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Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

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Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

Hi! Some great ideas already gathered from this site, but I am wondering if anyone could suggest the top things to do in Edinburgh when only one day -- a Sunday -- is availablen in the midst of a business trip. Brunch/lunch or early dinner suggestions welcome (you see where our priorities lie ...).

We are a 'mature' Canadian couple with long legs and sturdy footwear, who enjoy exploring interesting corners of cities and towns, contemporary art on a low budget. Outdoor activities will depend upon the weather, of course, so your top indoor activity suggestions welcome. We will travel by train to and from Glasgow that day.

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1. Re: Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

Contemporary Art. There are a pair of Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road. If you get off at Haymarket and manage to dodge through the tram works, you could walk down Palmerston Place, past the cathedral, and over the Belford Bridge to the galleries. Both have regular exhibitions (ticketed) but also house interesting collections (free).

The gallery on the West of Belford road has a nice cafe; and there's a gate in the wall behind in which drops you to the Water of Leith with a good walk past Dean Village, and through 'villages' like Stockbridge and Canonmills, and on down to Leith, where you will find LOADS of nice places to eat.

Dean Village has some interesting corners, some old and vernacular architecture.

If you walk the walk, you'll pass the Water of Leith Cafe Bistro: excellent food, a mix of influences but mostly Scots/French. Obvious why, when you meet Ana/Mickael. #1 rating on TA. Open daytime: lunch not dinner.

The Portrait Gallery at the East end of Queen Street has an eclectic range of paintings from 15C right the way through to pretty much now. It too has a nice cafe. Architecturally a strange mix of neo-gothic and art nouveau.

If you fancy some formal greenery, there's the Botanic Gardens. North of and between Stockbridge and Canonmills. At any time of year a haven of restfulness, many many trees, formal planting, glasshouses - and food ranging from a snack cafe at the East Gate to a full Restaurant at the West Gate. Good views of the city skyline. More art and sculpture.

Trying to keep you off the usual tourist trail on the Royal Mile!

If you really want to avoid the tourist traps, you could take a bus to Hillend, and walk into Caerketton and Allermuir Hills, with the option of the Steading for a bar meal afterwards.

If the rain tips down you have four serious galleries, an equally serious museum, and lots more smaller venues of that ilk.

If, heaven forfend, you decide to stick to the centre of town, you could try Wedgwood or Angels with Bagpipes, not exactly cheap but VG. Both on the Royal Mile. Or in the New Town you could have afternoon tea in the Dome on George Street. If it has its Christmas finery on by the time you arrive, it'll boggle your mind.

To be honest there are shedloads of nice places to eat and TA's restaurant list is as good a place to start as any: zoom the map.

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2. Re: Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

The galleries are open from 10-5pm on a Sunday www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/introduction/

Also you are visiting when the Christmas market will be on- close to the train station, ideal to grab a Gluwein or take a turn up the big wheel to see the city lights. http://www.winterinedinburgh.com/

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3. Re: Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

Just walk up and down the Royal Mile and explore the many Closes of the Royal Mile and you will find plenty to do and see.

Have a look at www.royal-mile.com

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4. Re: Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

Thank you so much, especially for the speedy replies. Such a wealth of information makes me wish we were staying more than a day, but so be it.

We will just have to rise early and stay late.

TorontoSusanO

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5. Re: Sunday in Edinburgh - in December!

Thanks so much, Derek - Speaking of loads -- this is enough info to keep us going for a whole weekend, if not longer. Pity we can't stay, but we will explore with gusto, rain or shine.

TorontoSusanO

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