Lives in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Since Aug 2005
50-64 year old female
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The Visitor Center is adjacent to the Train Station. Pop in to pick up a street map of Edinburgh.
If the day is beautiful, without any signs of rain, consider hiking to the top to Arthur's seat, where you can view stunning panorama views. The walk is steep and requires some stamina, but you travel at your own pace. Wear sturdy shoes as there are many rocky paths along the way.
Holyrood park also offers a very beautiful walk up to the top of Salisbury crag, with outstanding views as well. This is not quite as strenuous as the Arthur's Seat Walk, but you will find yourself strolling along the edge of the crag. There is a lovely view of Holyrioodhouse Palace from the trail.
Beautiful history. There is a fee to enter the Palace, but it includes an audio tour in the language of your choice. We were not rushed through the rooms, but permitted to take our time touring the Palace. The gardens, in August, were spectacular.
Holyrood Abbey can be seen from the park, but close access is only available with paid admission to Holyrioodhouse Palace.
After leaving Holyroodhouse, walk along the Royal Mile, where you will find many of the free museums to stroll through along the way. Edinburgh Castle is at the other end.
Quaint tea room on the Royal Mile near Holyroodhouse Palace. Prices are very reasonable. Cream tea is available. Soups and sandwiches are excellent. There is a table of fresh baked goods on display if you just want to buy a home made pastry to take with you. The place is small, but one is never rushed once seated. Cash only.
This is a very small museum, with free admittance. It has a lovely display of Silver, which was a big industry in Edinburgh at one time. The most endearing part of this museum involves the legend of Greyfriar's Bobby. The museum has a replica of the statue that stands near Greyfriar's church, as well as his original collar and bowl which he ate from. Well worth stopping in to see!
Located across the street from the Museum of Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile. The museum presents information on the everyday lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh from the 18th century through present day. The museum immerses one into the lives of the people who worked in the town. Admittance is free.
This museum brings back memories of childhood. It holds a large collection of toys and memorabilia which are displayed through several floors. Lots of fun as you stroll through the many rooms loaded with unusual and unique items of childhood. You'll wish you were a kid again. Free admission.
The tour shows the history "below ground" in the 16th and 17th century. People with money moved "up". Those without found themselves "underground". The tour was quite enlightening, and entertaining. However, expect to take the tour in a large group, and there isn't anytime to linger. There is a fee to take the tour.
The house gives a history of John Knox and his relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots. It is the original house and has a preserved painted ceiling in addition to beautiful fireplace frontals. There is a fee for admittance.
Located along the Royal Mile, this house is filled with items from the 17th century. It gives a brief history of the Darien scheme. The tour guides were quite informative. There was an information sheet in every room. There is an admission fee.
Lady Stairs House was built in 1622. It is located through a Close off the Royal Mile. The building is home to the Writer's Museum.
The museum is set up in Lady Stair house and contains items from famous Scottish Writers including Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The interior is fascinating with many personal items to view. Very informative. Free admittance.
There are many interesting sights to see while walking along the streets of Old Town. You can explore the many "closes" that are along the Royal Mile, as well as enjoy the architecture of the various buildings.
A statue that stands near Greyfriars Pub which is located near the Greyfriar's Abbey where Bobby is buried. Stop and get your photo next to Bobby!
This museum takes up an entire block! There are several floors devoted to Scottish History including items from Mary, Queen of Scots as well as an old telephone booth, lighthouse lens, and even a sportscar. Free admission. Great place to be on a rainy day!
Finish your day with dinner at the Outsider Restaurant. It offers an amazing view of Edinburgh Castle from the Dining room. There are lots of cozy nitches for a romantic evening.
The castle stands on the top of a crag and offers amazing views of the area. There are many museums within the walls of the castle.
This chapel is located within the walls of the castle, so you cannot view it without being admitted to the castle.
This venue is located in the old Castle School Building. One takes a ride in an Oak Barrel, similar to an amusement park ride, which takes you through the many facets of making whiskey. After the tour, one is taken to a tasting room, where the different types of whiskey are explained, and you can pick which type you would like to taste. At the end of the tour, one is escorted to a very large room, filled with more whiskey bottles on display than you can ever imagine. The tasting room has comfortable seating and a lovely view.
Down the hill from Edinburgh Castle is the Scottish National Gallery, another free museum which houses a large number of Scottish paintings. A great place to stop into on a rainy day.
The grounds of St. Cuthbert's Church offer spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle looming above. This is the oldest church in all of Great Britain, and holds a memorial to John Neperi. Agatha Christie was married to her second husband in the chapel of the church. The chapel is a memorial to the parishioners who lost their lives in the Great War. A special place to stop in.
The Princes Street Gardens are located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. Beautifully adorned with flowering plants most of the spring and summer. There are many beautiful statues on display through the gardens. Lovely area to walk through, near the train station.
One must walk along Princes Street to get from the train station to Calton Hill. It now has a transit system running from the airport to New Town.
Located on the top of a hill, Calton offers beautiful views over the city of Edinburgh. There are several monuments on display on the grounds. Well worth the hike to the top.
Walk through New Town to the Scottish National Portrait Museum. The museum is housed in a remarkably beautiful building and is adorned with much gold gilding inside. In addition to rooms filled with the standard historical portraits some dating as far back as 1537, there is a gallery devoted to famous Scottish scientists,, including Einstein, Alexander Grahan Bell, Sir William Ramsey, Baron Kelvin, and many more. Outstanding presentations! Free admittance.
The cathedral holds the National Shrine to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
Make reservations for High Tea at the Balmoral and you'll feel like royalty! It is pricey, but well worth it for the service that you receive and the scrumptious food. Dress up a bit and enjoy!
Alight from the train and head into New Town where you can see that the streets are laid out far different than Old Town Edinburgh. The streets are in grid style, and you can see the waters of Leith as you walk away from the train station.
Located in New Town is this lovely, original Georgian House, open for touring. It is a three story townhouse built in 1796 and decorated with authentic items from that time period. There are information sheets in every room, and tour guides throughout to answer any questions that you may have. It is a National Trust Home.
One can walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens, although it is a bit of a hike. The grounds are lovely, even in the winter. There is a lovely memorial to the Queen Mother and a stone pavilion that holds a plaque in her memory. Admission is free.
The Royal Yacht can be reached via foot from the train station, although it is quite a hike. The yacht is preserved with original rooms from the days that Queen Elizabeth would use it for recreation and travel. Her original bedroom is on display, as is the honeymoon suite that was used by Charles and Diana. The ship is vast, and even includes a limousine on board that would have been used at certain destinations. One goes through the yacht at one's own pace. There is an admittance fee for the yacht.
The Edinburgh Zoo entrance is located in a residential area of Edinburgh. One can take the Airport bus to access the zoo. One would normally have to schedule a time to view the Pandas, but the room was open for viewing when I was there. The zoo is large, but most of the animals are easily visible. There are placards with explanations near all of the animal displays. There is an admittance fee.
This is a well preserved castle, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh which requires either a bus or a car to visit. Mary, Queen of Scots, visited here when she wanted peace and tranquility. Because it is off the beaten track, there are few visitors popping in.