Edinburgh - Perspective From a Local

Edinburgh is the Capital of Scotland and is one of the oldest cities in the world.


Edinburgh - Perspective From a Local

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

Edinburgh is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has hundreds of years of history. If you visit Edinburgh, you must walk along the Royal Mile, at the end of the street rests Edinburgh Castle. Below the castle, which once was a moat, lies the Princess Gardens. They are beautifully manicured, and a very busy place on bright sunny days. Both tourists and locals alike enjoy basking in the sun surrounded by wonderful fountains. On the other side of the Princess Gardens, is Princess Street which has a a store for everyone, it is one of the major roads in Edinburgh so please remember that they drive on the left.

If you are up for a hike, then take a leisurely walk up King Arthurs Seat.

If you want the beach then take a bus down to Portobello, it takes 45 minutes, but worth your while.

If you want a drink go to the Grass Market, some of the best pubs in the world are in that district.

If you are looking for a good dance club simply hop in a cab, or walk towards Cow Gate Street. There are so many to choose from you will just have to visit more than one.

For a truly haunting experience you have to visit Mary Kings Close, located off of the Royal Mile. ${QuickSuggestions} To fully explore this great city you need a few days, but to truly experience the culture you need at least a few months.

If you want to travel in August, make sure you check out the Edinburgh Festival, which is a world renowned arts festival.

If you arrive in April, and wish to get to your pagan roots, check out the Baltine Fire Festival...

Edinburgh also hosts the largest Military Tattoo, tickets are hard to come buy but if you're planning on traveling you have to check it out.

${BestWay} The cabbies are great, they know exactly where you are going, and I never heard of someone getting charged extra for a ride.

The bus system is one of the best in the world (in my opinion), with detailed maps and friendly drivers...if you've never sat on a double decker, you have to ride up top and at the front.

Bus tours are great if you want a quick history lesson and have limited time.

St. Christophers Inn

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

St. Christophers Inn is a great place to stay if you're looking for a cheap roof over your head. The price ranges from £15 to £30 a night, depending on the season.

It is a well keep hostel with a very friendly staff, it is cleaned every day, there is no lock out, and there is no curfew. There are laundry facilities on site. There is even a bar/restaurant attached to the hostel which offers discounts to those staying there. The food is decent, and is great if you want a quick bite. Also to be mentioned is that you get a free light breakfast every morning of your stay.

The hostel is ideally located, it is one block away from the Historical Royal Mile, the Princess Gardens, and Princess Street. It is also located across from the train station, and right outside is an office for the local buses, so you can buy passes for your daily adventures.

St. Christopers, is a great place for backpackers, they have rooms that are mixed, women only, men only, and private. There are lockers available for security, and there is Internet access in the foyer.
St Christopher's Inn
9-13 Market Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (0) 20 7407 1856

Princess Gardens

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

The Princess Garden's are a majestic sight to see.

However, they weren't always that way. When Edinburgh Castle was built, the Princess Garden's were its moat, it was a murky source of water that smelled horrendous due to the years of waste that had been dumped into it by citizens living off of the Royal Mile. When the moat was drained it is rumored that there were six thousand bodies found, this of course, was due to the hundreds of years of war.

After the moat was drained, city officials set out to make it a great garden, a place of peace in which families, lovers, and children were able to play and relax.

Take a good book, and enjoy the gardens for a few hours, then head up for shopping, or a pint.
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2YJ

Edinburgh Festival

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

The Edinburgh Festival is one of the largest art festivals in the world. Entertainers, Artists, and Thespians travel from around the world to partake in this week-long event.

The event is held in August every year, and takes up the entire city. The Royal Mile is decorated with banners and steamers, and there are performance artists walking around promoting their show. There are street performers, musicians, and poets.

During the festival prices of food, drinks, and lodging are raised a little, but not noticeably.
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2NE
+44 131 473 2001

The Last Drop

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

The Last Drop is a great pub with an interesting story.

The Last Drop is known by locals to be the pub in which men and women would literally have their "Last Drop."

The Grassmarket was where people were hanged, and they just happened to be hanged right outside The Last Drop, so the men and women would go for their very last pint and then head for the gallows across the street.

The Last Drop is always lively and packed, good luck finding a seat on a Friday or Saturday night.

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

Sir Walter Scott Monument

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by whatelb on March 15, 2006

The Sir Walter Scott Monument can been seen from many places within Edinburgh.

The Monument was erected to honor the great Scottish poet Walter Scott.

Sir Walter Scott, first Baronet (August 14, 1771 to September 21, 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time. In some ways Scott was the first author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers all over Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and North America.

His novels and (to a lesser extent) his poetry are still read, but he is far less popular nowadays than he was at the height of his fame. Nevertheless many of his works remain classics of English literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, and The Heart of Midlothian.

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

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