edinburgh, and is not anymore than a 90minute walk from Princes Street to the top if you know your way and have a degree of fitness. For the effort you will be rewarded with great views over Edinburgh, and the Firth of Forth. If you don't want to walk all the way, take a bus to Holyrood Park, and your wall will be 45mins to the top maximum.
A nice, clean and friendly restaurant with great food and drinks, plus the bonus of its location adjacent to the Forth Rail & Road Bridge - you can have a walk around the water front, take some photos of the 2 existing bridges, and also watch the 3rd bridge rising through its construction until completion in 2016. - Once you have taken your photos etc, head to the Hawes a pub with great history, and a history that goes from Robert Louis Stevenson, to the Battle of Britain. This is the 8th of 8 eating & drinking options.