by Gemma Hogg
It’s great to be back in this old medieval, quirky city that I love. Take the opportunity to explore fascinating Edinburgh whilst up for the conference in April – this guide will help! Although cold and windy, the spectacular architecture will not let you down. This city is also home to films such as Trainspotting and the Da Vinci code, and is where J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter.
Renowned for my holiday planning itineraries, here are some local recommendations to keep you all occupied while you are visiting Edinburgh. There are so many interesting places to try out and explore it’s difficult to limit it to a page.
Sights to see:
Edinburgh Castle: Symbolic historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city. It has recently been voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards.
Arthur’s seat: If you fancy doing a little exercise the walk to the top of Arthurs Seat is a strenuous as you want to make it, with spectacular views of the entire city. E.g. the famous bridges over the forth river, or Hollyrood Palace (takes roughly 1hr 30). Enter the paths from either Pollock halls, or Hollyrood Palace and just follow the path. It’s hard to believe this was actually a volcano. You might even see people abseiling here down the crags.
Ghost walk tours: Many tours across the city that include the Edinburgh Vaults deep into the underground passages of the ancient city, or City of the dead taking you on an adventure through the grave yard of Greyfriars Bobby, or the Ghost Bus Tour (picked up from outside the Waverley Train station). I highly recommend one of these tours but be prepared to book
Stockbridge market on Sunday 10am-5pm: Fresh farm produce with a selection of arts and crafts. Stockbridge is a vibrant suburb with a village vibe on the water of Leith, where affluent young professionals and long time locals shop at the posh delis, unique boutiques and relax in the quaint cafes and trendy gastropubs.
Restaurants and Cafes:
Oink on 34 Victoria Street, best hog roast sandwiches in town!
The Elephant House: Where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, 21 George IV Bridge
Gusto : Italian, good interior and will cater for larger numbers. Reasonable food and definitely a thumbs up. £
Nok’s kitchen in Stockbridge ££ (Thai)
The Raeburn, Stockbridge ££ - 112 Raeburn Place.
Montepelliers: ££ bar and restaurant, great selection ranging from vegetarian options to good steaks. ££ - 159 Bruntsfield Place.
The Outsider 49-50 George IV Bridge. Great food and iconic view of the castle, with a lovely friendly setting. Service has known to be questionable at times. ££
Kanpai Sushi Restaurant: Best sushi in town (Next to Usher hall). ££
The Dome on George street £££: worth the £8 drink just to see the Dome.
Printing Press & Tiger Lilly’s: Bars and Restaurants on George Street
Head to Grass Market for reasonable drinks and an atmosphere! Often there are live bands at the weekends.
Fingers: Live pianist playing greatest hits from 1980’s – 2000. A classic for the ASiT committee! I highly recommend this place.
Garibaldies 97A Hanover Street.
Anyways that probably enough to get you through a weekend alongside the highly anticipated ASiT Conference. I look forward to seeing you all in April and you can let me know if the suggestions are up to much.