Things to do in Edinburgh

by Richard on November 26, 2008

Things to do in London is not enough for some people. So — does anyone have any suggestions for Edinburgh?

I haven’t been in the Scottish capital for some years. The camera obscura was good, I remember. And the castle, of course. Oh, and Thunderbird 3 is there. But if I was going to Scotland, I’d want to push on to the Highlands and I don’t think there’s time for that.

Now if DH came to Chester, the lovely mountains of Snowdonia are only an hour away….

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Tony Buglass 11.26.08 at 10:22 am

The zoo. The castle. Princes Street. Arthur’s Seat. Just have a wander around some wonderful Georgian streets. Find a pub and ask which single malts they recommend. Give yourself plenty of time…


Toby 11.26.08 at 11:54 am

Tony B has beaten me to some of the good suggestions. If you’re fit and the weather is OK* then Arthurs Seat is a great way to see the whole of the city for free. From there you can walk down to Holyrood, which puts you at the foot of the Royal Mile.

The castle also offers great views but it pricey and can be very busy. The Scott monument is an often overlooked gem in the centre of town, but not for the broad of shoulder as the stairs are very tight at the top.

The Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is one of my favourite places in the city, and its free. From there you can wander down to the Meadows if the weather is nice. (You’ll notice I mention weather a lot - it can change quickly).

If you’re into art then the National Gallery of Scotland is good, and if you’re a little adventurous take the bus out to the Modern Art Gallery, which is in a lovely setting even if you hate the art.

There are some good walking tours that give a quick overview of the history. Holyrood Palace is good if you like royalty. The Royal Mile, despite all the tat, is worth the walk.


*The only time in my adult life I have ever been literally soaked to the skin by just weather was on Arthur’s Seat on an otherwise cloudless summers day. Be warned.


dh 11.26.08 at 3:15 pm

Toby and Tony, thanks for the suggestions. It is totally cool.

Toby, my wife and I are going in late May. Is that a good time to go to the British Isle’s? Is another time better for the weather that is still rather affordable?

Arthur’s seat and the Thunderbird 3 both sound great. Thanks Richard. :)


Richard 11.26.08 at 4:21 pm

>> Is another time better for the weather…

There’s no predicting that, DH. Sorry.


Tony Buglass 11.26.08 at 4:37 pm

You need a particularly finely tuned gift of prophecy for British weather! May can be absolutely wonderful, bright, soft sunbathing weather - but one year I planted a whole load of seedlings the last weekend in May, only to see the wind turn to the northeast, and see the whole lot shrivel in three days! We were on the North Sea coast, which didn’t help…

Only advice we can give you - come prepared for anything!


dh 11.26.08 at 4:46 pm

I know there is no predicting it. As long as it is not cold. I can handle a little bit of rain but cold is another. It would seem the chance of late May cold weather is a lower than earlier months. We’ll see. I know the whole clouds could rain bown buckets in the Isle’s. Hopefully what Tony says about May (other than the wind) comes true but like Richard says predicting Isle weather is impossible. :)


Toby 11.29.08 at 12:53 pm

May is usually a pretty good time for Edinburgh, but with the usual caveats. It will be warm but not hot, usually more sunny than cloudy and good for being out and about. But there can still be cold winds of the North Sea.



dh 12.01.08 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for the info Toby, It seems for the money May is the best. June would be better but man it costs so much to go at that time. :)

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