Edinburgh Journals

Amazing Edinburgh

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A June 2002 trip to Edinburgh by Mary Porcher

7 Chester Street Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: With a lot of research and planning, we found the perfect mixture of sights to see in Edinburgh. These days were part of a five week journey in Britain. Read my most recent journals for more!

Amazing Edinburgh

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The City Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Many guidebooks neglect to mention the beautiful walk along the waters of Leith, which took us to the Botanical Gardens. That was a magical day. In the middle of a crowded city, tall buildings everywhere, there is a shaded path along the river that made us feel virtually alone. The Museum of Scotland is a fascinating look at the history of this great country. We actually rearranged our tra...Read More

Clarendon Hotel

Hotel | "The Maitland Hotel"

Clarendon Hotel Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The tourist board at the train station made a reservation for us at this hotel at the last minute. The location is excellent, less than a mile from the castle and major attractions. But this hotel is very basic, and the building is old. They have several fire drills each week (they only advertise one, but there was one when we were there on a different night). The rooms are small, so small that I couldn't get a good picture at all! The bathroom felt dirty, with the floor showing age and brown stains. The shower was minute!On the positive side, a kettle and shortbread are provided in the room. There was ju...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2002

Clarendon Hotel
25 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 4RG
44 131 2291467

7 Chester Street

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7 Chester Street Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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A welcome change from the typical European hotel room, 7 Chester Street is an elegant, friendly Georgian home. We were welcomed into the sitting room by the Browns, who were eager to tell us about our room and help us settle in. Something had come up with them, and they had to leave for a night while we would be there. They allowed us to stay, left us the keys, and gave us full use of the kitchen to make our breakfast while they were away. Our room was large and comforta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2002

7 Chester Street
7 Chester Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 225 5027

Linlithgow Palace

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Attraction | "Linlithgow Palace (daytrip)"

Linlithgow Palace Photo, Linlithgow, Scotland
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Linlithgow Palace is a great day trip from Edinburgh, especially on a sunny day. The visitor can see the palace in the morning and still have the whole day left to explore Edinburgh. Trains run to Linlithgown several times an hour, and it is a cheap, short ride to the town. When arriving at Linlithgown station, head toward the old building on the hill (which is the palace). St. Michael's church is located at the entrance of the palace and...Read More

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Linlithgow Palace
Town Of Linlithgow Off The M9
West Lothian
01506 842896

Dunkeld Cathedral

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Attraction | "Dunkeld Cathedral (daytrip)"

Dunkeld Cathedral Photo, Dunkeld, Scotland
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About an hour and a half's drive from Edinburgh on the way to Aberdeen, Dunkeld was a highlight of our trip. This small, secluded town is surounded by lush green hills and is built around a fast-flowing river. The colorful shops neatly line the winding road, and the ancient cathedral stands majestically beside the river. We happened to walk into a l...Read More

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Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld PH8 0AW
+44 1350 727249

Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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We picked up the car and started off without a problem this morning. I was surprised at how easy it was to adjust to driving on the left. And I quickly fell in love with the roundabouts. There are so many less stops and starts! Our first stop on the way to Aberdeen was Stirling Castle. It is at the top of a winding road that would have been torture to climb! I was really thankful for the car. The castle has a beautiful view of the surrounding countrys...Read More

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Stirling Castle
Castle Hill
Stirling FK8 1EH
+44 (1786) 475165

Daytrip to the Borders

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Daytrip to the Borders Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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May 24, 2002Today we discovered that there is no railway from Edinburgh down to the most famous places in the borders of Scotland. So we purchased a day explorer ticket on the bus and headed down to Melrose. After taking this first bus trip, we had no idea where we would end up and which buses we would be taking to get there. There are about four separate bus companies in the Borders. They all have different timetables and often different stops, so I will say the whole outing felt adventurous. Melrose Abbey was only a few steps from the bus stop in Melrose Market Square, and it was a beautiful ruin. The sun revea...Read More

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Daytrip to the Borders
Melrose and Jeburgh Abbeys
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The castle is in a wonderful location with a breathtaking view of the city. There is so much history there. We've read a lot about it, so we didn't purchase the audio guide, and I was glad about that. I think those guides take the age and mystery away from a place. The admission charge was steep - 8 pounds per person, plus 3 per person for the audio guide. The oldest part of the castle was built in the early 1100's, and is a small chapel commissioned by Queen Margaret. It was partly destroyed when Robert the Bruce had the castle burned instead of letting it go to the English. He felt bad about the chapel and had it restored. I can't tell you how it feels to walk in a building that old, and fu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2002

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NG
+44 (131) 225 9846

Gladstone's Land

Attraction

Gladstone's Land Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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After visiting the castle, we stopped at Gladstone's Land, which has been restored to a typical 17th century dwelling on high street. There was a small tweed shop downstairs, with living quarters for a few families in the stories above. It was a fascinating portrait of life in that very place four hundred years ago, with a bed that folded into the wall for extra space, and even a children's walker much like the ones we place our toddlers in today. There was a beautiful ornately carved Scottish bed, the likes of which I had never...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2002

Gladstone's Land
477B Lawnmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NT
+44 131 226 5856

Royal Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "Royal Botanic Gardens"

Royal Botanic Garden Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Today was so much better than I could have imagined! Scotland is known for overcast skies and daily light showers, but today was full of sunshine and blue skies. Because it was such a nice day, we chose the longest of four walks that would take us to the gardens. The Cadogan Edinburgh guide did very well in picking the route. We walked a path that ran along the waters of Leith, and there were very few people around. Even though we were still in the city, we could only hear birds and the flowing water. There were trees everywhere, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2002

Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5LR
+44 131 552 7171