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Heartstart Sat 15-Sep-12 23:30:34

We're off to Edinburgh for half term. We have rented an apartment on Grassmarket. It will be me, DH and DS (8). We will got castle and zoo what else should we do

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:33:35

Camera Obscura.
The Real Mary King's Close.
Climb Arthurs Seat.
Dynamic Earth.

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:34:16

I live just outside Edinburgh now, but did live there for 12 years. smile

FIFIBEBE Sat 15-Sep-12 23:34:21

Walk up Arthur's Seat.

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:40:22

Miss out the castle. I mean...walk up to it and look at it and everything, but don't pay to get in.
It's a military museum and is dull.

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Sep-12 23:41:24

The Botanical Gardens are pretty.

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:42:01

The botanic gardens are lovely.

MirandaWest Sat 15-Sep-12 23:42:20

DC and I enjoyed the National Museum of Scotland. Good views from the roof garden on the 7th floor as well.

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:43:36

Go to The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street for your lunch one day. It's the best baked potato shop in the world.

amck5700 Sat 15-Sep-12 23:49:46

The Royal Yacht, take a bus to Portobello beach, there is a dry ski slope at hillend, there might be some ice hockey on at murrayfield ice rink, or there may be rugby on, or a football game.

you could climb the Scott Monument too.

The buses in Edinburgh are great - don't know why they spent all that money on the bloody tram system that is still a mess!!

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:51:57

neither do I!
It's been going on for years now - and the proposed route follows the same one as the 22 bus...which is every 15 minutes throughout the day. confused

It's for the tourists though.

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:55:31

Walk down Leith Walk from top to bottom and marvel at the changing scenery and atmosphere as you travel down.

It starts off all very naice, and ends up as the genuine setting of an Irvine Welsh novel. The buildings get shabbier, the people uglier, and the shops dodgier the further down you go.

Having said that...I always stayed in Leith and still miss it.

amck5700 Sat 15-Sep-12 23:55:34

yup - i don't live in Edinburgh anymore but my mum lives on the 22 route - guess trams must be posher than buses?!

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:56:22

Indeed they are. They're terribly euro and cosmo you know.

amck5700 Sat 15-Sep-12 23:57:39

lol - surprised they don't route them through Morningside then smile

amck5700 Sat 15-Sep-12 23:59:05

Does the 32 bus still do a complete circuit of the city? That might be "interesting" lol

pictish Sat 15-Sep-12 23:59:51

They need to get them to Queenie's yacht, down at Ocean Terminal, and back along to the airport. wink

pictish Sun 16-Sep-12 00:01:19

The 32 must be one of the few buses I've never been on!

OrangeLily Sun 16-Sep-12 00:03:28

Camera Obscura will be ace for kids and is really near the grassmarket, straight up the steps and it's next to the castle.

There's a kids section in the National Museum on Chambers street, again just up from the grassmarket.

To get there you'll need to go past the Greyfriar's Bobby statue and Greyfriar's Kirk.

A few doors up from that is the Elephant House coffee store where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book.

Commonwealth pool is open again for swimming if it's a really wet holiday!

Number 2 bus goes through the grassmarket to Commonwealth pool.

howcomes Sun 16-Sep-12 00:05:38

If you are there on a Saturday go to the farmers Market they have lots of good brunch options including hog roast - apologies if you're a vegetarian! It's held up on castle terrace just a 10 min walk from the grassmarket.
The museum if childhood on the royal mile is interesting too. Bring comfortable shoes as Edinburgh is a series of steep climbs!

scottishmummy Sun 16-Sep-12 00:07:45

botanics
dynamic earth
museum childhood
portobello

amck5700 Sun 16-Sep-12 00:08:01

......and it is pretty much always windy in Edinburgh - especially of you go to the beach or harbour so take something waterproof/windproof smile

OrangeLily Sun 16-Sep-12 00:08:39

If you're in to hog roasts there is a permanent place just off the grassmarket called Oink that has a hog roast in the window all the time. On Victoria st.

If you are going to the zoo, I believe you have to book a slot to see the Pandas?

amck5700 Sun 16-Sep-12 00:10:01

I'd do the National museum in 2 trips as there is a lot to see but it can get too much for one visit - it's free so not like you would feel that you need to do it all in one go.

redpanda13 Sun 16-Sep-12 00:11:34

The Museum of Childhood
Dynamic Earth

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