Edinburgh Journals

Winter get away to Edinburgh, scotland

A February 2005 trip to Edinburgh by Gilbertese

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Quote: This is a account of our five-day budget holiday in Edinburgh during the month of February! This was our first trip to Edinburgh, and we want to go back again because it was so great.

Winter get away to Edinburgh, scotland

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Overview

Arthur's seat Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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We decided to visit Edinburgh by taking advantage of some excellent offers by RyanAir from France to the Preswick airport near Glasgow. The train journey from Preswick was over 2 hours long, with a change of train stations in Glasgow. We arrived in Edinburgh’s Waverley station and headed for a cheap place to stay. We looked at the Jury's Inn near the station but found the place very impersonal and a bit gritty. Our guidebook recommended a place on Pilrig Street, so we decided to try a local guest house, which was the best decision of our holiday. Edinburgh as a city was fantastic, albeit a bit expensive at times. The Old and New Town take on a special character of their own under a low winte...Read More

Balmoral Guesthouse

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Hotel

Balmoral Guesthouse Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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We followed a recommendation from our guidebook and were not disappointed. The Balmoral Guesthouse on Pilrig Street was great value. It was warm, welcoming, and beautifully decorated, with period furniture in the bedrooms and throughout the house. The beds were very comfortable, and we had a lovely view over the garden from our window. We were in a room at the top of the house and had access to two shared bathrooms on the landing. We were a bit unsure about this, but we never had a problem using the bathrooms during our stay, even though the place was full over the weekend. The bathrooms were very clean and roomy. The owner seems to love WWII radios, and we were listening to the local radio station...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

Balmoral Guesthouse
32 Pilrig Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 5AL
0131 5541857

Salas Hut

Restaurant

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This is a very simple-looking restaurant with a great atmosphere and great prices. You can bring your own wine. The menu is limited, but the food is fantastic.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

Salas Hut
Albert St.
Edinburgh, Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Attraction | "The Royal Museum of Scotland"

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We gave the castle a miss, as it was very expensive and we found out everything we wanted to know about the history of Scotland in this museum. The displays were amazing, and it took us over 2 hours to see all the exhibits. It is a great museum.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2005

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789

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Biggest Fright: We like the haunted ghost walk from the Royal Mile. It was a bit pricey at £8 each, but we loved it.

Atmosphere: Just walk around the back streets of the Old and New Town; the place is like a museum. Try the Water of Leith as well.

Great accommodation: We will always go back to the Balmoral Guesthouse, a sure hit with us and really good value.

The weather: Apparently, we were very lucky. The sun shined nearly everyday and the wind was not blowing. (Edinburgh is known as the windy city.)