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Edinburgh in General
Edinburgh in General
Date: 24/06/00, updated on 14/11/03 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Scenery, interesting people, good shopping
Disadvantages: The locals aren't the friendliest.
In Glasgow, people rip Edinburgers for being mean and unfriendly. And if you're in Edinburgh City, you're bound to meet one or two people who fit the description. However, leaving the people aside for the moment, let's talk about what's on offer to visitors.
Princes street offers a huge range of shops, restaurants and bars, but for cheaper options, cross one of the bridges, and browse the streets just off the Royal Mile. Booklovers should be sure to make a stop at the immensely fabulous, and simply immense, James Thins bookstore on the South Bridge.
When shopping in Ednburgh, there's something to suit everyone, as long as you don't mind spending an age walking the picturesque streets, to get from one shop to the next. Beware of prices soaring in shops aimed specifically at tourists. Start your shopping trip in the Waverly centre, just outside the railway station - you'll also find Tourist information here, who will find you somewhere to stay.
If you're travelling on a budget, ask a taxi driver to take you to a cheap B&B - you'll get a better deal than the TI will give you. There are several hostels in the centre of town, but you'll almost certainly have to book in advance, and although they are clean and friendly, you'll pay dearly for the service. B&Bs are often the cheaper option, especially if they include breakfast.
Edinburgh castle makes a good day out - it's pricey, but if you like that sort of thing you could spend a good few hours in there. Go for the headphones, rather than the tour guide. You can go at your own pace, and repeat things that way.
There are tons of exhibitions, galleries, street performers and tourist walks in Edinburgh - but the best time to go is during the Festival. There's an abundance of interesting talented people around, and no end of things to do.
If you miss the Edniburgh festival, never fear, you will never be stuck for entert
ainment. I recommend a visit to the Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile, where you can catch a bird's eye view of the city, naked rooftop sunbathes and all...
Whenever you visit Edinburgh, make sure you go on a Ghost tour. There are about 6 different companies, and they're all much the same, to be honest. Mercat Tours are probably the most well established. They take you into the underground city, which is really spooky, especially at night. Brilliant fun and good value for money. You'll find the ghost tour meeting places on the Royal Mile.
Clubbing in Edinburgh is one of the required things to do. There are all sorts of different styles of club. Ask around to find out what clubnights will suit you best.
Okay back to the main problem with Edinburgh. Maybe I'm biased, being a devout weedgie, but the warmth of welcome to visiors just doesn't come willingly from Edinburgers.
Saying that, if you can find one among the hundreds of tourists in Edinburgh, as well as people who have visited, and ended up staying there, then you're just unlucky.
Don't let the hospitality put you off - Edinburgh offers some beautiful scenery, as well as loads to see and do.