Reader Tips Contest: Edinburgh, Scotland

October 27, 2008

in Contest, Europe, Reader Tips, Travel, United Kingdom

For the price of a €10 RyanAir airfare (round-trip), I’m headed to Edinburgh in mid-November (because who doesn’t like traveling when it’s dark and cold?!).

I turn to you again, my wise and fearless readers, for your no-budget travel advice. I’ve got 4.5 days and 5 nights in Scotland, flying in and out of EDI. Know where to get the best pub food or — God forbid — haggis in the city? Visited a must-see exhibition on right now? Recommend heading to Glasgow instead and have a great deal on train or bus travel around the country? I’d love to hear it all!

Your wisdom can earn you a modest prize in this absolutely subjective contest if I deem your advice the best. Enter by leaving your comments below.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 G 10.27.08 at 10:05 pm

I climbed Arthur’s Mt. (a hill in the center of the city) and I really enjoyed it.

2 Ashli 10.27.08 at 10:20 pm

To find out what’s on in Edinburgh, I like these sites: or

Two great lunch places off the Royal Mile are the Tempting Tattie (3.50 for a massive potato with tons of filling) and Little Inn (2.60 for a fantastic sandwich or panini). Petit Paris in Grassmarket has a great pre-fix menu between 5-7pm. For 9.90 you can have an appetizer, main, and cup of coffee or tea. Mussel Inn on Rose Street is very good and has fresh mussels by the kilo.

You could also take a walk on the Water of Leith from Murrayfield to Stockbridge. Take the 12, 26, or 31 bus from city centre and get off at Murrayfield. Follow the Water of Leith signs. If the weather is decent, it’s a very pleasant walk along a stream that runs through the city. The area is mainly residential and has tons of character. Once in Stockbridge, you could stop off for a drink at the Stockbridge Tap, Hectors, or Hamiltons. That area should be fun to explore.

I also have enjoyed visiting all the free museums in Scotland. My favorite is the National Gallery of Art. I’m not too impressed with the Museum of Modern Art. However, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery (on Queen Street) both have great cafes.

If you’re interested in day trips, head to Stirling or St. Andrews (Leuchars train station).

Have fun!

3 Jan Ruskell 10.29.08 at 8:29 pm

Go to the writer’s museum in Edinburgh. The Burrell
Collection in Glasgow is great and has a cafe. Eat
at the Willow Tea Room. You can get a train/ferry
trip to the Isle of Aran. They have public buses that
go around the island. It is like a minature Scotland.
Have fun.

4 J 11.04.08 at 11:07 pm

I second the recommendation to visit the Arthur’s Peak.

I would also suggest using the bathroom in the National Gallery of Art as it is exquisitely done and you don’t have to pay a pence to get into the museum or the bathroom.

I believe there’s an orchestra hall just south of the Castle, perhaps on Grassmarket. I attended a show and it was fantastic for the music, the seating, and the interiorarchitecture of this place. I paid something like five pounds in attend the show back in 2003.

There’s a church by the name of Tron Kirk. It looks like a church, but it’s a small urban archaeology museum. It’s very interesting.

I’d stroll along the streets below the upper layer of streets. I’m referring to streets like Cowgate in the Old Town.

If you were to visit Glasgow, I’d visit its The Tenement House, which is a small museum that shows you the way Glaswegians once lived, in tenements that is. I’d also visit the Museum of Religion and its nearby necropolis. The Kelvingrove Park is quite scenic too.

5 Barbara Weibel 11.05.08 at 4:57 am

Found your blog while doing a search for Edinburgh, since that will most likely be my next trip ( I have a Yoga buddy there who has actually offered to put me up for free). I’m a woman who travels solo – last year I backpacked around the world for 6 months. I’m definitely going to check out the writer’s museum recommended in one of the comments. Love your blog and will be back often. Hope you’ll check mine out as well: Keep traveling and writing!

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