I spent three wonderful days in Edinburgh to celebrate my dad´s 75th birthday. We were a family of 10 from ages 12 upwards … Edinburgh has something for everyone ! Here are some highlights from my trip.
Abercorn Guest House just outside central Edinburgh (Portobello) was fantastic ! A delightful couple who owned the place, who were always happy to help. Only a few minutes walk away from the beach and bus into town (bus took about 15 minutes).
The Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship was home to Her Majesty The Queen and Royal Family. I loved the dining room with gifts from all over the world. Very good audio commentary. The latest is that they even serve afternoon teas on this yacht !
We had a lot of fun at “Camera Obscura” enjoying spectacular rooftop views as well as amazing optical experiences.
For jazz lovers a must is a visit to “The Jazz Bar” on 14 Chambers Street. On Saturdays they have afternoon jazz from 3-6pm which is easier for youngsters to come along to (14-17 ) Poor Joely 12 couldn´t join us so her mum and her did some therapy shopping instead, whilst the rest of us sat in this cool basement bar listening to live music. A special treat for the birthday boy who loves that sound of jazz !
One evening at 9pm we dared “The Cadies & Witchery Tours” with our guide Adam Lyal a deceased highwayman who was executed in Edinburgh´s Grassmarket on 27th March 1811. He lead us through the dark courtyards and alleyways of the Old Town telling tales of witchcraft, tortue, plague, along with a group of about 30 people. Not only scary at times but amusing ?!
We also visited “The Edinburgh Dungeon”. With many shows & displays this is a wealth of gruesome discovery ! We loved the “Drop Ride to Doom”.
Most of these attractions that we did (excluding “The Royal Yacht”) are included in the Edinburgh Pass which can be bought in our webshop. Super value, even includes local bus service and Airlink tickets from the airport, as well as restaurant discounts.
Last but not least, my final tip is a restaurant “The Dome” (The Grill Room). Beautiful place, fantastic meals, my nephew said “It was the best meal he had ever eaten” ! My neice visited the restrooms about 6 times, she had never experienced such lovely toilets ! Well worth a visit for maybe that special occasion such as a 75th birthday celebration.
Next year it is mum´s 70th birthday and looks like we will all meet up again for a trip somewhere in Englands South Coast, any tips ?
– Jackie –