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Six days in August.

adelaide
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Six days in August.

With six days, in Edinburgh, in August, we would like to now only see as much of Edinburgh as we can but also take in some of the surrounding must see places such as Stirling Castle, Roslyn Chapel and Melrose Abby. We are hiring a car to travel up the east coast and around Loch Ness, over two nearly two weeks however, while we are in Edinburgh we would also like to take advantage of the local transport, to use within 30 (+/-10) miles of Edinburgh.Is there public transport to places like Melrose and Roslyn that is fairly regular?

Edited: 24 February 2010, 05:01
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1. Re: Six days in August.

Rosslyn Chapel is close to Edinburgh and easily reached on frequent local buses. Melrose is much further away. There are no trains, but when I was last there there was an hourly bus service (but it takes about two hours each way)

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2. Re: Six days in August.

August in Edinburgh means festivals (plural) plus the Tattoo so prices are higher and the place is heaving with people for about 20 hours a day 7 days a week.

Cars are not recommended in Edinburgh at the best of times and if you do want to have a car whilst there you need to find somewhere out of the centre unless you want to pay punitive parking fees

Rosslyn is reached by the Lothian Buses 15 bus from Princes Street and Stirling by a train from Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket. Melrose is a fair distance from Edinburgh you can get the 62 or 62A First Group bus which takes about 90 minutes

lothianbuses.com

firstscotrail.com

firstgroup.com/ukbus/…index.php

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3. Re: Six days in August.

If you are interested in anything maritime,i suggest you visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith.I was there last weekend & it was one of the best things we did over the weekend.

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4. Re: Six days in August.

There's a regular bus service between Melrose and Edinburgh.

www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp…

And download details of service 62.

Melrose is a pretty town with ruined Abbey but to be honest there isn't a lot to spend time on there, unless you are keen walkers and you could spend several hours around the Eildon Hills.

Roslyn Chapel can be reached on Lothian Bus 15A

http://lothianbuses.com/routemap.php

Click on 15A to pull up a timetable.

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5. Re: Six days in August.

Remember that the Festival will be taking place in Edinburgh during August - the city will be at its busiest. Book your accommodation as far as possible in advance. The bus system within Edinburgh is good - see www.lothianbuses.com

Places of interest to visit in Edinburgh (free of charge):

* The Scottish Parliamentwww.scottish.parliament.uk (bus 36 from the city centre)

* National Galleries of Scotlandwww.nationalgalleries.org

* National Museum of Scotland – www.nms.ac.uk

* St Giles’ Cathedral – www.stgilescathedral.org.uk

* Royal Botanic Garden – www.rbge.org.uk (bus 23 from the city centre)

* City of Edinburgh museums – www.edinburgh.gov.uk (then click on Leisure) – includes the Museum of Edinburgh, the People’s Story, the Museum of Childhood and the Writers’ Museum

These charge for admission:

* The Royal Yacht Britannia – www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

* Palace of Holyroodhouse – www.royalcollection.org.uk (bus 36 from the city centre)

* Edinburgh Castlewww.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

* Edinburgh Zoowww.edinburghzoo.org.uk (buses 26 and 31 from the city centre)

There are numerous open-top tour buses, see www.edinburghtour.com

A day trip to Glasgow from Edinburgh is very easy by train. ScotRail Express trains depart from Edinburgh’s Waverley and Haymarket stations every 15 minutes and arrive approximately 50 minutes later at Glasgow Queen Street station. See www.scotrail.co.uk

Glasgow has several excellent museums which are free of charge. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ranks amongst the best in Europe; take the Glasgow Subway (underground railway) to Kelvin Hall station. See www.glasgowmuseums.com

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6. Re: Six days in August.

Only getting a car to travel to Arbroath, Stonehaven, Loch Ness, ect.

We want to catch public transport in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Accomodation booked a few months ago in Edinburgh. We also have all our accomodation booked around Scotland.

Thanks for heaps of really good info from all posters. Much appreciated.

Edited: 24 February 2010, 11:24
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8. Re: Six days in August.

"You really don't want to go in August unless you want to do the various Festivals."

As the OP is coming in August and has booked their accommodation then not the most helpful of posts.

It is possible to avoid much of the festivals "entertainment" should you wish, but it is also easy to get caught up in it all, if that is your thing.

As many of the visitors to Edinburgh during the festival are there for the festivals you may well find that some of the other attractions are a little quieter than normal

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9. Re: Six days in August.

15A bus does not go to Rosslyn - it's the 15 that does

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10. Re: Six days in August.

<<< As many of the visitors to Edinburgh during the festival are there for the festivals you may well find that some of the other attractions are a little quieter than normal >>>

Many of the major attractions like the galleries have special (ie paying) exhibitions so you can't see the "normal stuff". There's also so many people around that all of the "normal stuff" gets packed just from overflow or people taking a break from the Festivals.

Add to that the little fact that accommodation is more expensive and restaurants are packed (few if any even allow pre-booking) then unless you are coming principally for the festivals you'll end up paying out a lot more money than you expect and won't have as good a time as you would at other times