Edinburgh Journals

Edinburgh in Spring

A March 2002 trip to Edinburgh by Matwt

A view from the Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Edinburgh is an inspirational city with more than enough to keep a two year old and her parents interested.

Edinburgh in Spring

Overview

A view from the Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote:
Edinburgh is a great city to Walk around and absorb. Because it is hilly the streets and closes are all intersting and the architecture whether in the georgian new town or the medieval old town is inspiring and enigmatic. In particular though Edinburgh Castle and the view over the city, walking along the royal mile, visiting 'our dynamic earth', the view from Carlton Hill, taking a break in Princess Street gardensQuick Tips: See the castle but do it early. The gates open at 9.30am. The tour buses start ariving about 10.30am. The line for tickets grows very long very quickly. Edinurgh is a friendly city and there is no need to feel daunted by anything. Many hotels are bookable on ...Read More

Abbey Hotel

Hotel | "Greenside Hotel"

Quote:
It is nestled up against Carlton hill, and as a consequence only about 10 minutes walk from Princes Street.

The above price was for two adults and a two year old. In a room with Ensuite, Breakfast provided. HUGE rooms, (double and two single beds), very comfortable though the bathroom was a little worn.

Friendly Staff

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2002

Abbey Hotel
9 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 5AB
44 (131) 5570022

Our Dynamic Earth

Attraction

Quote:
Just around the corner from Holywood Palace, and in the shadow of what when finished will be the new Scottish Parliament is the Dynamic Earth, a geological/ natural history attraction that manages to be interesting for both children and adults. The show/ tour is a walk though about eight to ten different displays, each dealing with a particular period of the earth's geological history starting with the creation of the earth, development of continents and going through the development of life and it's evolution into its current myriad forms. Later displays deal with the importance of conservation and man's responsibility for the planet. If you are anti-conservation, you may find ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2002

Our Dynamic Earth
112 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8AS
+44 131 550 7800

Calton Hill

Attraction | "Carlton Hill"

Quote:
One of the best thing about Edinburgh is that even though it is not a cheap city, the views are free and there are several places from where you can get a great view of the city. One is Carlton Hill. North East of the Old Town.

Unfortunately, construction on one side of the foot of the hill muddies the vision of the Georgian New town but it is still a great spot for sightseeing. It is an easy but vigourous walk to the top.

The hill is also home to a number of monuments, and sights including Edinburghs Nelson Monument and the original Edinburgh Observatory (shortly after opening it was realised that the lights and haze of the city obscured the view of the stars and it was moved).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2002

Calton Hill
Regent Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3DG
+44 131 200 2000

Edinburgh Castle

Attraction

Edinburgh Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote:
Edinburgh Castle dominates the city. It sits on an imposing cliff overlooking Princess Street and the new town. It is perhaps more impressive to look at from outside than from inside. We spent most of a day in the castle itself. The view from the battlements is magnificent, we were there on a clear day and could see all the way across the Firth of Forth to St Andrews. There was also an interesting walk through display on Scottish History, told from the perspective of the Scottish 'crown jewels'. The culmination of which is of course seeing the jewels (and the stone of scone) themselves. You have access to the great hall and what were formerly royal apartments, and also St Margarets chapel, a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2002

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

MacTours

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

MacTours Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote:
There are three tour operators who run 'hop on hop off' tours of Edinburgh. MacTours, had two tour routes running at the same time. The first through the old and new town, the second north to Leith and the harbour. Of the two the first is more popular and generally more interesting. If you have to choose do it (8 pounds per person). It takes in the castle, the royal mile, Holyrood, and the georgian new town. As with any of these tours the commentary is the key. MacTours have genuinely entertaining and informative Guides, it is worth going around more than once just to get a different perspective. A single lap takes about an hour. Although edinburgh is a compact city the hills can beco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2002

MacTours
Waverley Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH7 4AZ
0131 556 2244