Top Travel Tips in Edinburgh From Our Readers

Travel tips for Edinburgh, Scotland have become very abusive, in a good way. Here are the highlights of this week’s Hack Your City presentation. Most of the tips below are from longer comments, so read the full comments under the Staff tab in our Monday post . Read them in your worst Scottish accent.

Every Monday onHack Your City, we ask readers for the best tips about the city: driving tips, restaurant tips, entertainment, and any other tips for visitors and locals alike. Then, on Thursday, we present the best comments. We work in the USA and around the world.

What to try

  • “The National Museum of Scotland is great (and it’s free!) And a good alternative if it’s raining outside. Lots of Scottish history, some world history and some cute elements of natural history, ”says Northern_Owlbear . “Damn cool! It’s like 5 floors of shit, because apparently the Scots invented … damn it, everything, ”says FreeCharlie .
  • “Not far from the museum: Grassmarket! Nice restaurants and bars, quirky shops, narrow — very narrow — stairs and great people watching ”( Bluefido).
  • “Trekking Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Rocks was a great way to get out and see the city from a great vantage point.” – PaulHMA
  • “Drink Irn Bru, Thank Me Later” – Mr. John
  • “If after half an hour you have to shit because of coffee at the Elephant House , then there are public toilets in the library.” – wtfwth
  • Sheep Heid: A 600-year-old pub next to the lake in Duddingston, right next to Arthur’s Seat. When most people think of Edinburgh, they think of ancient buildings, incredible history, and alcohol. This pub is the epitome of these thoughts, and while the food is not outstanding, most of the visitors want an experience . ” – FormerScot
  • Panda and Sons – Necessity” – Tracer Bullet

Where else to go

  • “Rosslyn Chapel, technically not Edinburgh, is an unusual and very beautiful church. He gained popularity as he was instrumental in The Da Vinci Code , although I’m not sure if this was a blessing or a curse. ” – TheLaughinKipper
  • “If you want to get out of town for a bit, Loriston Castle is very beautiful. There are not so many tourists here, and a beautiful view of the river opens from the territory behind the castle. “- sidewalk

What you need to know

  • “The Scots are damn SUPER nice people. I bet I had 40 or 50 random conversations with people on the street in 7 or 8 days. ”- FreeCharlie
  • “Edinburgh’s buses won’t give you change, so you need to have the right money ready. You cannot pay with a contactless bank card or smartphone, ”- Embra lad.
  • “I did the whole idea of ​​a smartphone without cellular data, so I worked exclusively on Wi-Fi. I was able to find enough public access to stay connected to home. ”- Xman2001and71
  • “Jump down alleys and alleys (most of them are named) and don’t miss the opportunity to find hidden gems. Here we came across a small pastry shop. ” – Northern_Owlbear
  • “If you love whiskey, remember to leave a place to bring home.” – Gmartin
  • “If you travel to the rest of the UK from Scotland, spend your Scottish bills as they are sometimes difficult to use in the rest of the kingdom (eg the south)” – @qi
  • “Edinburgh is insanely busy during two mass events, the festival (most of August) and Hogmanai (New Year’s), but much less busy during the (very cold, wet and dark) winter. My favorite has always been for months of May and September, when the relatively warm and bright and 22:00, and all open spaces packed with people who are well spend time. ” – Former Scott.

What to miss

  • “Skip the silly tunnel tours. You will see 4 or 5 brick rooms. This is bullshit. “- FreeCharlie
  • “The Scotch Whiskey Experience is a real tourist trap and not worth visiting, even if you are a whiskey veteran like me.” – PaulHMA
  • “Tourists should probably stay away from Edinburgh Castle because there are tons of tourists, schoolchildren, just everyone. Holyrood Palace offers a more scenic walk along the Royal Mile (along with a few closed lanes) and the opportunity to spend more time in all rooms. ” – sidewalk
  • “Do not eat or buy anything near the castle, it is expensive and usually attracts tourists / lowest common denominator” – abandoned Pope

Our last tip has pictures:

This is all for Edinburgh! If you have any tips please leave them below. Read more in the comments to Monday’s post . And we’ll be back next week when we go to America. YOU NEVER GUESS.


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