Discover Edinburgh with Andy Hayes, author of the Historic Walking Guide to Edinburgh and the most popular iPhone app for Edinburgh.

To listen to our interview with Andy, hit play below or find episode 168 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Why come to Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most-visited city in the UK – and for good reason. It’s good for romantic breaks, history buffs, outdoor holidays, or ghost hunters. It’s suitable for families or couples and it’s extremely walkable. Why wouldn’t you love Scotland?

Things to do in Edinburgh

There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh. Head to the Royal Mile, which runs from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood House, the Scottish Parliament. The castle is definitely worth a visit, although it isn’t cheap at about 13 pounds, and a tour of Holyrood House is also worth your time.

Lots of little museums are hidden along the Mile, and Mary King’s Close is a great insight into history. It’s situated across from St Giles Cathedral, and both are “slightly haunted”.

Lots of people visit for ghost tours. City of the Dead is the best company to go with, and will take you to visit the hidden closes (alleys) and vaults under old bridges.

Day trips in and around Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel
About half an hour from St Andrew’s square on bus 15. It’s a lot more interesting than it seems from Dan Brown’s books.

Great for shopping, nightlife, museums and music. Stroll along the river and have a picnic.

Loch Ness
Drive to the loch or go by tour (with Scotland Tours) and search for Nessie.

Where to eat

Andy recommends several Edinburgh restaurants to try:

Negociants is a locally-owned bar in the Old Town. Reasonably priced with lots of great specials.

Monster Mash is near Greyfriars Kirkyard, famous for bangers and mash – but with a difference.

The Tempting Tattie is a fantastic potato shop with an interesting owner. Try the haggis baked potato.

The Edinburgh calendar

If you’re trying to decide when to come to Edinburgh, you have a lot of festivals to choose from. Celebrate New Year’s at Hogmanay, or visit in July for the film festival. The famous Fringe Festival in in August – make sure you book your accommodation in advance. There are lots of other festivals happening throughout spring and summer as well.


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  • The pic above looks like the Water of Leith to me, well worth a long walk exploring nearby Stockbridge, lovely little area with lots of boutique shops, restaurants and good bars. Good write up though. (stumbled it!) This Edinburgh resident is more than happy to give folks lots of tips for exploring off the beaten track. Some other (slighty better IMO) budget food places to try: the Dogs (sev branches across the city, 2 on Hanover St) for spruced up British classics also Spoon near the Bridges. Stockbridge Tap, great gastro pub v.near the water of Leith. And Illegal Jacks on Lothian Road for the best tex-mex stuff, dead cheap at lunchtime. Cheers! Jools

    on September 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Hi Jools, Love Water of Leith - that was one of the two walks I took Craig and Linda on while they were here. Great suggestions, though I personally I've had not one but two terrible experiences at Dogs so I can't recommend it. Andy

    on September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am Reply

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