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1. Posted by clemondo (Full Member 17 posts) 9y

I am currently planning a trip to Edinburgh in November. Its just a 3 day trip at the moment between Nov 14 - 16. Reading through the forum, i hear that its insanely cold there, and that people must be mental to visit in Nov, but i'm attending a course in Edinburgh, so i dont have much of a choice.

Anyway, at the moment, i'm planning to stay at the Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel. which seems to be the best choice in terms of location and price.

In terms of things to do, I've got 3 things that I've thought up.

1) Arthur's seat - I plan to make a short hike up there in Nov, and please tell me if this is just a stupid idea. It looks great in the pictures in summer, but i have no idea how it'll be in Nov

2) Edinburgh castle - Seems to be the best castle in the UK, and I hope it wont be a problem in Nov

3)A ghost tour - Currently the top pick seems to be the City of the dead tour by Black Hart where you get the see the Mackenzie poltergeist. Any comments on this one?

4)A hike. At the moment, I'm still looking for a nice 6-7mile hike around Edinburgh countryside. If anyone has been to a good one with a great view, give me a shout.

I'll probably fly in and out of Edinburgh using Ryanair from London. That seems to be the cheapest and most reliable way, and use the Airport bus to the city. Any comments? I've also got a few questions if anyone can help me out.
1. Any particular food place that i must visit while i'm in Edinburgh?
2. If it rains everyday there, are there any suggestions of things to do?
3. Any other tips for the city? I've neem told to check out

Thanx a bunch for taking time to read this.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 18, 2007, at 8:19 AM by clemondo ]

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

I live here so maybe I'm just used to it, but it really isn't that cold in Scotland during the winter. We only get snow a handful of days and the rest of the time it's fine. Anyway food is really my thing, so if you want a top quality restaurant (i.e. Michelin star standard) then try Martin Wishart's restaurant -

The food is outstanding, but like all high class restaurants you have to book in advance and it's expensive. Two others which are almost as good are the Plumed Horse and the Kitchin, though both are just as expensive -

There's also Atrium which has more of a Scottish menu -

For a cheaper pub type meal the Albanach is quite good (197 High Street) and for a chinese Chop Chop is very tasty (248 Morrison Street).

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 18, 2007, at 10:34 AM by BlankFrack ]

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I was in Edinburgh around the same time last year, and it was about.... 5-8 deg, perfect for a hike up Arthur's Seat. The sun sets around 4pm, so maybe you'd like to go earlier to get the best of the walk up. I had a very good time there, and the cool weather made walking all the more pleasant.

Edinburgh Castle is also a good choice, I enjoyed my visit there even though it was raining when I got there. If it's raining most of the time, you might want to check out some of the museums and art galleries. The National Gallery of Scotland is worth a trip, lots of interesting stuff and good collections, you can definitely spend some hours there.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Go and pet the statue of Greyfriars Bobby! I love the story of how he sat every day at the foot of his masters grave - l cant watch the movie (probably disney!) without sobbing!

5. Posted by clemondo (Full Member 17 posts) 9y

BlankFrack: The atrium sounds good and i'm always up for some Scottish beef. Do you know where i can get the best Haggis in town? I'm up for trying some of that.

summer910: 8 degrees would be perfect for a hike. If it isn't raining or too windy. I'll note the National Gallery of Scotland if its raining, so thanx for the tip.

Purdy: Greyfriars Bobby sounds like a good stopover. I've found the map so i'll remember to drop by.

Thanx for taking the time guys

6. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y


I live in Edinburgh.

Arthur seat is a must, will only take 10 minutes to climb and the views are great for taking edinburgh in.

Edinburgh Castle is good but not worth the £13 in my opinion but hey 'when in Rome'

I,ve never been on a Ghost tour so I cant help there.

For a hike you will want to do head up the Pentlands at the south of Edinburgh. An idea is to get a 37,47,x47 bus to Penicuik and make your way up the hills from the last stop. From the top of the Pentlands just under 2000 feet (ish) you will get views of the countryside, Edinburgh, over the firth of Forth to Fife. Its quick an easy hike. Or there is this is relatively the same trail and mabye a bit easier to understand than my description.

Cramond Island is a good place to go. The number 41 bus from princess street will take you there. When the tide is out you can walk out to the island and have 2 hours to walk around. Cramond Village that you pass through on the short walk from the bus stop to the beach is quite quaint and seems out of place within such a big city.

There is plenty more to do but I really should get back to work

Hope you enjoy.


7. Posted by clemondo (Full Member 17 posts) 9y

Neil: Thanks for your input. Pentland Hills seem like the trail everyone recommends, and after you mentioned it again, i think it'll be the one i'll be aiming to go for. I'll look more into Cramond island. It might be worth a walk if i can time the tide right.

8. Posted by smallstar (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Hi Clemondo,

I'm staying in Scotland now, and spent about a week in Edinburgh. (will definitely be going back though!)

I went on one of the ghost tours, not sure it was the same one you mentioned. It was pretty cheesy, but we did learn some interesting information about Edinburgh's past. If the tour isn't charging too much, it's something fun to do at night.

You could also consider jumping on one of the city tour buses on your day of arrival, as they pass a lot of great places to see. You can also request to get off the bus (ex/ at Arthurs seat) and then get back on again when you're finished. At least this way, you'd know where a lot of the indoor and outdoor sites are located, so if it rains, you will know where to go!

Hope this was somewhat helpful

9. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting clemondo

1) Arthur's seat - I plan to make a short hike up there in Nov, and please tell me if this is just a stupid idea. It looks great in the pictures in summer, but i have no idea how it'll be in Nov

4)A hike. At the moment, I'm still looking for a nice 6-7mile hike around Edinburgh countryside. If anyone has been to a good one with a great view, give me a shout.

One and the same my friend . . . Arthur's seat is a fair climb, not just a quick stroll. November is a fine time to do it, it'll be cold and wet, possibly rainy but, hey, this is Scotland.

If you're into hiking, there are literally hundreds of good walks around Edinburgh, particularly in Fife. If you can make it to the West of the country, there's Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps for something a bit more challenging. Feel free to PM me for more info.

10. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 9y

Specifically: Haggis.

- A little take- out place just a few doors 'down' from the 'old salt' tavern, on Leith Walk, around Brunswick Rd. (wish i could tell you the name of the place, sorry.) Anyway, the gent there will assemble for you a 'haggis on a bun' truly to die for. Warning: this sandwich should leave one's organism by way of one's 'back door', NOT courtesy of one's sweat glands! Avoid exertion post- wolfdown.