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Things to do in Scottish Borders

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“If you fancy stretching your legs then the walk up Arthurs seat is worth it, especially when the weather is nice. Views across the whole city and across the sea.”
  • 908 locals recommend
Park
“The Meadows is a large green open space just a few minutes away from the flat (turn right at Forrest Rd junction with Forrest Hill) great for BBQs in the summer”
  • 332 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Screen 1 is wonderful. Loads of leg room and comfortable. Other screens much less comfortable. It's the local "independent" cinema.”
  • 185 locals recommend
Park
“Located at the end of the Royal Mile, near Arthur's seat. This is a great place to visit. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Great food at a great price. Serving up the most delicious Thai food. Casual dining up near the meadows. Always busy so has a fab atmosphere. You can also check out their sister restaurant Ting Sabateur just a couple of doors down the road - serving mainly Vietnamese. ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“One of our favourite places for a cooked breakfast within walking distance! Booking a table is recommended. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Great cafe at Arthouse cinema. Good honest reasonable food. Full of locals”
  • 128 locals recommend
English Restaurant
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“Unusual combinations, hipster vibe, good atmosphere and tasty. Special occasion...”
  • 99 locals recommend
Café
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“Great restaurant for breakfast and lunch! Located nearby the flat (and another cafe near Waverly). ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Craft Beer bar specialising in small breweries. Very good food served annoyingly in take out boxes for eating inside.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“One of Edinburgh's best cinemas- independent and focusing on creating a luxurious feel! Come and take a peek! ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The old vetinary school now turned venue for events, exhibitions, with a bar,cafe & beer garden.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Pub
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“Great for gin and cocktails, especially in the summer when they open their double doors outside.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Pub
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“A great pub if you fancy a cold beer or some food after walking up Arthurs seat. You can always get an Uber back into town if you prefer the one way route (i always do!)”
  • 115 locals recommend
Church
“Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. Rosslyn Chapel came to worldwide prominence through The Da Vinci Code, a novel written by Dan Brown, which was published in 2003. In the story, the main characters, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, investigate a murder in the Louvre and, in doing so, follow a set of clues to unravel a mystery, taking them to London and then to Rosslyn Chapel. It is estimated that 81 million copies of the book have been published, making it one of the most popular of all time. In 2006, a film was made, based on the book. Most of the interior scenes of the Chapel were filmed here, and the main actors Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, were on site for a few days. The Chapel is in the village of Roslin in Midlothian and is easily reached from Edinburgh or the Borders. There is a good bus service from Edinburgh city centre (Lothian service 37) and a number of tour companies offer trips to Rosslyn Chapel, leaving from the city centre.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Localized in the heart of Blackford, typical Scottish neighbourhood, Blackford hill doesn't have just the best view of Edinburgh but also the Royal Observatory, a super pretty building. ”
  • 78 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“Great food at a great price. Serving up the most delicious Thai food. Casual dining up near the meadows. Always busy so has a fab atmosphere. You can also check out their sister restaurant Ting Sabateur just a couple of doors down the road - serving mainly Vietnamese. ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Gastropub
“One of our favourite places for a cooked breakfast within walking distance! Booking a table is recommended. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Unusual combinations, hipster vibe, good atmosphere and tasty. Special occasion...”
  • 99 locals recommend
Café
“Great restaurant for breakfast and lunch! Located nearby the flat (and another cafe near Waverly). ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Brewery
“Craft Beer bar specialising in small breweries. Very good food served annoyingly in take out boxes for eating inside.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Pub
“A great pub if you fancy a cold beer or some food after walking up Arthurs seat. You can always get an Uber back into town if you prefer the one way route (i always do!)”
  • 115 locals recommend
Pub
“Lively bar/restuarant with good food and a well stocked bar. All within walking disatnce of the accommodation.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Local pub within walking distance of the accomdation. Good range of beer, ale, gin and nice relaxed atmosphere. Good, reasonably priced pub food.”
  • 64 locals recommend

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