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queen street frederick st york place castle street hanover street charlotte sq st.andrew sq george street rose street princes street north bridge scott´s monument lothian road carnival edinburgh castle sotuh bridge royal mile george iv bridge johnston tce grassmarket cowgate content itineraries edinburgh city centre 1 10 20 26 we´re are having a barrie time eating and whisky and more what´s on tonite history and culture clubs and cinema and more galleries and tartan and more


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edinburgh is the most desirable city to live in the uk at least according to a 2009 yougov poll edinburgh came out top for its atmosphere and positive reputation we the authors of this guide can approve these results auld reekie is indeed a wonderful place to visit there s the castle the scott monument arthur s seat yes we talk about them too but beyond those mainstream sights we leave the trampled tourist paths and try to create an alternative guide to scotland s capital if you only have one or two days to stay our itineraries will help you spend them efficiently edinburgh is a rather pricy town in general but the are spots which offer cheap food clothing or other items your wallet will thank you for taking our advice then of course there s the whisky you can t leave scotland without having tasted the best brands luckily we have sorted out the the bad ones so that you don t have to finally you ll encounter people attractions and stories you won t find in any other tourist guide for edinburgh in all its grandeur is yet to be discovered your city travel review team


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in the following text we would like to suggest you three totally different options how to spend your days in charming edinburgh in the most efficient yet affordable way it is up to you to choose between a very touristy and therefore historic massive and impressive day ­ a rather alternative picturesque and unique day or a pretty artistic educating and entertaining day however in the end it needs to be said that ­ as different as they might seem ­ each day in some way includes all the above mentioned adjectives itineraries in scotland´s varied and inspiring capital ­ edinburgh creativity and individuality is written in rather big letters maybe that is why became known for famous writers like sir walter scott and robert louis stevenson artists philosophers like david hume scientists and economics like adam smith exploring edinburgh´s old and new town includes a lot of walking but thanks to closes wynds and significant historic buildings a walk is not just a walk ­ it is rather an experience and discovery you soon feel at home and protected in this friendly and curious area however public transportation is more than unnecessary to discover this place which seems to be neither a town nor a city ­ but this exactly is what creates edinburgh´s unique character although it kept its small familiar flair and although this is the place where all the traditional tiny specialized shops and their chatty salesperson still exist it offers everything a human´s city heart might desire as well it is now your time to be an explorer and to discover edinburgh on your own inspired by our itineraries have fun 1


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to start this extraordinary day you climb up the four floors of the scott´s monument which is situated in the heart of princes street hopefully it is a sunny day so that you have a clear overallview of edinburgh in its full pride ­ the monument´s four different viewpoints serve you with exclusive and accurate windy views to the north sea up princes street down princes street with carlton hill the balmoral hotel´s big ben ­ like clock in the background and of course an excellent view of the old town and its castle due to the fact that there are two other excellent viewpoints like carlton hill and arthur´s seat ­ which are by the way for free ­ you might not want to spend £3 on scott´s monument nevertheless it is higly recommended unless you are either afraid of heights fat or claustrophobic however if you like cosy dark spiral stair cases that lead you up the way ­ and force you to squeeze yourself past the descending strangers ­ it is worth the unique view after getting the first impr ession of th the royal m e day from ile ­ approx above you ne imately a m one and on ed to head ile long part ly pedestrian to ly still pretty zone in edin tartans scot royal and th burgh for tish scarves e those of yo kilts shortbr used by tour u who are in ead or othe ist as souven to r scottish sp irs for the lo paradise in ecialities ved ones w cluding high ho stayed at class cashm buy ordinary home this ere shops as touristy thin is well as afford gs for the rest able shops to of you it mig ht be satisfyi guess abou ng enough t the other´ to go in one s supply an tourist ther d move on of the stores efore you pa to fulfill thei ss the hea front of the r task as a rt of midlo church and proper thian to yo spit right in the only plac ur left righ the middle of e in scotlan afterw t in it indeed th d where you a is probably are asked to donke rds the ne is spit in public xt att y ridin ractio but u g a ho n wait nfortu rse ­ s nately actua in the lly this just aroun th p dt inbetw ast so tha ere were is the m t it no statue he corner een lo ­a w loo ade some ts of p of an ks a b a arking it disp rchitectica admiral spots l mist laced akes and is banis hed 3


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as you are already next to the church it is worth paying attention to it and to go in for a few minutes and ­ hopefully on a sunny day ­ to watch the reflections of the imressive stained glass windows however the most important information about the royal mile is that it connects the edinburgh castle in the north with the holyrood palace and the new controversial scotish parliament in the south surely there are some people who like to see the castle from inside ­ who like to see the room where mary queen of scots gave birth to her son james the future king of scotland and england ­ who like to see the stone of destiny as well as the scottish crown jewels called the honours of scotland nevertheless this takes about 2 hours so that probably some of you are satisfied with a picture of each on a flyer and spend their time in a maybe more fun and exciting place ­ the camera obscura right below the castle as the touristy day moves on you will surely unsurprisingly feel the need the royal mile to get somethi offers you a w dinner and of ng to eat ide variety of pl course beer or aces to have lu whisky so ther and less known nch coffee e are lots of tr as well as smal aditional pubs ler sandwich sh cused coffee sh inexpensive ops offering go ops which offe od food youngr you soups-of starbucks and people fo-the-day as w subway all in ell as maintream all you indeed lunchbreak ho shops like have more than wever as we ar one option to e on our tourist scottish haggi spend your ic route its appr s with neeps an opriate to have d tatties in one cal is having fa a propper of the local pu st food á la sc bs cheaper bu otland deep fri t still typied fish&chips after having lunch it is time to take a walk to the graveyard why go to a graveyard you might wonder but this is not just any graveyard it is the graveyard the graveyard where you can find the most haunted mausoleum in edinburgh and even more important the graveyard including greyfriar bobby´s grave the grave itself is worshipped with a few pale-coloured plastic flowers and rain-soaked cuddle toys you might not have heard of bobby the terrier who after the death of his owner used to come to his grave for the rest of his live 14 years to still take care of him just around the corner edinburgh dedicated bobby a statue which now ist the most photographed statue in edinburgh ­ so feel free to unpack you camera and take the 100.000th bobby-picture to update your photogallery 4


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regardless of any age you surely have heard of j.k.rowling the author of harry potter if you go down southbridge it is hard to miss the red building to your left called the elephant house which is the place where rowling got inspired to write her stories about young wizards attending school in an old mysterious castle called hogwarts that is why this café is also called the birthplace of harry potter hopefully this sounds interesting enough to you to go in you might wonder why elephants inspired today´s second richest woman in scotland on a list right below the queen to write such an anti-elephanitc story that is because it was not the cafe´s ­ still present elephants that inspired her but the unique undisturbed and incredible viewpoint of the castle situated on the remnants of a volcano formed 340 milllion years ago this looks impressively dangerous but still secure with the graveyard in front of it ­ leading the observers view up the hill after this impressive break it is hard to be surprised by anythin g more t of the picturesque neverth stepping ou eless you should give it a try and therefore visit the you building national gallery of scotland which is on princes street gallery´s ­ near the fall out scott´s monument depending on how interested you are in scotland´s will literaryly erman pretigious national collection including european art from the 16th until into the g market 19th centuries and early italian and dutch paintings up to 1530 this christmas mes you tour takes from half an hour to 2 hours if your feet already hurt and which welco warming you feel the need to sit down you can also use the it-gallery and exwith a hot plore the collections using a new modern and innovative touch-screen crepes cho computer glühwein ples ap laced colate-g the chances of taking your tourist tour on a tuesday are approximately 1 to balls and or marzipan 7 if it is a tuesday you should end the day with a ceileidh dance course toes ­ just at grass market accompanied by live folkmusic including a fiddle drums grilled pota as christm and surely an accordeon this is an introduction into the scottish folkdance as a good ee to mostly attended by groups couples friends singles and above all tourists as ld do feel fr shou well as locals especially if you forgot to bring a partner along with you the ild in you satisfy the ch old renovated church crowded with people of the average age of 23 might of on one in the beginning rather evokes the impression of a singlemarket or speed with a ride marythe dating however there are lots of group dances that get even the stiffest and the horses of most moody person to laugh dance clap their hands be happy and forget nquer o-round or co g all their doubts of dancing in front of strangers ­ because actually you dance your fear with them moreover it is not the normal traditional standard dance or disco hights -ofdance which you might imagine it is much more a running interaction and circling each other around with the purpose to shout out loud full of happiin a ness and to have a jolly-good time and beyond any doubt it is hardly that ride easy to laugh and have a good time with a lot of open-minded people in a e in th good mood and if you still not feel the need to dance ­ you can also just sit ferris down have a beer watch from the first floor and reflect the day gt 5 wheel.


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alternative itinerary this is the day to enjoy breathtaking views and to walk the hidden path in order to explore unique places start your day with a typical scottish breakfast which usualy includes toast an egg sausage beans and black pudding just so that it is not mistaken with tasty chocolate pudding better described as blood-sausage mostly it is called among tourists hangover-breakfast the fact that the scotsman likes to eat this kind of breakfast quite often leaves no doubt why scotland is the the number one on the list of the country with the highest rate of heart-attacks a pretty good place to have breakfast would be the mitre which is a huge pub on royal mile where breakfast starts at £4,50 but there are several other places to get traditional breakfast on the royal mile as well such as the crag and tail this is a more modern plain styled restaurant where breakfast starts at £5,95 after having such a filling breakfast it is a good idea to go for a nice walk which leads you down royal mile along the new scottish parliament established in 2001 and the holyrood palace opposite to it your walk takes you further to arthur´s seat ­ the hill which is so close to town but whose nature still preserves such a lovely mystical and magical atmosphere as if wandering around the hobbit´s landscape the further you go the longer steeper and more exhausting gets the hill ­ but keeping in mind the reward of the view you are going to get it is absolutely worth the effort after this succesful hike you are allowed to proudly rest on top of arthur´s seat and to take a few or maybe a lot of pictures 6


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as usually going down a hill is much easier and faster you soon arrive at the end of royal mile again do you have the flavour of warm creamy and homemade soup tasty like your mother used to cook it for you in mind this means it is time to head to delightful hula at grassmarket in a warm orange-toned atmosphere they welcome you with warming homemade food such as bagels or soups for the ones who instead feel the need to be spoilt with a hot chocolate or a strong whiskey the grassmarket offers a variety of inexpensive cosy pubs you might have already noticed that grassmarket looks a bit different compared to all the other places edinburgh offered you so far congratulations you just discovered one of scotland´s most exciting and unique area surrounded by victoria street once edinburgh´s most illegal area cowgate and candlemaker row and its well preserved architecture from 1700 this area leaves you stunned by an occasionally creepy weird and alternative selection of shops here in he heart of the old town vintage shops like armstrong having celebrity fans like kaiser chiefs and franz ferdinand are nestled next to joke shops exclusive scottish design shops gothic and corset as well as hat specialists trendy shops as well as old-fashioned or science fiction oriented book stores and comic stores 7


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to move on with this impressive day a visit to the dean gallery or the gallery of modern art right next to it would be appropriate despite the galleries themselves which are on belford road the walk to get there is pretty amazing too first of all you get a pretty good impression of edinburgh´s less touristy area and maybe get inspired by some cafés or pubs you pass secondly walking along feels like being one of the students you pass on your way ­ going home to your cosy apartment on the third floor with its beautiful view of the park right behind the house why not fantasise how the flat right below the roof of the house with these many lovely chimneys looks like how would it be to live in there it is now time to lay back entirely relaxed and carefree while nipping on a warming cup of hot chocolate urbanangel café offers everyone his own private spacewhether you want to read chat or just have a second on your own to feel like an angel in a modern clean and sober yet lovely heartwarming atmosphere not to forget that this is the place to get the best chocolate brownies in town to end this day you could attend a pubquiz which is pretty famous among the local people and is usually held by different pubs on a fixed day of the week on monday´s for instance the bailies is full of young curious locals who hope to be able to answer the quizmaster´s questions on anything from celebrities to politics and geography while enjoying good company and a few beers surely you sometimes just have to guess the answer therefore you can get extrapoints for extraordinarily funny answers feel free so shout and cheer like a real scotsman gt


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the s ar orth ty ra tine i ry art galleries in the dundas street start your day with several small and different art collections all side by side mc naughton´s book shop on leith walk find some old beautiful books here for 2nd hand prices enjoy the view and relax calton hill filmhouse on lothian road go for a film in this unique independent cinema the bowery on roxborrow place listen to live music and have a beer in the evening.


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eating and drinking in the land of the brave scotland s cuisine is not really known as a gourmet s cuisine due to limited sunshine and a lot of wind and rain during the year there is not a wide range of native products growing naturally in scotland root crops such as carrots or potatoes are plentiful whereas fruits and other types of vegetables are largely imported from countries with a warmer climate after having spent three weeks in scotland just eating traditional food you may put on some weight nevertheless some scottish food is better than its reputation what scotsmen eat for breakfast scots don t shirk breakfast traditional breakfast includes of course porridge this mixture of oats and water can be delicious if you are a fan of gruel in fact porridge was the main diet for generations of scots in former times traditionalists of the older generation swear that the only way to eat it is just with water and a dash of salt nowadays it is mostly mixed with cream fruit butter or even whisky to give it a hint of the exotic people visiting scotland for the first time are generally amazed by cooked breakfast but it is not popular with everyone if you enjoy a traditional breakfast you have to make your way through the mixture of egg sausage bacon chips toast mushrooms baked beans and black pudding in contrast to this if you are into common continental breakfast you will also find this anywhere what to eat for a quick lunch after having a rich breakfast you may not feel like having lunch nevertheless if you are in the mood of eating further there are a lot of nice pubs and restaurants to pop in lunch tends to be taken quickly or on the hop for lunch people mainly have a snack like a soup a pie or a sandwich going out for dinner being surrounded by so many deep oceans fish still make up an important part of the scottish food in scotland they have a variety of excellent native fish such as smoked salmon herring and haddock venison and deer are popular with gourmets too available all year venison has a strong distinctive taste there is plenty of wild game to choose from such as rabbit duck partridge or pigeon people focus much more on dinner than on lunch as dinner is the actual main meal of the day 11


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fish and chips fish and chips is a popular take-away food in scotland therefore you definitely have to try it once it consists of deep-fried fish traditionally cod haddock or flounder in batter or bread crumbs with deep-fried chipped potatoes scottish dessert it seems that scottish people have a sweet tooth because there are a lot of delicious but extremely sweet desserts the most famous one is probably fudge a small toffee bar similar to caramel mainly made of sugar and butter after a visit in the fudge house you get a sugar shock for sure if you are into sweet staff you will be satisfied with having some cheesecake dundee cake shortbread or doughnut there is enough for everyone pies pies are simply pieces of meat in gravy encased with crusty pastry these pies are filled with minced meat and onions often the meat is replaced by innards according to the tradition mutton meat is used but nowadays beef is more commonly used there are different types of pies such as fish pie chicken pie mince pie or steak pie if you visit edinburgh try these typical scottish dishes haggis with tatties and neeps haggis is scotland s national dish it even comes up first in people s minds when they think about scotland in the distant past when times were hard haggis was a creative way of using up what is left over it is offal with oats spices and pepper ingredients are stuffed into a sheep s stomach to be baked and served up with tatties and neeps despite the fact that this all sounds awful haggis is surprisingly tasty as scottish people more and more have become vegetarians they have invented vegetarian haggis it is a popular alternative to the old blood and guts way 12



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