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['Haste ye back', you can't do all this in one trip!]

 Things to see and do in The Royal Mile:

  • Take a walking tour of The Royal Mile (The Royal Mile stretches from the Castle to Palace of Holyrood House)
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle (and their tea room, sit near the windows and enjoy superb views to Princes Street)
  • Visit the historic Camera Obscura (climb right to the top to see the camera show and for panoramic views over Edinburgh)
  • Visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre (take their tour, whisky tasting is usually offered.)
  • Visit The Writer's Museum, in historic Lady Stair's House, in Lady Stair's Close. (Dedicated to the lives and work of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.)
  • Visit Gladstone's Land, 1620, (a unique portrayal of Old Town life in Edinburgh 300 years ago-look for the 'spinnet')
  • Visit The Tron (see the amazing excavations discovered comparatively recently!)
  • See John Knox House, The Netherbow. (This is Edinburgh's finest medieval house. It was home of James Mossman, Goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots. Apparently John Knox never lived here, but there is a memorial to him.)
  • Visit the Childhood Museum (see the array of old toys etc and play activities from the past. Children love this museum.)
  • Visit The People's Story, Canongate Tolbooth. (Story of ordinary people in Edinburgh from late C18th to present day. Includes some information about Cordiners)
  • Visit Clarinda's, in the Canongate, at the bottom of the Royal Mile, for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. (A delightfully quaint Scottish tea room serving old fashioned home baking at old fashioned prices!. 'Clarinda' is the affectionate name which Robert Burns gave to Agnes MacLehose, nee Craig, for whom he wrote 'Ae Fond Kiss')
  • Visit Palace of Holyrood House (The Queen's official residence in Scotland), walk around the gardens, and reflect in the ruins of the Abbey. Have lunch or a snack in the lovely courtyard tearoom.)
  • Stroll around Queen's Drive (see Arthur's Seat and the swans on St. Margaret's Loch). For the more energetic, climb to the top of Arthur's Seat/Salisbury Crags for magnificent views.

 Other things to see and do in The Old Town:

  • Wander around all the marvellous historic buildings, and explore the many Closes and Wynds.
  • Climb the steps at The Vennel, at the Grassmarket (see a section of the historic Flodden Wall .. great photo spot looking at the Castle!)
  • Spend time in the Grassmarket (shopping, having a meal or sitting outside one of the many pubs.)
  • Walk up Candlemaker's Row, and visit Greyfriar's Kirk (see statue of Greyfriar's Bobby, across the street from the entrance. Also see another section of the Flodden Wall in Greyfriar's graveyard)

 Things to see and do in The New Town:

  • Walk around areas of the New Town (admire the stately late C18th architecture).
  • Visit The Georgian House in Charlotte Square (historic reconstruction of life in Edinburgh's New Town around 1796.)
  • Walk along Princes Street, (one side has shops, the other side is the Gardens.)
  • Shop (particularly in George Street & Princes Street)
  • Visit Jenners the oldest department store in the world (stay together, its full of things to distract you and easy to get lost there! They have several tea rooms, but favourite is the fourth floor tea room, off the food court, which overlooks Princes Street and has superb views of the Castle, Scott Monument and the gardens. Try their delicious scones!)

 Other experiences in Edinburgh:

  • Visit the Royal Museum and the new Scottish Museum in Chambers Street. (Lunch at the lovely gallery tea room, visit the gift shop for quality Scottish gifts.)
  • Visit the National Gallery on The Mound and the Royal Scottish Academy (use the new underground walkway which links these together, leading into the newly remodelled areas.) Visit the lower level of the National Gallery to see the Scottish painters exhibition.
  • Go to see a ballet, a film, the opera, or a stage show, there are plenty to choose from in Edinburgh! (see our 'Before You Arrive/Trip Planning Links').
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens and enjoy wandering through their world class facilities (tea room highly recommended for great lunches and teas!)
  • Visit the Zoo (take a bus from Princes Street, its not far and children love it!)

 Eating in Edinburgh:

  • Have a french crepe hot off the cart, in the Grassmarket. (Lots of yummy varieties, sit on the seats nearby and devour them!)
  • Take a picnic into Princes Street Gardens (Relax on a seat and watch the passers-by, then wander around to see all the lovely plants, memorials and statues)
  • Try lots of cheese samples from Mellis' in Victoria Street, as well as their meats, biscuits and MacSween's haggis (take some for your picnic in the gardens!)
  • Have a coffee in The Elephant House cafe (said to be where the first Harry Potter book was written by J.K.Rowling)
  • Have a meal at a pub in the Grassmarket, eat in or sit at a table outside in fine weather
  • Visit the Farmer's Market in Castle Terrace (farm fresh Scottish produce, some sampling available, try the honeys!) Every Saturday 9am-2pm.
  • Visit the Health Food shop in Broughton Street at Tollcross
  • Try a baked potato (loaded with your favourite filling/s)
  • Buy a 'fish supper' (fish and chips)
  • Try haggis (be adventurous, its sold at fish shops, but tastes much better at Scottish restaurants traditionally served with 'neeps and tatties'-turnips & potatoes- it is served deliciously in pastry with plum sauce at Stac Polly!)

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