Edinburgh Journals

Edinburgh and the Lothians

A travel journal to Edinburgh by proxam2

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Macarthur Glen Designer Outlet

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Attraction | "A BIG MAC"

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McArthurGlen is Europe's leading designer outlet operator with many centres across the UK, France, Austria, Holland and Italy. This review concerns the Livingston branch.When I first moved to Livingston it was a very young new town. The Almondvale centre had just opened with a grand total of 2 supermarkets, a few shoe shops, a bakers and a few various other establishments. Bleak is the word that springs to mind. Changed days now. These days, only Edinburgh surpasses Livi in the Lothians for shopping facilities, and I think East Kildride is the only place in Scotland which has a bigger covered mall.Opened in 2000, the most recent addition (as far as indoor shopping goes) is the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2013

Macarthur Glen Designer Outlet

Livingston, Scotland

Royal Mile

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Attraction | "A Mile of History"

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THE ROYAL MILE runs through the historic centre of Edinburgh's Old Town from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is actually longer than a mile at just under 2000 yards, and has one of the greatest concentration of historic buildings anywhere in Britain. Consequently, it is one of the busiest tourist thoroughfares in the world.The Royal Mile is made up of four streets running downhill from the castle; CASTLEHILL, LAWNMARKET, HIGH STREETand the CANONGATE. Leading off from these streets are the wynds - which are the alleyways leading to the closes, the entrances to the tenements.The street was first developed in the 12th century when strips of land, near to the castle, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2012

Royal Mile
Main Thoroughfare of Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

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Attraction | "Edinburgh Rocks"

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Edinburgh city skyline is dominated by the castle which is Scotland's top tourist attraction and the most visited site in Britain, outside of London. It sits atop a volcanic plug with steep cliffs on three sides.This site has been constantly fought over because of it's strategic position. It's closeness to England has meant that it was always under threat of attack. It was occupied by the English in 1174 for 12 years and again by Edward 1 in 1296 until it was liberated by the Earl of Moray in 1314. the castle has withstood many sieges since then and occupied in 1650 by Cromwell.These days it is regularly 'invaded' by hordes of tourists.You really can't miss it, it sits in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2012

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

The Last Drop

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Restaurant

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Directly behind, and far, far below Edinburgh Castle, lies the Grassmarket - a small open space that has played an important role in Edinburgh's history.As the name implies, the Grassmarket used to be where local farmers brought their hay and other produce for sale. But in times past it was also the location of one of the main gallows in the city and crowds would flock in huge numbers to see the public executions.Pubs in the Grassmarket are not an uncommon sight, they literally line the streets, jostling for position, side-by-side, one after another.Two pubs that are not only next door to each other, but share a common theme, are MAGGIE DICKSON'S and THE LAST DROP TAVERN....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

The Last Drop
74-78 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JR
0131 225 4851

The Grassmarket

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Attraction | "A Guide to Buying Grass in Edinburgh"

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Far below Edinburgh Castle, down in the deep, dark canyons of the 'Auld Toon', lies THE GRASSMARKET. Now, I have no doubt that it's possible to buy some pretty good Northern Lights around here, but the grass referred to has more to do with feeding livestock than getting off your face. Still, had you going there for a bit, eh?The Grassmarket was the site of an open air market for at least 500 years, right up until 1911. In recent years, this tradition has been restored, with a fair taking place on the first three Saturdays in August around the time of the Edinburgh Festival. Even today, The Grassmarket has the unmistakable appearance of a medieval market-place (well, it would if you demoli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

The Grassmarket
SE of Edinburgh Castle
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS
+44 131 226 3087