Edinburgh Journals

A Capital Time in Scotland

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An October 2001 trip to Edinburgh by thedrifter

The Maple Leaf Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Edinburgh is a city worthy of mulitple visits. A mix of the modern and historical, this city has something for everyone. Edinburgh has been voted the most "livable" city in the UK and, indeed, I found myself feeling at home. Attractions are plentiful and the people quite hospitable.

A Capital Time in Scotland

Overview

Edinburgh Piper Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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If given the choice of one place in Scotland to visit, it would be Edinburgh. It is a dynamic city, but retains somewhat of a "homey" feel to it. The historical and cultural sights and attractions seem endless Scotland's capital. Yet, the simple pleasure of sharing a pint with the locals can be as satisfying as anything you might do here. Edinburgh is a city worth visiting time and again.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: From other points in the U.K., Edinburgh is easily accessible by car or train. Once on location, it is easy to hit most of the highlights by foot, though the hilly terrain makes the convenient public transportation appealing for some jaunts. If you do have a car, ...Read More

The Maple Leaf

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Hotel

The Maple Leaf Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Maple Leaf is one of several B&Bs to be found on Pilrig Street, just downhill to the northeast of the city center. While the walk up to most of the attractions may be a bit much for some, it is easily accessible by bus or cab. When returning from a day of sightseeing, however, the downhill trek makes for a pleasant stroll through the city. These days it seems like many bed and breakfasts concentrate more on the bed rather than the breakfast. Not so at the Maple Leaf. The full Scottish breakfast, included in the price of accommodations, was a hearty start to the day. I found it to be not unlike the starch and pork heavy breakfasts that are the mainstay of traditional Southern U.S. breakfa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2004

The Maple Leaf
Pilrig Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

Auld Reekie Tours

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Attraction

Auld Reekie Tours Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Auld Reekie's Ultimate Ghost and Torture Tour was an activity that came about almost as an afterthought. I would have been sorry to have missed it, though, as it gave a look at parts of Edinburgh that are not so easily seen. While the mainstays of this walking tour are the tales of ghosts and supernatural events, it is quite heavy on historical anecdotes about the capital city. The highlight of the tour, for me, was descending into the underground vaults and caverns that lie beneath the city. These subterranean spaces have quite a gruesome and sordid history, including having been the involuntary home of plague victims. Supernatural phenomenon are said to be quite common in these are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2004

Auld Reekie Tours
45 Niddry Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1LG
+44 131 557 4700

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

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Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Got whisky? Well, they sure do at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. This interesting spot right near the castle is bound to appeal to the whisky aficionados, as well as those who enjoy a little belt now and again. You can see it, smell it, drink it; even play with it, sort of. These folks are all about the whisky, so it's hard not to like them. Who new booze could be so fun, before you even crack open the cap? At this museum/bar/distillery/pseudo-amusement park, you'll learn all you ever wanted to know and more about Scotland's most famous beverage. . . Scotch whisky. You can learn about the history and ins and outs of Scotch by taking a trip on the Whisky Barrel Ride (billed as fun f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2004

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

Scotsman's Lounge

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Attraction

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Maybe it was just timing, the right people at the right time or some other random set of circumstances, but the Scotsman's Lounge proved to be my favorite pub in Edinburgh. As its name suggests, the relatively small one room establishment leans a little toward the nationalist side. Above the bar, there was a rather strongly worded anti-English slogan that escapes me now, but was rather humorous at the time. Made more so by the fact I was visiting the pub with a buddy of mine from England. The clientele, except for my friend and I, were a rough and tumble cluster of locals lads. After verbally testing the mettle of my English cohort and grilling me on my own Scottish heritage, our fellow patrons ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2004

Scotsman's Lounge
73 Cockburn Street, Midlothian
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BU
0044 131 225 7726