Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Things to do in Edinburgh when you're dead on your feet!

Whether you're organising a show or just here to soak up the atmosphere, you're going to be pretty tired during the Fringe. But if you've got the stamina, Edinburgh has so much more to offer. Here are my top 10 things to do:

1. Spit on the Heart of Midlothian.

The Heart of Midlothian marks the spot that used to be the entrance to the Old Tollbooth prison. which was demolished over a century ago. The locals at the time used to spit at the entrance to the prison to show their distain for the local authorities. The tradition has continued desite the building no longer being there - perhaps because the council are still pretty unpopular. Make sure you get a photo to show all your friends!

2. Climb Arthur's Seat.

It's not that difficult, and it has great views across the whole city.

3. Visit the Castle.

To my eternal shame, something that I've never done myself in 19 years of living here. I'll do it one day.

4. Go to the Zoo.

I love the zoo. They've got a great new chimp enclosure and the Rainbow Lorikeets (sp?) will come and land on your hand if you purchase a pot of nectar to feed them.

5. Have a pint of IPA in the Oxford Bar.

The "local" of Edinburgh's best known fictional crime-buster Inspector Rebus.

6. Have a dram!

Thee's a great whisy shop on the Royal Mile, just opposite the Heart of Midlothian. Take home a single malt to impress your Father in Law

7. Take in a football match.

Edinburgh has two teams, Hearts and Hibs. I follow Hearts, the bigger of the two teams so I would strongly encourage you to see them over Hibs. Both grounds have a good atmosphere, especially once the competetive stuff starts after the 9th August. A ticket will cost you around £25.

8. Climb the Scott Monument

Great views of the Castle and North to the Forth. Last time I did it, it only cost a few pounds to go up.

9. Visit Fettes College.

Tomy Blair's old school and one of the most important pieces of architecture in the whole of Scoland. They are running a Jazz festival form 22nd-24th August. Last year they lit up the whole building with floodlights. The perfect time to go and see the building. The music's pretty good too if Jazz is your bag!

10. (For the boys) Play football on the Meadows.

If the weather is nice, there will be loads of games going on, and peope will be happy to let you join in. Not for the faint hearted.

10. (For the girls) Visit Harvey Nicks.

Just off St. Andrew's Square towards the East end of the new town. Lots of designer stores are sprining up next to it as well. Make sure you're got plenty of money on your credit card!

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