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i'm going to edinburgh for new years... what things should i see/do?
It was the best thing i saw when i went there
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..but do go to Calton Hill and Arthurs Seat.
the dungeons where shit, mary kings close is ment to be much much better, the city under the ground
but at the same time they're not great.
as far as I remember Mary Kings Close isn't that good either, it was just a lot of underground tunnels, but then again I did go when I was about 8 so there you go...
There are a few good tours of the dungeons that leave from a place called Hunter Square up on the Royal Mile. Just don't go with the one where the guides dress like goblins and 19th century lepers, unless it's, I dunno, you have kids and it's some OTT theatrical experience you're after.
camera obscura: awesome.
i went there when i was 11.
the dungeons are shite, it's literally just some drama student pretending to be a cannibal/ghost/grave-robber etc for 45 minutes, which gets a bit tiring.
go and stand up the top of the hill and you can spy on idlewild on hogmanay too..
Cambridge Bar (New Town): the best burgers in the world.
The Smoke Stack (New Town): Best steaks in town, and very good local Leeth muscles.
Jekyl and Hyde's (New Town): 7 deadly sins cocktails, and hidden toilets.
Halfway House pub (by the station): smallest pub in Edinburgh (I think), and consistently CAMRA's pub of the year.
Black Bow's (off the Royal Mile): another good booza.
As you may be able to tell......I generally go to Edinburgh to drink and eat.
and I've only heard of about one of those places...but it's ok because I'm just 17....
walked past a lot of them and not noticed what they were. the cambridge bar burgers are pretty nice.
I suppose when you're here all the time, you don't really notice what's around you.
the halfway house is in that stairway/close bit between that starts at back of the station and goes up to avalanche, the smoke stack is on broughton street, jekyll and hyde on hanover street.
the other two are the only ones that are actually a bit hidden, both are quite nice though, id recommend them...when youre of drinking age of course :)
I've probably passed most/all of these places at some point, definitely the halfway house as I've gone up and down that staircase a ton of times...
well me neither, but one day...one day!
that's a bar and i think you can take alcohol in with you
and upstairs there is lots of people playing chess
Horrible horrible city!
Edinburgh is one of the nicest cities!
But no matter how many times i go there, i feel like a tourist (and i live an hour 20 down the road). I just find it snooty and pretentious, and the shopping is pure shite. Also..., it seems that only 1 in 10 people are Scottish. I don't like that.
Glasgow is where it is at!
though most people I pass here seem to be Scottish anyway!
I suppose I wouldn't see it the same as you as I've lived here my whole life so I wouldn't feel the tourist-vibe, but I think as far as cities go it's really far from being a bad one, though I agree the shopping places aren't great.
I remember when i went to see eits there a few years ago in Edinburgh, at least the first 20 people or so in the que outside were foreign! Argh!
Yeah, i'm sure it'll be different for you since you live there, but i've never felt the way i do in Edinburgh in Glasgow. I guess it's because i've been there more...or something. (my arguement is falling apart...!).
Something i do like about Edinburgh is that it's on the east coast. The views on the train up through st andrews and to dundee/aberdeen are amazing.
I just like the way Edinburgh looks and I'm glad it's not so...mechanical/modernish looking, I just like the old Victorian buildings and the even older buildings in the old town etc.
I do, however, hate when the festival comes round and you have crowds of people taking up all the room. One year I'd like to enjoy the summer without the whole place being taken up by toursits!
We should just tell them to keep the millions of pounds they spend on 'oor nessie'.
I like Edinburgh, not that great for a night out though. I much prefer the weej.
But anywhere's better than fucking Caithness, I assure you.
but i won't be there at New Years. I'd reccomend going up Arthurs Seat (with a blanket, some wine, friends and a portable tape player) to watch the fireworks. That's pretty great.