Edinburgh Journals

Paradise in Edinburgh

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A June 2003 trip to Edinburgh by milliebell

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Paradise in Edinburgh

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Overview

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Edinburgh is steeped with history everywhere. I enjoyed a guided walk in Greyfriars Kirkyard at night and the South Bridge vaults. The latter can only be accessed on a guided tour. Edinburgh can be costly, but as the saying goes, some of the best things are free, or cheap. On a warm day, relax in Princes Street gardens and enjoy some lovely views of the old town skyline, people watching and chilling out. A cheap picnic lunch can be had from local grocers. Walking is fun in Edinburgh and walks up Carlton Hill of good views. Strolling around the New Town and exploring the wynds and closes off the Royal Mile is also fun. There are some great free museums. My favourites out of...Read More

Castle Rock

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Hotel

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I stayed in Castle Rock for four nights in June 2003. It is in a great location at the bottom end of the Royal Mile oposite the Castle. It cost £12 a night, though it is more during the festival. I liked lots of things about this place. The facilities are good - internet access, games room, lounge - this tends to be busy and lively, 'posh' lounge' which is mainly very quiet and where people go to read, and guest kitchen. Breakfast is optional - £1.90 gets you juice, cereal and a croissant or scone or roll, or you can purchase the items seperately. The reception sells soft drinks, sweets, tioletries etc. You can join the Macbackpackers tours from here, and the hostel runs day tours. There are are...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2003

Castle Rock
15 Johnson Terrace
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 0131 225 9666

Bruntsfield Youth Hostel

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Hotel

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I originally wanted to stay at a different hostel, but it was full, so I decided on Bruntsfield instead. I initially started off on the second floor, in a big spacious 6-bed dorm with a BIG shower room next door. Because of a few big groups, I was moved downstairs to another dorm halfway through. This was also a 6-bed dorm, but the room was a lot smaller, so it seemed more cramped. There were no luggage storage areas in there, and the showers were quite a walk away, and they were tiny with no areas for clothes, towels etc. I guess its just luck as to which room you get allocated. There is a very comfortable lounge with Internet access (£1 for 20 minutes), and the reception area is com...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Bruntsfield Youth Hostel
7 Bruntsfield Crescent,
Edinburgh, Scotland
(0131) 4472994

City of the Dead Tours

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Attraction | "City of the Dead"

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You meet outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile at 8.30pm, 9.15pm and 10pm (summer) or 7.30pm or 8.30pm in winter. I went on the 9.15pm walk. A guide dressed in a long black cloak meets the assembled walkers. He takes you to the Greyfriars kirkyard. On the way, you stop to hear stories of the dark side of Edinburgh. We learnt about witch trails, torture techniques, sewage disposal and criminal justice in great detail. Very interesting I must add. At the Kirkyard, the guide explained how the yard was in three sections. At the martyrs memorial, the guide explained about the Edinburgh martrys. When we stopped at the headstone for John Gray, of Greyfriars bobby fame, the guide told us of a differe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2003

City of the Dead Tours
Departs from St. Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh, Scotland

Ghost Hunters walk

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Attraction

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The walk meets at the Mercat Cross on the High Street on the Royal Mile. There is a huge billboard there -- you will spot it easily enough. I went on the walk departing at 8.30pm. A costumed guide lead the walk. There was a large group of around 30 people, mostly couples. On the way to the vaults, the guide stopped the group and told stories of the darker side of old Edinburgh. We stopped in closes to find out more about life in them in the earlier days and about more that happened. That was just a warm up. The real fun started when we reached the South Bridge vaults. These were built in when the South Bridge was built. The bridge is packed with buildings on each side, so it is actua...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Ghost Hunters walk
Meet at Mercat Cross on the High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary King's Close

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Attraction | "Mary Kings Close"

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Large signposts point where to go to start the tour on the High Street. They are hard NOT to spot. The tours start and end from the giftshop (where else). Adult tickets are £7.50 (£6.50 concessions). At the start of the tour, myself and about 15 other people were gathered at the top of the stairs. When the guide asked if anoyone had a particular nervous disposition, heart trouble, etc., I thought I was going to be in for a good time. The tours are led by guides who take on characters of the people who once lived there. I was led around by Jonet Nimmo, 'Mary Kings Daughter' in period dress. However, the effects were too overdone. In attempting to give an example of how it would have l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Mary King's Close
Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1PG
08702 430160

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

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Attraction | "The Sctoch Whisky Heritage Centre"

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As a keen Scotch whisky enthusiast, I was especially looking forward to a visit here. My ticket was £7.50 adult rate (£6.50 concessions). You MUST go as part of a guided tour. At the start of the tour, you were given a SMALL sample of whisky (soft drinks were available for children or non whisky drinkers). Hint: you get a far more generous measure at Jamesons distillery in Dublin. The group was herded into a room, where we watched a video on the popularity of whisky in Scotland. Then, we were herded into another room to watch a video on locations of distilling in Scotland. Then, in another room there was a large model of a distillery. The guide explained the distilling process, and pressed a bu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
354 Castlehill
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NE
+44 131 220 0441

People's Story

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Attraction | "The Peoples Story"

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This is a small free musuem at the top of the Royal Mile. With so many famous citizens, it was nice to see something of the ordinary folk who shaped the city. I have a very strong interest in social history, so I enjoyed it. The musuem is located in what was the Cannongate Tollbooth. A cell is still set up and posters about escaped prisoners. The cell was probably made for tourists though, as it is described as a very unpleasant and dirty place when it was a jail. The cell was clean and comfortable. The other galleries reflected life in Edinburgh. My favourite was the working gallery. Here was information and displays on working conditions, pay etc. for dockers, domestic servants, fi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

People's Story
163 Canongate
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8BN
+44 131 529 4057