Edinburgh - things to do and see, great pubs and more

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by Lord Camomile, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    At 12:36 my friend and I will arrive in Edinburgh from Fort William.
    At 16:30 my friend and I will leave Edinburgh for London.

    What should we do in the intervening time?
  2. temper_tantrum

    temper_tantrum The beauty of the ride

    Go to the newly-restored National Portrait Gallery; it's awesome (and near the train station!).
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  3. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    If it's cold but sunny go to the camera obscura. It seems a bit expensive but it has other stuff in there to amuse.

    Have a white hot chocolate at chocolate soup on hunter square.

    *makes way for the list of pubs you can visit instead*
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  4. temper_tantrum

    temper_tantrum The beauty of the ride

    I love that place.
  5. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Ooh, that could be handy!

    Hmm, I do like that kinda stuff. Shall investigate!

    I assume this is a hot chocolate made using white chocolate, rather than a hot chocolate that's white hot :eek:
  6. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    The chocolate soup shop is ACE!!! Don't go in with a full stomach though!
  7. Superdupastupor

    Superdupastupor fun to funky

    it's enough time, weather permitting, to get to arthur seat, quick-march up, admire the view and have a post-summit pint.

    is chocolate soup only in Edinburgh? good place.
  8. temper_tantrum

    temper_tantrum The beauty of the ride

    I go there for breakfast porridge every time I'm in town :cool:
  9. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I think it is - They were starting to expand/franchise a few years back but had to close their other outlets when the economic downturn hit.

    However, Hunter Sq was the original and best of them - The others were very basic by comparison.
  10. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Go to Glasgow
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  11. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    DO NOT go to that Costa Coffee just off Princes Street (princes mall) like I did, it's expensive n crappy as per, but the fuckers don't even have a toilet for customers! At least McDonalds treat ya with some dignity... :mad:

    Good shout on the portrait gallery. Another possibility is to find somewhere with Innis & Gunn on tap n drink lots of that :cool:
  12. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    WTF!? I'll be visiting soon if I tell the Mr!
  13. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    Bump! I'm not interested in any touristy things, so could anyone recommend a good record shop and any pubs? For pubs I'd rather not have to go to one full of yank tourists. Ta.
  14. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    There's a few record shops about: Avalanche in the Grassmarket (focuses on scottish indie), Elvis Shakespeare on Leith Walk (2nd hand book/record shop) and backbeat records on East Crosscauseway (literally boxes and boxes of vinyl, but the guy doesn't let you rake through it - you have to ask him what you're after :D). There's also Unknown Pleasures down the bottom of the Royal Mile.

    Pubs: Halfway House right behind the train station: real ale, beardy dudes, and a faint smell of urine
    Brauhaus on Tollcross, they have abeer menu with 300 different beers or so :cool:
    The Royal Oak - old men and folk music
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  15. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    My brother works for Innis & Gunn. Free beer :cool:
  16. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    That sounds plenty, ta mate!
  17. temper_tantrum

    temper_tantrum The beauty of the ride

    Go and drink whisky in the Bow Bar on West Bow :cool:
  18. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I'm going to Edinburgh again (yay!). Any good suggestions for things to do? They need to be cheap or ideally free and child friendly. Last time I went to The National Museum of Scotland, The Poetry Library, and The Scottish Parliament which were all aces. We also went to the beach on a very hot day which was :eek: I'm a big fan of quirky cafes.

    Also, yay :)
  19. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Museum of Childhood is central and free. Dean Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are also free, and you wan walk along the water of Leith to get there which feels like you're not even in the city.

    If Forrest Café still going? That was certainly quirky, though not sure. Mosque Kitchen for lunch too.

    Someone who actually lives there will be along in a minute to give you a proper answer.
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  20. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    Get on a train at Waverley & go visit Glasgow.
  21. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    Then you'll be happy about choosing Edinburgh. Don't take kids to Glasgow..nothing but pubs, sock sellers and rangers/celtic supporters.
  22. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    There's a very quirky and child-friendly cafe on the meadows!

    Calton Hill is free with lots of odd things for the kids to gape at :)

    Museum of Childhood is a great suggestion also.
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  23. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    I second this. Very much so.
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  24. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    Mrs D is from Edinburgh, I'll ask her for some suggestions.
  25. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    The Chocolate soup cafe just off the Mile, someone(pogofish) will be able to give you the right address :) There was a science thing at the bottom of the Mile iirc but it was NOT cheap or free.
    I think bits of the Observatory are free(top of the Mile) but that might have been coz BIL worked there.

    There is a cool art museum near a river(pogofish again) Can you tell who I spent time in Edinburgh with? :D

    Fedayn will third the Mosque lunch I think. Never been myself.
  26. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    :D You are the best ever travel writer!

    Do Paris next! (There's a cool tall metal thing somewhere. Pogo might know what it's called).
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  27. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Climb Arthur's Seat and have a picnic if the weather's reasonable. (That means if there's not about three feet of snow ;).)
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  28. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

  29. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Eat claggy toffee.

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city, one of the nicest in the entire UK. It's quite pleasant just to walk around and tkae in the sights.
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  30. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

    The Mosque kitchen on West Nicholson Street is outstanding and cheaps as chips.

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