Guidebook for Edinburgh

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Guidebook for Edinburgh

Parks & Nature
It's an extinct volcano in the middle of a city and the views from the top are amazing. This is the number one guest favourite place to visit. The sunsets from Arthur's Seat are spectacular.
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Sæti Artúrs
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It's an extinct volcano in the middle of a city and the views from the top are amazing. This is the number one guest favourite place to visit. The sunsets from Arthur's Seat are spectacular.
We have a beach! The water is cold but the beach is clean and has wonderful views over to Fife.
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Portobello Beach
1 Promenade
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We have a beach! The water is cold but the beach is clean and has wonderful views over to Fife.
Cramond Island is a tidal island about one mile (1.6 km) out to sea, which is connected to the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands. A paved path, exposed at low water, allows easy access. This causeway runs at the foot of a row of concrete pylons on one side of the causeway, which were constructed as a submarine defence boom during the Second World War and are one of the most striking sights in the area. Good for all year round birdwatching but particularly early summer. Range of species includes waders, gulls, tits, finches, warblers, kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, mute swan, mallard, cormorant, merganser. Car parking is available in Cramond village, it is also easily accessible on the LRT Bus 41 (Barnton) from Frederick St. or George St.
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Cramond Island
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Cramond Island is a tidal island about one mile (1.6 km) out to sea, which is connected to the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands. A paved path, exposed at low water, allows easy access. This causeway runs at the foot of a row of concrete pylons on one side of the causeway, which were constructed as a submarine defence boom during the Second World War and are one of the most striking sights in the area. Good for all year round birdwatching but particularly early summer. Range of species includes waders, gulls, tits, finches, warblers, kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, mute swan, mallard, cormorant, merganser. Car parking is available in Cramond village, it is also easily accessible on the LRT Bus 41 (Barnton) from Frederick St. or George St.
Good for all year round birdwatching but particularly early summer. Range of species includes waders, gulls, tits, finches, warblers, kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, mute swan, mallard, cormorant, merganser. Car parking is available in Cramond village, it is also easily accessible on the LRT Bus 41 (Barnton) from Frederick St. or George St.
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Cramond
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Good for all year round birdwatching but particularly early summer. Range of species includes waders, gulls, tits, finches, warblers, kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, mute swan, mallard, cormorant, merganser. Car parking is available in Cramond village, it is also easily accessible on the LRT Bus 41 (Barnton) from Frederick St. or George St.
Loch, reedbeds and some surrounding woodland. There is also a SWT reserve on the south side, access to the reserve requires a key. It is particularly worth visiting this site in the Winter and Spring. Regular species include various wintering wildfowl, heron and great-crested grebe. Also occasional kingfishers, and even bittern!
Duddingston Loch
Loch, reedbeds and some surrounding woodland. There is also a SWT reserve on the south side, access to the reserve requires a key. It is particularly worth visiting this site in the Winter and Spring. Regular species include various wintering wildfowl, heron and great-crested grebe. Also occasional kingfishers, and even bittern!
The area is particular good in Spring and early Summer. The reservoirs and moorland offer the opportunity to see upland breeding birds. Species include ring ouzel, cuckoo, chats, red grouse, peregrine falcon and breeding waders such as curlew and common sandpiper. Accessible by bus to Biggar from St. Andrews Sq. bus station. Alight at Flotterstone. (Alternatively walk over moors from Threipmuir.
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Pentland Hills Cafe Express
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The area is particular good in Spring and early Summer. The reservoirs and moorland offer the opportunity to see upland breeding birds. Species include ring ouzel, cuckoo, chats, red grouse, peregrine falcon and breeding waders such as curlew and common sandpiper. Accessible by bus to Biggar from St. Andrews Sq. bus station. Alight at Flotterstone. (Alternatively walk over moors from Threipmuir.
There is always something to see in the woodland, along the river or up on Blackford Hill. The high point of the year is May and June for the breeding season of the various woodland birds. Species seen include tits, bullfinch, greenfinch, woodpeckers, grey wagtail, heron, sparrowhawk, owls, warblers and spotted flycatcher. The area tends to be very busy with families at the weekends. Accessible by bus, numbers 16 and 17 from Princes St., alight at Comiston Drive and walk up Braid Rd. to entrance to Hermitage. Alternatively bus numbers 40 and 41 to Balckford pond.
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Hermitage of Braid
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There is always something to see in the woodland, along the river or up on Blackford Hill. The high point of the year is May and June for the breeding season of the various woodland birds. Species seen include tits, bullfinch, greenfinch, woodpeckers, grey wagtail, heron, sparrowhawk, owls, warblers and spotted flycatcher. The area tends to be very busy with families at the weekends. Accessible by bus, numbers 16 and 17 from Princes St., alight at Comiston Drive and walk up Braid Rd. to entrance to Hermitage. Alternatively bus numbers 40 and 41 to Balckford pond.
Particularly good in Winter and Spring. Various duck, great-crested & little grebe, possibility of water rail in the reed bed. Finches, tits, & warblers in the surrounding woodland. Winter thrushes. Accessible by bus on the Linlithgow or Stirling bus (First Bus No. 38) from St. Andrews Square bus station.
Linlithgow Loch
Particularly good in Winter and Spring. Various duck, great-crested & little grebe, possibility of water rail in the reed bed. Finches, tits, & warblers in the surrounding woodland. Winter thrushes. Accessible by bus on the Linlithgow or Stirling bus (First Bus No. 38) from St. Andrews Square bus station.
A truly top quality birdwatching site with excellent seawatching opportunities and lagoons which can attract large numbers of waders at high tide. Species seen include scoter (velvet and common), long-tailed duck, divers, gulls, various rare grebes and a wide range of waders. Accessible by bus from St. Andrews Square, alight at Levenhall.
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Musselburgh
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A truly top quality birdwatching site with excellent seawatching opportunities and lagoons which can attract large numbers of waders at high tide. Species seen include scoter (velvet and common), long-tailed duck, divers, gulls, various rare grebes and a wide range of waders. Accessible by bus from St. Andrews Square, alight at Levenhall.
Similar to the Flotterstone area. The area is particular good in Spring and early Summer. The reservoirs and moorland offer the opportunity to see upland breeding birds. Species include ring ouzel, cuckoo, chats, red grouse, peregrine falcon and breeding waders such as curlew and common sandpiper. Accessible on number 44 bus from Princes Street to terminus at Balerno, then 1.5 mile walk up minor road to Threipmuir. After crossing bridge, turn right and follow path to hide.
Threipmuir Reservoir
Similar to the Flotterstone area. The area is particular good in Spring and early Summer. The reservoirs and moorland offer the opportunity to see upland breeding birds. Species include ring ouzel, cuckoo, chats, red grouse, peregrine falcon and breeding waders such as curlew and common sandpiper. Accessible on number 44 bus from Princes Street to terminus at Balerno, then 1.5 mile walk up minor road to Threipmuir. After crossing bridge, turn right and follow path to hide.
Estuary area with large mud flats and salt marsh, sand dunes and beach. Excellent for birdwatching. Accessible on the North Berwick bus from St. Andrews Square bus station. Alight at Wooden bridge, Aberlady.
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Aberlady Bay
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Estuary area with large mud flats and salt marsh, sand dunes and beach. Excellent for birdwatching. Accessible on the North Berwick bus from St. Andrews Square bus station. Alight at Wooden bridge, Aberlady.
Braidburn Valley Park has been a public park since 1933. It is located in South Edinburgh in the Morningside/Oxgangs area. The Park is a steep grassy valley cut in two by the Braid Burn which flows north from the Pentland Hills to the Firth of Forth. The Park covers 11 hectares making it the fourth biggest Community Park in Edinburgh. In 2007, it was awarded Scotland’s first Green Flag for excellence in parks. The Park is open to the public 24 hours a day. It is popular for dog walking, informal sports and relaxing – whether it is playing hide and seek, or seeing cherry blossom from the top of a passing bus.
Braid Burn
Braidburn Valley Park has been a public park since 1933. It is located in South Edinburgh in the Morningside/Oxgangs area. The Park is a steep grassy valley cut in two by the Braid Burn which flows north from the Pentland Hills to the Firth of Forth. The Park covers 11 hectares making it the fourth biggest Community Park in Edinburgh. In 2007, it was awarded Scotland’s first Green Flag for excellence in parks. The Park is open to the public 24 hours a day. It is popular for dog walking, informal sports and relaxing – whether it is playing hide and seek, or seeing cherry blossom from the top of a passing bus.
Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s. The loch, situated on the north side of the town, was originally an artificial creation forming part of its medieval defences and made expansion northwards difficult. The water was habitually polluted from sewage draining downhill from the Old Town. In 1846 the railway was built in the valley to connect the Edinburgh-Glasgow line at Haymarket with the new northern terminus of the North British line from Berwick-upon-Tweed at Waverley Station
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Princes Street Gardens
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Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s. The loch, situated on the north side of the town, was originally an artificial creation forming part of its medieval defences and made expansion northwards difficult. The water was habitually polluted from sewage draining downhill from the Old Town. In 1846 the railway was built in the valley to connect the Edinburgh-Glasgow line at Haymarket with the new northern terminus of the North British line from Berwick-upon-Tweed at Waverley Station
A beautiful beach an hours bus ride from Edinburgh but worth the travel time.
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Gullane Beach
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A beautiful beach an hours bus ride from Edinburgh but worth the travel time.
Sightseeing
A castle built on the plug of an extinct volcano that dominates our skyline. Best seen and photographed from Princes Street.
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Edinburgh Castle
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A castle built on the plug of an extinct volcano that dominates our skyline. Best seen and photographed from Princes Street.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining. Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.
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Palace of Holyroodhouse
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining. Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.
Stunning views and a chance to see the National Monument of Scotland also known as "Edinburgh's Disgrace" - an unfinished monument dedicated to Scottish soldiers who died during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Calton Hill
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Stunning views and a chance to see the National Monument of Scotland also known as "Edinburgh's Disgrace" - an unfinished monument dedicated to Scottish soldiers who died during the Napoleonic Wars.
A must see - great for kids and adults alike. A beautiful, exotic, green space in the middle of a city.
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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A must see - great for kids and adults alike. A beautiful, exotic, green space in the middle of a city.
A view worth the walk up the hill. You can also book a visit to the Royal Observatory. Best in our winter months.
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Blackford Hill
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A view worth the walk up the hill. You can also book a visit to the Royal Observatory. Best in our winter months.
Hire a bike and follow the path! A lovely, scenic cycle (or walk). Please note that I have two folding bikes for hire at £1 per day (enough to cover the cost of a yearly service if enough guests rent them).
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Water of Leith Cyclepath
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Hire a bike and follow the path! A lovely, scenic cycle (or walk). Please note that I have two folding bikes for hire at £1 per day (enough to cover the cost of a yearly service if enough guests rent them).
Stunning architecture and newly reopened to the public. St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights chosen by The Queen.)
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St Giles' Cathedral
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Stunning architecture and newly reopened to the public. St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights chosen by The Queen.)
Rockstar North is home to the ground-breaking Grand Theft Auto series. You can not go in the building but it is a must see for any gaming enthusiast.
Barclay House
108 Holyrood Rd
Rockstar North is home to the ground-breaking Grand Theft Auto series. You can not go in the building but it is a must see for any gaming enthusiast.
Rockstar North's original home base and home to the creators of the Grand Theft Auto series.
Rockstar North
1 Greenside Row
Rockstar North's original home base and home to the creators of the Grand Theft Auto series.
Former home to The Scotsman newspaper and now a hotel.
The Scotsman Hotel
20 North Bridge
Former home to The Scotsman newspaper and now a hotel.
Worth seeing just for the horrific architecture.
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Scottish Parliament Building
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Worth seeing just for the horrific architecture.
Great for it's beach and North Berwick Law (a Hill) for it's views. The train journey here is beautiful.
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North Berwick
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Great for it's beach and North Berwick Law (a Hill) for it's views. The train journey here is beautiful.
This stunningly beautiful building is a school... The college's main building by David Bryce (built 1863-9) blends the design of a Loire château with elements of the 19th century Scottish Baronial. The war memorial, a bronze figure of a fallen officer telling his men to "carry on" is by William Birnie Rhind, 1919.
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Fettes College
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This stunningly beautiful building is a school... The college's main building by David Bryce (built 1863-9) blends the design of a Loire château with elements of the 19th century Scottish Baronial. The war memorial, a bronze figure of a fallen officer telling his men to "carry on" is by William Birnie Rhind, 1919.
Dean Village (from dene, meaning 'deep valley') is a former village immediately northwest of the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was the centre of a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.
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Dean Village
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Dean Village (from dene, meaning 'deep valley') is a former village immediately northwest of the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was the centre of a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.
Come and see the world's largest equine sculptures up close - and even go inside to marvel at the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art. The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.
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The Kelpies
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Come and see the world's largest equine sculptures up close - and even go inside to marvel at the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art. The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.
We have TWO castles!
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Craigmillar Castle
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We have TWO castles!
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Greyfriars Kirkyard
26A Candlemaker Row
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Food Scene
Restaurant by day, bar by night. A good place to try a traditional Scottish breakfast.
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The City Cafe
19 Blair St
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Restaurant by day, bar by night. A good place to try a traditional Scottish breakfast.
The Wee Boulangerie is a genuine artisan bakery in the heart of Edinburgh’s Southside. Every day they produce fresh breads, pastries and cakes.
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The Wee Boulangerie
67 Clerk St
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The Wee Boulangerie is a genuine artisan bakery in the heart of Edinburgh’s Southside. Every day they produce fresh breads, pastries and cakes.
Established Indian vegetarian dining in striking, exotic decor with buffet, thali and excellent lunch deals.
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Kalpna
2-3 St Patrick Square
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Established Indian vegetarian dining in striking, exotic decor with buffet, thali and excellent lunch deals.
Best baked potatoes in town.
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The Baked Potato Shop
56 Cockburn St
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Best baked potatoes in town.
Cakes. Lots of cakes.
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Patisserie Valerie
25 George IV Bridge
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Cakes. Lots of cakes.
Cheesecake as featured on Buzzfeed Scotland.
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Artisan Cheesecakes
104 Bruntsfield Pl
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Cheesecake as featured on Buzzfeed Scotland.
Lovely sandwiches and their raspberry brownies are delicious!
Bonningtons Eaterie
75 Clerk St
Lovely sandwiches and their raspberry brownies are delicious!
Great, traditional food like your mum makes. Their name says it all.
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Mums Great Comfort Food
4A Forrest Rd
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Great, traditional food like your mum makes. Their name says it all.
This is my go to Indian take away for when I don't want to cook.
Noor
56 South Clerk Street
This is my go to Indian take away for when I don't want to cook.
Calling this place a restaurant is a stretch but you can sit in and their burgers are delicious. Order the more traditional food from the menu and expect very large portions.
Marmaris
35 Clerk St
Calling this place a restaurant is a stretch but you can sit in and their burgers are delicious. Order the more traditional food from the menu and expect very large portions.
Time for a cheeky Nando's.
Nando's
Time for a cheeky Nando's.
Their Jack Daniels sauce is amazing. If I could order it on it's own with no food, I would.
TGI Fridays - Edinburgh Castle Street
Their Jack Daniels sauce is amazing. If I could order it on it's own with no food, I would.
Seasonal local produce served in bright, grand Georgian hall with set lunch and early dinner deals.
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Howies Restaurant
29 Waterloo Pl
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Seasonal local produce served in bright, grand Georgian hall with set lunch and early dinner deals.
Guest recommended!
Revolution
30A Chambers Street
Guest recommended!
This place has to be smelled to be believed.
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I.J Mellis Cheesemonger
30 Victoria St
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This place has to be smelled to be believed.
Multi award winning venue overlooking the Mound in Edinburgh. Comprising a whisky shop with dedicated tasting room, bar and all day dining bistro restaurant serving fresh local produce.
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Whiski Rooms
13/4 N Bank St
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Multi award winning venue overlooking the Mound in Edinburgh. Comprising a whisky shop with dedicated tasting room, bar and all day dining bistro restaurant serving fresh local produce.
Bright, bare stone decor in a relaxed bar devoted to whisky and haggis with an extensive malt list.
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Arcade Bar
48 Cockburn Street
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Bright, bare stone decor in a relaxed bar devoted to whisky and haggis with an extensive malt list.
Local "chippy" (chip shop) and restaurant. Good for trying traditional fish and chips or haggis, neeps and tatties. Gluten free menu available.
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City Restaurant
35 Nicolson Street
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Local "chippy" (chip shop) and restaurant. Good for trying traditional fish and chips or haggis, neeps and tatties. Gluten free menu available.
One of the best breakfasts in town!
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Snax Cafe
118 Buccleuch Street
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One of the best breakfasts in town!
Opens at 6.30am and the place to go for breakfast in Edinburgh.
Snax Cafe
15-17 W Register St
Opens at 6.30am and the place to go for breakfast in Edinburgh.
Run by Snax Cafe with a slightly different menu.
The Breakfast Club
119 Buccleuch St
Run by Snax Cafe with a slightly different menu.
My father's favourite restaurant! It is always busy but reservations are not always needed.
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Bar Italia
100 Lothian Rd
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My father's favourite restaurant! It is always busy but reservations are not always needed.
Tex Mex restaurant right next door to the flat. Guest recommended.
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Illegal Jack's
44-45 St Patrick Square
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Tex Mex restaurant right next door to the flat. Guest recommended.
Traditional Syrian bakery and temple to all things from baklava to falafel
Sweety House
21 Clerk St
Traditional Syrian bakery and temple to all things from baklava to falafel
From their website...Opened in 1995, The Elephant House has established itself as one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh. Made famous as the place of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Ian Rankin, author of the bestselling Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency and other series of novels, have also frequented The Elephant House, as well as many others throughout the years.
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The Elephant House
21 George IV Bridge
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From their website...Opened in 1995, The Elephant House has established itself as one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh. Made famous as the place of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Ian Rankin, author of the bestselling Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency and other series of novels, have also frequented The Elephant House, as well as many others throughout the years.
From their website...Spoon is a restaurant/bistro in Edinburgh offering fresh, wholesome, hearty food.. Filling a much needed gap between the casualness of a cafe and the formality of a restaurant. Spoon is keen to show that good food and a fine dining experience need not cost the earth. That it can be fun, casual and relaxed too. This is also where J.K. Rowling wrote the first book in the Harry Potter Series before moving on to The Elephant House.
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Spoon
6A Nicolson St
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From their website...Spoon is a restaurant/bistro in Edinburgh offering fresh, wholesome, hearty food.. Filling a much needed gap between the casualness of a cafe and the formality of a restaurant. Spoon is keen to show that good food and a fine dining experience need not cost the earth. That it can be fun, casual and relaxed too. This is also where J.K. Rowling wrote the first book in the Harry Potter Series before moving on to The Elephant House.
Scottish shortbread, made by hand every day, using the best local Scottish ingredients!
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Pinnies & Poppy Seeds
26 St Mary's St
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Scottish shortbread, made by hand every day, using the best local Scottish ingredients!
Authentic middle eastern cuisine.
Souq: Moroccan & Middle Eastern Street Food
57-59 S Clerk St
Authentic middle eastern cuisine.
Sausage rolls, cheese and onion pasties, sandwiches, scones and more. Greggs are as traditionally British as fish and chips.
Greggs
74 Nicolson St
Sausage rolls, cheese and onion pasties, sandwiches, scones and more. Greggs are as traditionally British as fish and chips.
Sausage rolls, cheese and onion pasties, sandwiches, scones and more. Greggs are as traditionally British as fish and chips.
Greggs
9 S Clerk St
Sausage rolls, cheese and onion pasties, sandwiches, scones and more. Greggs are as traditionally British as fish and chips.
Recently refurbished small Malaysian restaurant. Do not let its size fool you - the food is delicious and I highly recommend their big bowl soup.
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Kampong Ah Lee
28 Clerk Street
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Recently refurbished small Malaysian restaurant. Do not let its size fool you - the food is delicious and I highly recommend their big bowl soup.
Everything Else
Train station.
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Edinburgh Waverley
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Train station.
Bus station.
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Edinburgh Bus Station
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Bus station.
Lovely in the summer, a gathering place for people from all over Edinburgh. There is a cafe, a kids swing park and tennis courts.
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The Meadows
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Lovely in the summer, a gathering place for people from all over Edinburgh. There is a cafe, a kids swing park and tennis courts.
This is where the photos of the Highland Cows in your room came from.
Greyfriars Art Shop
1 Greyfriars
This is where the photos of the Highland Cows in your room came from.
Walk up to the roundabout with the statue in the middle, cross the road then look straight ahead. Now get your camera out. On a good, non typical Scottish day, you will get a fantastic view all the way to Fife.
Frederick Street
Walk up to the roundabout with the statue in the middle, cross the road then look straight ahead. Now get your camera out. On a good, non typical Scottish day, you will get a fantastic view all the way to Fife.
Wonderful view of the Castle.
King's Stables Road
Wonderful view of the Castle.
Drinks & Nightlife
This small bar is a favourite of mine whose customers are a wonderful mix of locals, student and tourists. I highly recommend their buffalo burgers if you are of the meat eating persuasion.
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Greenmantle Bar & Kitchen
44 W Crosscauseway
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This small bar is a favourite of mine whose customers are a wonderful mix of locals, student and tourists. I highly recommend their buffalo burgers if you are of the meat eating persuasion.
3000 person capacity live music venue.
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Edinburgh Corn Exchange
10 New Market Rd
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3000 person capacity live music venue.
Large outdoor seating area for our rare gloriously sunny days.
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The Peartree
38 W Nicolson St
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Large outdoor seating area for our rare gloriously sunny days.
Bar and live music venue.
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Bannerman's Bar
212 Cowgate
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Bar and live music venue.
Bar and live music venue.
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Whistlebinkies Live Music Bar
4-6 South Bridge
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Bar and live music venue.
The Sheep Heid Inn is a beautifully restored village pub & restaurant in Duddingston. A firm favourite among past monarchs and poets, Edinburgh's oldest surviving watering hole exudes charm and character from every nook and cranny. Soak it all up over a plate of seasonal food and a glass of what you fancy. Even the Queen and Kelly Clarkson have been known to pop in for a pint.
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The Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
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The Sheep Heid Inn is a beautifully restored village pub & restaurant in Duddingston. A firm favourite among past monarchs and poets, Edinburgh's oldest surviving watering hole exudes charm and character from every nook and cranny. Soak it all up over a plate of seasonal food and a glass of what you fancy. Even the Queen and Kelly Clarkson have been known to pop in for a pint.
From their website...As they say everything improves with age. On Edinburgh's south side, just behind the Meadows on South Clerk Street, is The Southern. With a respectful nod to all previous incarnations of this much-loved Edinburgh pub, we've taken the bits our regulars love and made them even better.Here you'll find a passionately sourced, rotating range of eclectic craft beers and ales on twenty pumps, as well as new takes on our lovingly handmade gourmet burgers.
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The Southern Bar
22-26 S Clerk St
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From their website...As they say everything improves with age. On Edinburgh's south side, just behind the Meadows on South Clerk Street, is The Southern. With a respectful nod to all previous incarnations of this much-loved Edinburgh pub, we've taken the bits our regulars love and made them even better.Here you'll find a passionately sourced, rotating range of eclectic craft beers and ales on twenty pumps, as well as new takes on our lovingly handmade gourmet burgers.
A safe and inclusive bar/restaurant which is also family friendly (during the day of course).
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Akva
129 Fountainbridge
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A safe and inclusive bar/restaurant which is also family friendly (during the day of course).
Arts & Culture
One stop shop arts hub for storytelling, exhibitions, yoga, comedy, film, theatre and more!
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Summerhall
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One stop shop arts hub for storytelling, exhibitions, yoga, comedy, film, theatre and more!
Kid and adult friendly optical illusion fun and a fantastic rooftop view of Edinburgh.
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
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Kid and adult friendly optical illusion fun and a fantastic rooftop view of Edinburgh.
You could spend all day here!
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National Museum of Scotland
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You could spend all day here!
Boutique alternative live music and club venue.
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Sneaky Pete's
73 Cowgate
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Boutique alternative live music and club venue.
900 person capacity live music venue with free live music 7 nights a week.
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Stramash Live Music Bar
207 Cowgate
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900 person capacity live music venue with free live music 7 nights a week.
600 capacity live music and club venue.
La Belle Angele
600 capacity live music and club venue.
250, at a push, capacity alternative live music and club venue. Their own description says it all. "Intimate, murky basement for live music, comedy, spoken word gigs and alternative club nights."
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Henrys Cellar Bar
16 Morrison Street
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250, at a push, capacity alternative live music and club venue. Their own description says it all. "Intimate, murky basement for live music, comedy, spoken word gigs and alternative club nights."
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
75 Belford Rd
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The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups.
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Festival Theatre
13-29 Nicolson St
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The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups.
Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity.
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Edinburgh Playhouse
18-22 Greenside Ln
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Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity.
Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography.
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City Art Centre
2 Market St
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Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography.
The Fruitmarket Gallery shows the work of some of the world’s most important Scottish and international artists and helps people engage with it in a way that is meaningful to them – for free. There is also a lovely cafe in the gallery.
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The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market St
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The Fruitmarket Gallery shows the work of some of the world’s most important Scottish and international artists and helps people engage with it in a way that is meaningful to them – for free. There is also a lovely cafe in the gallery.
Perfect for children and adults! The Museum of Childhood is a collection of children's toys and playthings, situated on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.
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Museum of Childhood
42 High St
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Perfect for children and adults! The Museum of Childhood is a collection of children's toys and playthings, situated on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.
Shopping
Expensive shopping. Also has bars, restaurants, clubs and lovely traditional architecture.
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George Street
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Expensive shopping. Also has bars, restaurants, clubs and lovely traditional architecture.
For all your vaping needs.
VPZ
73 Clerk St
For all your vaping needs.
This is where the pictures of the Highland Cows in your room came from.
Edinburgh Arts & Picture Framers
1-3 Nicolson St
This is where the pictures of the Highland Cows in your room came from.
Local antique shop.
Vintage & Reclaimed
116 Causewayside
Local antique shop.
Local antique shop.
Bodkin & Farrish
93 Causewayside
Local antique shop.
Local antique shop.
Patrick Buckley Antiques On Facebook. patrickbuckley@hotmail.com
108A Causewayside
Local antique shop.
Local antique shop.
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The Courtyard Antiques
108A Causewayside
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Local antique shop.
Local antique shop.
Allan K.L. Jackson
67 Causewayside
Local antique shop.
Independent Merchants of Beer, Wine & Spirits. Craft Beer Specialist.
Bottle Baron
60 Clerk St
Independent Merchants of Beer, Wine & Spirits. Craft Beer Specialist.
www.waverleymall.com
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Waverley Mall
3 Waverley Bridge
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www.waverleymall.com
From the Apple store to Primark (inexpensive clothes shop). All your shopping needs on a one mile street with a view of Edinburgh Castle as you shop. www.princes-street.com/shops.html
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Princes Street
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From the Apple store to Primark (inexpensive clothes shop). All your shopping needs on a one mile street with a view of Edinburgh Castle as you shop. www.princes-street.com/shops.html