Greetings all, from Kansas City.
My wife and I are visiting Edinburgh for 5 days in October. Way shorter than a proper holiday - hence my posting. We're planning on staying at Rick's and at the Bonham. I don't like switching but neither hotel was available for whole duration of stay.
I could use some tourist advice on four questions...
1. I like to visit interesting flea markets, second hand shops, antique shops, etc. Not especially interested in posh, high-end antiquities - more attuned to just interesting oddments and 'objets d'art'. Any recommendations?
2. I'm also into modern design - furniture, household items and such. If there's notable 'don't miss' places I'd love to hear about them.
3. Our's is a short trip but my wife would also like to see some countryside. Any suggestions? I won't have a car but could hire one if that's the best way to go. Any interesting seaside destinations within reach?
4. Always interested in bar / pub / nightlife suggestions. We're adults who enjoy hip places but mostly go to interact with local people - not dance or specifically go for music except as background to conversation. Sophisticated places or hole-in-the-wall joints are of equal interest. It's about the people.
As always - any other hip ideas are genuinely appreciated as well.
Hope some of you can help. The short duration of our trip makes for a more hectic pace than I prefer and I feel more anxiety than usual about pre-planning.