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Help me plan a summer long weekend -Edinburgh or Glasgow?

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SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 20:06:47

Haven't been to Scotland since I was a baby. It would be in the summer, either half term or summer holidays, for a long weekend. Me, DP and DS (7).

Which should go for? Where can I stay that's cheap? What should we see?

Thank you very much for any advice!

PrimalLass Mon 19-Jan-15 20:10:29

Edinburgh in August. Very, very busy because the festival is on, but that means there is so much to see. But book now!

KissMyFatArse Mon 19-Jan-15 20:11:11

Id suggest glasgow, only because I live here and am biased to the the areasmile

Has the science centre for kids, glasgow has millions of good places to eat, lots of parks, George square etc, there's the IMAX also. Strathclyde park and m&ds x

PrimalLass Mon 19-Jan-15 20:11:40

Try AirBbB. Or look at the Holyrood Aparthotel - quite cheap I think and there are 2-bed apartments.

Figster Mon 19-Jan-15 20:11:56

Depends what you want i prefer Glasgow for shopping but Edinburgh for sightseeing.

PrimalLass Mon 19-Jan-15 20:12:08

Love Glasgow too smile

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 20:14:48

Sightseeing, we live in London, you can have too much bloody shopping!

Just want to see a bit of Scotland- as much as is possible in a few days! I know that's not enough time but I am ridiculously excited about itgrin

RumAppleGinger Mon 19-Jan-15 20:16:20

Edinburgh in August is amazing, I'm one of the few locals who adore the many festivals and do as much as possible. It's the only time of year I miss living in the city centre.

As PP says if you plump for Edinburgh book now. Things fill up quickly.

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 22:17:19

Ok, leaning towards Edinburgh based on these replies.

Youre not wrong about getting a room-the holyrood is already fully booked! And premier inn is £500+ for three nights shock

It's too expensive! Bugger!

evelynj Mon 19-Jan-15 22:21:16

I'm going to Edinburgh for the first time next weekend. Any recs on where to eat, not too dear?!

I really want to go to Glasgow too though ;)

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 22:24:36

Where are you planning on staying Evelyn?

Sunbeam18 Mon 19-Jan-15 22:32:02

Hi, I live in Edinburgh. You should try guesthouses or look for a short let during the Festival. Try googling Edinburgh Festival Accomodation, there are websites devoted to it. Quite a lot of people rent out their flat during the festival and live elsewhere.

To eat, what budget and what sort of food?

RJnomore Mon 19-Jan-15 22:34:16

It's only 50 minutes on train between them. Why not stay in one and have a day in the other?

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 22:37:51

Jus realising that the weekend we can do (21st to 24th August) is the fringe thing which would be wasted on my son, and also makes things very pricey!

Hmm I shall keep looking!

Iggi999 Mon 19-Jan-15 22:40:40

"The fringe thing" shockgrin
No point in coming to Ed on those dates if not for the festival. You will get a lot more for your money in Glasgow, still lots to see and do, but not so pretty obviously wink

KissMyFatArse Mon 19-Jan-15 22:40:41

Then go somewhere else, take him to aviemore, clay pigeon shooting, off road driving, horse riding, great cycle tracks. Ideal outdoorsy things for young boy. And lots of old fashioned authentic food places and pubs for mum and dad smile

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 22:44:25

We would be literally flying in on the Friday and out on the Monday, not planning on travelling- was very much hoping to just do some sightseeing!

I would love the fringe thing if I was withou child, honestly!

I may turn to Glasgow or look at other dates in the May/June half term. Thank you all for your help! You are being very kind.:-)

SwedeDreams Mon 19-Jan-15 22:45:00

He anyone wants help planning a London weekend well you know who to ask!

KissMyFatArse Mon 19-Jan-15 22:47:36


WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Mon 19-Jan-15 22:48:01

The fringe is great for kids too - lots of suitable shows on. It is expensive to stay in here when it's on though, especially at weekends.

There's loads of places to visit across the central belt though, you could stay anywhere and visit others. Glasgow has the science centre,, Kelvingrove, transport museum, the tall ship, Falkirk for the kelpies and the water wheel, edinburgh has the national museum, dynamic earth, beaches, the Castle, the zoo...

Sunbeam18 Tue 20-Jan-15 08:09:48

You could stay in outer Edinburgh and just go in and out by public transport? East Lothian is beautiful, particularly North Berwick, and so you could have some seaside and city! Only 30 mins on train into Edinburgh city centre. grin

PrimalLass Tue 20-Jan-15 09:50:17

The festival is great for kids. Have a look at the Book Festival - lots and lots for kids, and less hectic.

evelynj Tue 20-Jan-15 20:57:45

I'm staying in the Ibis on royal mile I think it is. Just picked up something central after much debating as neither of us have stayed there before.

If there's any galleries worth going to, or young artist stuff to see, please let me know, thanks smile

Also swede, I can highly recommend northern ireland for a weekend. You can pack tons in to your time. Personally I love the North Antrim coast - lots of awesome National Trust things within easy distance & the w5 centre in belfast is fab for a 7 yo. <disclaimer-I'm a local (but love to holiday here smile>

AmandaTanen Tue 20-Jan-15 21:02:10

I would stay in glasgow and travel to Edinburgh for the day, public transport between the 2 cities is really good. Sometimes scotrail does kids go free on the trains.

OllyBJolly Tue 20-Jan-15 21:08:37

Glasgow and do the Science Museum, Museum of Transport, People's Palace, might be something on at Glasgow Green.

Go through to Edinburgh for a day with the DS - there is a lot on for them, too. Of all the fab stuff in Edinburgh for children - castle, Dungeon, Dynamic Earth, museum of childhood, my kids loved the Camera Obscura.

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