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So, with £19.67 change in your pocket here is a list of our favourite things to do in Scotland’s capital
Scottish Storytelling Centre
This is not just for the littl’uns. This is a chance to experience traditional Scottish folk tales told as they were hundreds of years ago but the centre also invites international literary guests to narrate for both child and adult ears. The building has a purpose built auditorium to carry the acoustics without the aid of a microphone and the walls swing to accommodate larger crowds or create more intimate surroundings.
43 High Street
Admission: Various; donation or £5/€6 concessions
Open: July-Aug, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; noon-6pm Sun. Sept-June, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Bus: 35 & 36
Telephone 0131 556 9579
Sheep Heid Inn
As one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs, this place has been feeding and watering people for over 6 centuries and its location makes it a great spot to visit after your amble up Arthur’s Seat. Duddington Loch is right outside and Holyrood Park is across the road.
43-45 the Causeway
Cost of a pint: Apprx £3/€3.5
Open: Mon-Thur, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 12.30-11pm
Bus: 4, 44, 44A & 45
Fish and Chips
There’s many a chippie lining the streets of Edinburgh, but how to choose? At Tailend, they offer either grilled or breaded fish, otherwise it’s all fried to order in beef drippings along with the chips. The owner has won a number of awards and once you bite into a crispy chip with the light and fluffy potato inside, you’ll be hooked.
Mercat Walking Tours
If you have been admiring the architectural history of Edinburgh above ground, a whole new experience awaits underfoot. The dark and winding passages ways have been named some of the UK’s most haunted and they can be explored with Mercat Walking Tours. We liked the Historic Vaults excursion which takes in the 18th century underground vault under the South Bridge. The intriguing history behind these catacombs describes a thriving community of bodysnatchers and traders of illegal commodities.
Cost £6.5/€7.5 concessions for 1.15 hours
Start: Mercat Cross, High Street
Finish: Interpretation Centre, Blair Street
Open: Summer (April – September): 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm. Winter (October – March): 2pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and 4pm.
That’s £1.17 left to spend on soor plooms and kola kubes at Casey’s sweetie shop on St Mary’s Street, all made on the premises.
Climb Arthur’s Seat
Easy to clamber up and down again within an hour. The top of this extinct volcano leaves you a little out of puff, exhilarated and with spectacular views of the city and the river Forth. Funnily enough, you can’t see the castle which is best seen from Princes’ Street.
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