Author Topic: Edinburgh  (Read 11454 times)

RJ

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2008, 01:25:53 pm »
Arthur's Seat (or Arthur's Arse, as we re-christened it).

Calton Hill

You have to visit the castle, I suppose

Walk up or down the Royal Mile - tacky gift shop city

Outside bet: get the train to North Queensferry over the Forth Bridge and walk back over the road bridge.

RZ's a little unfair.  Up/down the Royal Mile is a must - just keep your eyes above ground floor level:

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The castle is expensive to get into.  Stop on the esplanade (the big open area in front of the castle) for the view.  At the other end of the Royal Mile, a tour of the parliament is cheaper:  The Scottish Parliament: - Visiting Holyrood - Guided Tours

The Museum of Scotland is fun, even if half of it's being rennovated.  Free entry.  Your challenge:  find the secret snowman in the basement ...

Princes Street is best crossed, rather than walked along. 

North again is/are the Royal Botanic Gardens.

I like the Dean Cemetry and Dean Village.  There's a path along the Water of Leith to Stockbridge (spot the Shallow Grave exteriors).

The National Galleries of Scotland have some nice things.  There's a free bus between them.

Speaking of buses - a £2.50 "day saver" ticket on Lothian Buses is a good-value way to get around.

If you have to get a train out, I'd recommend North Berwick as opposed to Queensferry, unless windy suspension bridges full of traffic are your thing (OK, there's a wide footpath, but biking it's quicker and more fun).

There's a farmers' market every Saturday morning.  Fill up on Stoats porridge.

RB's Embra-based these days, too.

Jaded

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2008, 06:28:16 pm »
Did anyone mention Greyfriars Bobby and more importantly, Greyfriars Kirkyard (off Candlemaker Row) - the graves there are spectacular. You can then walk down to Grassmarket, and then up to the Royal Mile, up West Victoria Street

Pubs - Kay's Bar used to be well worth a visit. Map

You can go to Rebus's Oxford bar, just north of Rose Street.

For tiled/Victorin splendour, there is The Cafe Royal, at the John Lewis end of Princes St, and The Central Bar at the bottom of Leith Walk.
For dusty oddness there is The Canny Man's, Morningside Road.

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Craig

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2008, 08:22:18 pm »
For dusty oddness there is The Canny Man's, Morningside Road.
and for a proper Edinburgh welcome...

blackpuddinonnabike

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2008, 01:13:32 pm »
For dusty oddness there is The Canny Man's, Morningside Road.
and for a proper Edinburgh welcome...


Yep, The Canny Man's, just about the most unfriendly pub in the country.

The Sheep Heid in Duddingston Village is superb. And I'm not just saying that cos it's a 20 minute walk from my house...

Jaded

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2008, 01:17:41 pm »
The Sheep Heid in Duddingston Village is superb.

Ah yes.

I've been drunk in there too.  :thumbsup:
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2008, 01:24:14 pm »
Did anyone mention Greyfriars Bobby

It's a statue of a dead dog. It's really not that interesting!

The Kirkyard is lovely though. I used to eat my lunch there in summer when I worked in Victoria Street.

There are lots of ghost walks, tours of the underground parts of the city and sometimes there's a Rebus walk as well, but I don't know if that's still on. If you like zoos, Edinburgh's pretty good, the new chimp enclosure looks great and the penguins ... ah, the penguins... *little moment*
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Regulator

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2008, 01:32:54 pm »
Did anyone mention Greyfriars Bobby

It's a statue of a dead dog. It's really not that interesting!

The Kirkyard is lovely though. I used to eat my lunch there in summer when I worked in Victoria Street.

There are lots of ghost walks, tours of the underground parts of the city and sometimes there's a Rebus walk as well, but I don't know if that's still on. If you like zoos, Edinburgh's pretty good, the new chimp enclosure looks great and the penguins ... ah, the penguins... *little moment*


SOD THAT!!!  WHAT'S THE F*CKING NARWHAL ENCLOSURE LIKE??!?!?
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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2008, 01:34:24 pm »
Not done it myself, but the Mary King's Close tour is supposed to be good (and scary - its haunted apparently)....

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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2008, 01:43:44 pm »

SOD THAT!!!  WHAT'S THE F*CKING NARWHAL ENCLOSURE LIKE??!?!?

You're scaring me.






















































 :-*
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Pingu

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2008, 06:02:54 pm »
SOD THAT!!!  WHAT'S THE F*CKING NARWHAL ENCLOSURE LIKE??!?!?

It's a bit more lively than the celibate narwhal enclosure.

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2008, 09:25:50 am »
Thanks for all the advice, folks. So, who would like to suggest a pub to meet up for this Friday (21st) evening? (Caveat: we'll have no transport of our own, and are staying in one of the youth hostels (here, I think)).

 :)
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2008, 09:44:15 am »
I'd like to come and meet youse. The Pear Tree, on West Nicolson Street? If it's dry it has a lovely beer garden although we'd need to wrap up very warm. The Royal Oak on Infirmary Street? The Maltings on the Pleasance?
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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2008, 09:53:14 am »
I know nothing of these pubs, nor geography, but if they're nearby and have BEER (nice stuff), then I approve.  :thumbsup:
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #38 on: November 18, 2008, 10:04:33 am »
There aren't any narwhals.
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RJ

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #39 on: November 18, 2008, 01:59:52 pm »
I may struggle to be there in person ...

I'd like to come and meet youse. The Pear Tree, on West Nicolson Street? If it's dry it has a lovely beer garden although we'd need to wrap up very warm. The Royal Oak on Infirmary Street? The Maltings on the Pleasance?
I know nothing of these pubs, nor geography, but if they're nearby and have BEER (nice stuff), then I approve.  :thumbsup:

They're all fairly close.  I can't comment on the beer.  Sandy Bell's on Forrest Road (opposite the museum) is probably a bit small for a crowd, but ticks both Beer and Trad Music boxes.  The Guildford Arms and the Café Royal in West Register St are Proper Pubs with Good Beer and a reasonable amount of room for people.

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #40 on: November 18, 2008, 03:36:19 pm »
I'm meeting friends later but will definitely pop along for a drink before that, if we can decide on where to go!

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #41 on: November 18, 2008, 05:08:11 pm »
Will we recognise each other by our copies of Cyclecraft?
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blackpuddinonnabike

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #42 on: November 18, 2008, 05:11:32 pm »
Well if I make it I'll likely arrive by bike, if that helps. And likely only be able to stay for a couple...  :-[

(which is only really to avoid Ariadne arriving...  :P)

Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #43 on: November 18, 2008, 05:34:19 pm »
Will we recognise each other by our copies of Cyclecraft?

Tim is very clearly a CTC member these days - he has a beard! :o
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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2008, 05:35:16 pm »
I thought he looked a bit like an anarchist  ;)
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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #45 on: November 18, 2008, 05:38:09 pm »
I thought he looked a bit like an anarchist  ;)

He is not the antichrist!








He's just a very naughty boy...  ;)




Can you tell I'm bored and want to go home? ::-)
 
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Edinburgh - actual location!
« Reply #46 on: November 20, 2008, 11:16:21 am »
It would appear that I put the wrong location down: we're actually staying here. :-[

Our train gets to Edinburgh at about 3pm tomorrow, so what time would people like to be in a pub (if you fancy meeting two smelly Southern Softies, that is), and which pub would you recommend?  :)

As I said, we're just taking a long weekend to look at your Fair Citie, and do Touristy Things (such as a Pilgrimage to Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op  ;) ).

:)
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RJ

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #47 on: November 20, 2008, 11:23:35 am »
Well, still close to the Guildford Arms and Café Royal (see above) - but even closer to Joseph Pearce's which you will be able to see from the front door of your digs.

A slightly ailing child seems likely to prevent play in my case - otherwise an after work pint would have been in order.

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #48 on: November 20, 2008, 01:28:11 pm »
I can be in the pub from 6pm onwards so just let me know when and where.
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Re: Edinburgh
« Reply #49 on: November 20, 2008, 01:29:38 pm »
Joseph Pearce's is quite nice these days. I'll make it around 6pm too, and can stay for an hour or so. It'll be good to see you two again - and meet Kirst!