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Getting out of the city

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Getting out of the city

Suggestions please for a days walking and exploring of the Scottish countryside as a break from the hustle and bustle of the Fringe Festival.

Many thanks


PS. We will have our car with us.

PPS. We are not afraid of venturing more than 100 metres away from said car!

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1. Re: Getting out of the city

Wow there are lots of choices. I like the walks that are around Dunkeld and Birnam in Perthshire. The TI has maps. Pam

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2. Re: Getting out of the city

Down the coast to North berwick by train then walk along the beach up to Gullane or Aberlady , getting some good seabreeezes in to refresh -about a two hour walk , you can then catch a bus back to edinburgh

Or stay in the city and get up Arthurs Seat

Or venture out to the Pentlands reachable from Balerno Collinton or Floterstone again riht at Edinburghs door step

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3. Re: Getting out of the city

There is a lot to see in East Lothian.

Gullane has a good beach.

North Berwick has the Sea Bird Centre.

There are beaches at Yellowcraigs and Tyninghame with good walks.These are used mostly by locals and not well signposted but well worth seeking out.

The Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

Athelstaneford where the Scottish Saltire flag is alleged to have originated.There is good audio visual show at the local church.

Gifford is good for lunch or the Whiteadder reservoir for a picnic.

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4. Re: Getting out of the city

Cross the Forth Road Bridge then drive to St Andrews following the coast. Apart from Kircaldy it's all very pleasant

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5. Re: Getting out of the city

Thanks people. We arrive Wednesday pm so are currently pouring over the maps looking at the suggestions.

PS. Has the Falkirk Wheel become a bit of a tourist attraction and worth a detour to, even if only for 10 minutes ?

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6. Re: Getting out of the city

John Muir Way features lots of walks out North Berwick way.

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The East Neuk of Fife has a string of villages by the sea that are very attractive. One of them has a multi award winning fish and chip shop - someone up there will tell you which place. It's a couple of years since we were there, so have lost a few grey cells since then!! There are great little pamphlets that give a DK type look at each village. I was so impressed I wrote to the Fife tourist board to say so. Not something I would normally do.

The other place is down to the Borders, where we had a week earlier this year, prior to a few days in Edinburgh. Barely an hour from Edinburgh and you could be enjoying the peaceful delights of Melrsoe, Dryburgh Abbey, Jedburgh etc. Also would recommend Mellerstain House - it was fascinating and plenty of walks round there. Scott's view is magnificent on a clear day.

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8. Re: Getting out of the city

You asked about Falkirk wheel...

Yes, it has become a tourist attraction (and gets good reviews on Trip adviser). It is unique and incredible bit of engineering and a joy to sit and watch working. To try and make time to go and see it - even if you don't have time for a ride.


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9. Re: Getting out of the city

The chippy is the Anstruther Fish Bar which wins awards every year. We ate there last week. Be prepared to queue as it's extremely popular.

The East Neuk of Fife is a great choice. The Fife Coastal Path runs from North Queensferry to past St Andrews. It goes through some lovely fishing villages with great views. If you only have a day I would drive to somewhere like Elie and walk east to St Monans and back. There are some really good tearooms, restaurants and farmshops in the area.

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