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Exploring Auld Reekie - Edinburgh on a budget

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A July 2006 trip to Edinburgh by svearvaldyr

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Exploring Auld Reekie - Edinburgh on a budget

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There are many highlights, whatever it is you're looking for. Taking one street as an example—the Royal Mile—this beautiful, cobbled street runs from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace. Apart from the obvious highlights at each end, you'll pass by excellent restaurants (The Witchery being the best of these), St Giles' Cathedral, the Heart of Midlothian, the Writers' Museum, the Children's Museum, the best Fudge Shop in the world, the old Tron Kirk, an array of good pubs, Mary King's Close, the Camera Obscura, the Loch Ness Experience(!), the truly hideous new Scottish Parliament building and finally Dynamic Earth. And those are just the main ones.For the traveller on a tight budge...Read More

Scott Monument

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Scott Monument Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Scott Monument is one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the city. You can't miss it - it's the huge, soot-blackened, pointy thing in Princes Street Gardens; the one with a statue of Sir Walter Scott and his wolfhounds on a raised platform in the centre.It is well worth taking the time to go and see it, even if you only see it from the outside, as it's beautifully made and really quite awe-inspiring - particularly since its repair and rejuvenation in the late nineties, with much of the fine detail being recreated from scratch and painstakingly restored to bring the monument back to something close to its original splendour. Having said this, of course, if you're even mode...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Scott Monument
Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2EJ
+44 131 529 4068

Arthur's Seat

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If I had to name one sight that no visitor to Edinburgh should leave without seeing, this would be it. Arthur's Seat takes its name from King Arthur—most notably the legends that claimed he was a giant—and the hill fort that used to be situated there. Rising rather majestically from right in the heart of the city, this outcropping of extinct volcano sits in the midst of Holyrood Park in the southwest corner of the city centre. You can drive up to its base if you wish and wander around the greensward that surrounds it, but to fully appreciate it you really need to climb to the top. You can take the longer, gentler climb from Dunsapie Loch, but for a quicker route there's an established pa...Read More

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Arthur's Seat
Salisbury Crags
Edinburgh, Scotland EH16

Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park is a great place to wander around. On summer days you'll find people in the open field below the Lion's Haunch throwing Frisbees, flying kites or kicking footballs about; and a very pleasant drive around—or walk across—the Crags leads you to more open greensward and St Margaret's Loch. The loch is usually populated by an array of ducks, geese and swans, which you're welcome to feed. Facing towards the loch and away from the small car park, there's a path that leads up to the left, around the loch itself and rising towards Arthur's Seat and St Anthony's Chapel. This ruined building is something of an enigma as no-one knows when it was built or why, although it can be seen in...Read More

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Holyrood Park
Holyrood Park Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH16 5BT

Royal Botanic Garden

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The Botanic Gardens are to be found next to Inverleith Park, just north of the Canonmills area. It's well signposted, so it's not hard to find, and if you're driving there's much better parking near the west gate than the east. The east gate is a bit of an attraction in itself though and has been the subject of a great deal of artistic photography. Worth a look if you're feeling a bit creative with your camera.These gardens are beautifully kept and there is free admission, year round. They ask for donations, but unlike so many places they don't frown at you disapprovingly if you don't spare some change. Once inside, there is an impressive array of plant life on display. The winding w...Read More

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