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Aberlady1 Kirkliston 1
Annan1 Linlithgow6
Biggar1 Livingston12
Bo ness2 Longniddry3
Broxburn4 Melrose1
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dunbar4 Peebles2
Duns1 Penicuik3
Earlston1 Ratho1
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eyemouth1 Selkirk3
falkirk1 Tranent3
Galashiels4 Uphall Station1
Haddington1 West Calder1
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Edited by: stagman on 19.06.2008
Last postings about Scotland - Lothian, Borders and Edinburgh United Kingdom from other users
 
scottishcastle wrote:

Edinburgh is just an adorable and amazing city, you'll love it!


valsamina wrote:

Go to wwww.visitscotland.com and figure out what you want to see!


michael_a wrote:

I am awya - Anyway, I hope you have a great time in Edinburgh - it's a beautiful city with lots to do. Anyway, you'd probably appreciate a tip or two ... yet - where do I start? First the top tips: - Walk along Leith Water: It's amazing what 'wilderness' what can hide in a city - Check out the botanical garden. Excellent place to stroll on a sunny day - Have a drink at the Standing Order on George St (huge and VERY affordable pub) - Also have a drink at The Oxford Bar http://www.oxfordbar.com/ and perhaps Mather's in West End or at the top of Broughton St (you can get deep fried Mars bars next door)... Now to the more detailed (including additional detail on some of the above): Well, if you're into castles then Scotland is the right place for you - possibly more castles per capita than any other nation on earth. The organisations looking after the majority of those which have public access is Historic Scotland, a quango. This includes the two biggest, and arguably most important to Scottish history: The castles in Edinburgh and Stirling. However, it's not cheap to visit either so it is well worth having a look @ their Explorer ticket (you can learn all about this in any of the Historic Scotland offices - at the entrance of the castles they own). Also - lots of castles are in individual ownership, others by clans, such as Dunvegan Castle - home of the MacCleods of MacCleod. Also, the Crown has a number of Scottish castles such as Holyrood House and Balmoral. So ... they charge differently. You'll find that long-distance public transport isn't up to much compared to continental Europe, so hitchkiking is a good plan - The train link between Edinburgh and Glasgow which is regular and reasonably fast is quite good though - only problem is expense. Travel after 9:30 for cheaper fares - or use The Big Bus if it is still running (you can probably find it on the net using google) - they used to have return fares for £2. The buses in Edinburgh itself also run well and are reasonably cheap (correct change required). 'First' buses tend to have friendlier drivers than 'Lothian' (handy if you want guidance ...). If you're like me then you like a beer and for that you'll need a watering hole - In both Edinburgh and Glasgow you can find a branch of JD Wetherspoons - a pub company that specialises in buying up old bank branches and converting them to super-sized drinking havens. Not as good as a real 'local' but a winner on quality and price. http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk - Other cheap drinking places include The Subway West End (an experience in itself - tacky nightclub that gets going already at 6pm on a Friday - £1 drink specials). - When you need to treat yourself to a restaurant meal that is affordable, check out the offers on http://5pm.co.uk/ - For Haggis, try Howies - http://www.howies.uk.com/ - who should have it on the menu. Cheapest tables available through 5pm.co.uk as above. - Also, deep fried Mars bars (!) are available from the chippy (Piccante) at the top of Broughton Street. http://lifestyle.scotsman.com/foodanddrink/headlines_specific.cfm?articleid=7750 - Check out The Oxford bar if you like Ian Rankin's murder mysteries (set in and around this nice little local on a street parallel to George Street). Also, try 'The Canny Man' (quite a walk there but worth it despite the cost just for the eclectic interior). If you're foodies like me then ... you'll want to visit Valvona & Crolla (top deli - expensive but nice stuff): http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/ and also http://www.peckhams.co.uk/ and last but not least, the Ian Mellis cheesemongers. Last but not least - also have a look at http://www.globalfreeloaders.com - might be accommodation options there as well. Reading material can be found in numerous antiquarian bookshops (greatest concentration is on the road between Fountainbridge and Grassmarket (which, incidentally is a nice place for a summer sun pint - The 'Literary Walk' also starts from there. Worth it). Also, try the many many charity shops on Nicolson Street (near the Tesco supermarket). Or, see if somebody has 'released' a book for the taking: http://www.bookcrossing.com/hunt


grupciu wrote:

- enjoy the views of the city from the volcanic mountain Arthur's seat - visit to Royal residences on one street ( the Castle and Queen's Scottish residence) - try local specialties- whiskey, haggis



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