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Sightseeing in Edinburgh

Palace
“Great new (2019) audio guide around the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Highly recommend a visit while in Edinburgh. Nice Restaurant / Cafe too with lovely outside seating. Don't need to pay to visit Cafe / Shop!”
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Park
“Beautiful views of Edinburgh. Climb on to the replica Parthenon for a great photo op!”
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Palace
“The queen’s Edinburgh palace. Can be closed for events so check in advance. ”
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Road
“Known as such as it is one mile long and connects two of Edinburgh's most iconic locations - Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, this is one of the busiest streets in Old Town. The Royal Mile is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions. During the August Edinburgh Festival, the High Street becomes crowded with tourists, entertainers and buskers. It has various souvenir shops along with vintage and quirky bohemian clothes shops, you will also find multiple traditional whiskey shops and drinks locally sourced from Edinburgh and wider Scotland for you to sample and buy. You can also browse through various shops selling Scottish tartan and tweeds. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, just opposite the Jenners department store and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps.”
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Church
“St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh,is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century, and is protected as a category A listed building. Today it is sometimes regarded as the "Mother Church of Presbyterianism". The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Giles, who is the patron saint of Edinburgh, as well as of cripples and lepers, and was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages. It is the Church of Scotland parish church for part of Edinburgh's Old Town. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“Located in Princes Street, this Gothic-style monument measures 60m. Can climb the stairs to enjoy the view from the top (about 10£).”
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Castle
“Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. ”
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Outdoor Sculpture
“Skye terrier dog statue known as Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby faithfully guarded over his owners grave in the nearby Greyfriars Kirkyard for fourteen years.”
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Castle
“Craigmillar Castle is a ruined medieval castle. It is three miles south-east of the city centre and two miles away from the property. It is situated on a low hill to the south of the modern suburb of Craigmillar. ”
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Outdoor Sculpture
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“Greyfriars Bobby's Bar occupies the ground floor of a row of Georgian houses adjoining the historic Candlemakers' Hall, built in 1722. The name of the bar is inspired by an Edinburgh legend of a scruffy Skye terrier called Bobby. When his owner died in 1858, Bobby faithfully watched over his grave and was buried alongside his master in the Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1872”
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Castle
“10mins walk from the flat, wee castle with amazing park and Japanese garden, astonishing view on the see. ”
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Scenic Lookout
“Historic setting beside the castle and then walk down the royal Mile to Holyrood.”
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History Museum
“A 17th century tenement house , one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, can only be visited by guided tour and it's great if you want to find out more about how life was in the Old Town of Edinburgh in the 17th century. There is a shop on the ground floor where you can buy real Scottish souvenirs, tasteful and good quality stuff actually made in Scotland.”
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Tourist Information Center
“Gorgeous walks, particularly around us. Colinton Dell is worth a visit. The Visitors Centre has maps of the different walks you can do. You can walk right down to Leith on the water of Leith. Though it is about 12 miles! ”
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Lighthouse
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“Chef Stuart Thrumble has created dishes using fantastic local, seasonal produce, with superbly matched wines. Our aim is to show off Scottish produce at its very best. Our gorgeous lunch dishes and our delicious dinner menu change almost daily, depending on what the market has that morning. Sample menus are below. Currently, we are offering a 2 course lunch for £15.00 from 12 – 2pm, and a 2 course dinner for £25. You can also check out our special menus on our Events page. Children over 5 years old are welcome, we don’t have a kids menu but are happy to do smaller portions.”
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