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Review: Edinburgh


Scotland, United Kingdom

Enjoyable Edinburgh

  • By SilverTraveller Veronica

    3 reviews

  • Aug 2014
  • Husband

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Taking only hand baggage we flew from Bristol to Edinburgh in under an hour with Easyjet We decided to try the new tram system from the airport which took us right to our destination – Princes Street in the Centre. Clearly marked up and just a few minutes walk from the airport arrivals we were at the tram station. The machines enabled us to pay by creditcard or debitcard and there were staff on hand to guide passengers through the process, if needed. The cost for a return was £8 each, slightly more expensive than the bus, but there was the bonus of no traffic jams! The service was really efficient with LED signs in the coaches clearly marking the stops before arrival. The journey took approximately half an hour. The next day it was publicised that the trams had been running for 100 days and had carried 1.5million passengers! We stopped at the Premier Inn in Princes Street which enabled us to be within easy walking distance of lots of shops and restaurants as well as buses to other parts of the city. The hotel was also really good value for money. We managed to see a lot of the sights on foot or by public transport. The highlight was the Royal Yacht Britannia accessible by 22 bus to the Ocean Terminal at Leith at a cost £1.50 each. Other places visited included Edinburgh Castle which was really busy with lots of queues, Scottish Parliament, the Royal Mile, the Scottish National Gallery and Princes Street Gardens. Unfortunately we ran out of time and were unable to visit the Palace of Holyrood House, the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. For visitors who like shopping Edinburgh is paradise! There is a huge variety of shops, including some fascinating Scottish ones. Our hotel was also within walking distance of a wide choice of restaurants. We tried the Cafe Andaluz, a tapas bar, the Mussel Inn, and two Wetherspoons – the Standing Order and the Alexander Graham Bell. These restaurants were all located in two streets parallel with our hotel in Princes Street – Rose Street and George Street. The service we received was always good and we enjoyed the variety on offer from them all. The Wetherspoon's were particularly reasonable for breakfasts. The weather was kind to us and we were sad to leave such an enjoyable city.

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