Hello! If I remember correctly you had an ask a while ago about what to do in Edinburgh and so. I tried to find it but I couldn't. I am going there this summer and although I have been already, by bf hasn't and I want to give him the best time. Any suggestions? You are such an inspiration btw, always. Thanks!
Ahh, you are too sweet, <3 and I think I know the ask you are talking about, let me see now, ah yes here we go:
JanuaryScotland so make sure you have an umbrella. Also yes we do tip (Edinburgh is tourist central so the servers are usually students or foreigners on 0 hours with very little job security so tipping is appreciated) from experience the average is usually about 10%, although 20% is appreciated. If Bella Italy is there I’ve always had good service in there and the prices aren’t too bad, also look for the small local looking coffee shops, they tend to have the best food, and it’s where the locals eat so the prices aren’t extortionate.
For Scottish food, ETD and I rather like “The World’s End” on Royal Mile as well. But also Broadies at the middle is good too. Just basically eat your way from one of the mile to the other and you can’t go wrong.
As for places you should see: the castle goes without saying, the royal palace if it’s open is also fun (but expensive) and the Edinburgh dungeons are always a hoot, as is King Mary’s Close (on the Royal Mile) which actually takes you under the city in to the old city on a guided tour, that’s probs one of my fave things to do while there. Here’s a link http://www.realmarykingsclose.com/
This is probably one of my fave things to do.
Fair warning the Edinburgh Dungeons requires audience participation and has some jump scares so it’s not for everyone.
Also there’s lots of ghost tours and stuff and walking tours which you can find the info for outside the St Tron Kirk on Royal Mile. Oh and the St Giles Cathedral is really pretty inside and that’s also on the Royal Mile.
Another fave of mine is the Optical Illusion Museum which is across from the Whiskey Experience, which let me tell you, don’t go see those two in the wrong order.
Some other things I would recommend are:
The National Museum of Scotland: http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/
The Surgeon’s Hall Museum (if you’re into that sort of thing) https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/
The Writer’s Museum (we have a lot of museums okay) http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/The-Writers–Museum.aspx
Also the zoo is a nice day visit (someone please tell me they still to the penguin parade?) and there are guided tours of parliament which is much the same thing these days.
You also can’t really go wrong with a hike around the city or up to Arthur’s Seat, provided you get a day where it’s no raining sidey-ways.
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