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Evening site seeing

I'll be traveling with my sister, mother, and aunt (ages 30 - 64) at the end of April, and I was wondering if people had any good recommendations for evening things to do other than "visit pubs" and "go back to the hotel and sleep". I think we'll be going on a ghost tour one night. Other recommendations?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Evening site seeing

A wee trip out to south queensferry on the train to have a nice meal in one of the restaurants which looks out onto the bridges. Don't know of that counts as sightseeing as such but it would be nice. You can get there by train takes about 20 minutes .

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Hi, Whereabouts are you staying? There are some lovely areas just to wander around in the evenings - New Town and Stockbridge have plenty of stunning streets and interesting wynds and closes. Daylight in April isn't wonderful, but you could certainly spend the early evening soaking up the atmosphere.

A ghost tour is a good idea, or Mary Kings Close.

Edinburgh has all the usual entertainment options - cinema, bowling, bingo, casinos, ice skating etc - but those are hardly "sight-seeing" or unique to Edinburgh.

Jenmac80's suggestion is also good - Orocco Pier is a lovely bar/restaurant in South Queensferry - with stunning views of the Forth Rail Bridge (which is now lit up at night again!).

Abs :)

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We'll be staying at the Dalmahoy, which I think is a distance outside of the city. I'm assuming going into Edinburgh will be more interesting, but am open to anything.

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4. Re: Evening site seeing

Yes, the Dalmahoy is a good distance from any of the city sights, and assuming you don't have a car, you should plan to spend your evenings in the city centre. There are lots of live music, theatre and dance options for evening entertainment, check www.list.co.uk for your dates.

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I have been disappointed to see that so many sights close at 5pm. A few have one late night opening until 7pm. Edinburgh seems to missing the opportunity to have visitors enjoy galleries,museum,etc for a few more hours each day( and therefore increased revenue and employment)

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Keeping a free museum (National Gallery, National Museum of Scotland, Gallery of Modern Art, Writer's Museum, etc) open late for just a handful of visitors who aren't in a pub, listening to live music, going on a ghost tour or relaxing in their hotel is simply uneconomic.

Forget the "extra revenue" because that will be lost in operating costs, even if the museum charged for admission.

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7. Re: Evening site seeing

Hi. For info - you can get from Edinburgh centre to Dalmahoy Marriott using First Bus 28. It takes about 35 minutes and buses leave The centre of Edinburgh at approx 10.30pm and 00.00 (midnight), so you'll be able to enjoy evenings in the town.

:)

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8. Re: Evening site seeing

Dalmahoy being West of Edinburgh you could make a decision to spend a day touring *E* Lothian. By the end of April it'll be getting dark at almost 9 pm. You could have an afternoon tea then eat late when back in Edinburgh. Places to visit:

Gullane (golf, sand dunes, bird life)

Dirleton (castle, hotel)

North Berwick (seaside resort, beaches, Sealife Centre, harbour, tours to the Bass rock)

Dunbar (John Muir, fishing harbour)

If you have the transport and time, you could extend that to St Abbs Head (birdlife) or Eyemouth ( fishing harbour) and there are other places inland like East Linton, Haddington, Gifford.

All of these are accessible by public transport, but much less conveniently than by car, so you'd cherry-pick if using trains and buses.

Dunbar and N Berwick are a bit touristy, the rest are local communities so the same points apply regarding what's on. I was thinking more that you'd have an opportunity to stroll the beaches at dusk. If the weather's right, the sunsets from N Berwick can be fantastic, with the sun in the West sinking into the upper reaches of the Forth.

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9. Re: Evening site seeing

Thank you all for the advice! We're looking forward to exploring, and knowing which areas are great to check out is really helpful.

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10. Re: Evening site seeing

My hubby is a member at dalmahoy golf club! You are also well placed to explore west Lothian. Most recommended would be Linlithgow an historic town with Mary queen of scots palace. A great place to eat would be livingstons restaurant. Let us know if you have any specific interests.