5 days in Edinburgh
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2012 1:03 PM Last Post By: ThuramT
Sep 18, 2012 5:59 AM
Sep 18, 2012 6:47 AM
1Hi - and welcomr to thorn Tree.
I hereby kindly ask you in return....
What are your preferences for a 5 day stay?
Do you mean you're staying in Edinburgh for 5 days and would like to know about the city?
Or maybe you are looking for some day excursions in the surrounding areas of the county.
If you're in Scotland for 5 days, then a full day in Edinburgh plus 4 excursions would be my recommendation.
There's plenty to do in the city for 5 days, but quite honestly, you can do most of it in 1.
Be aware, that mid-October there's not much daylight, so you'll need to be up early to take in the sights.
I would suggest a day trip to Stirling - and another to Loch Lomond.
Others will be along shortly with alternative ideas.
I hope you have a very enjoyable stay in one of the world's loveliest cities.
Sep 18, 2012 7:16 AM
2What do you like doing?
Taking your comment "we usually gladly invest a lot of energy to explore a new city / country" very literally, you can get a bus to southern outskirts of Edinburgh, then walk into Pentland Hills. Or cycle all the way. See http://www.pentlandhills.org/
Stirling (castle, Wallace connections etc) and Glasgow (art galleries, museums, Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildiigns, River Clyde etc), can be done as day trips from Edinburgh.
Port of Leith for Royal Yacht Britannia is worth a half day.
Sep 18, 2012 8:38 AM
3Difficult to answer when you do not give details of your interests. However I found the Insight Guide for Edinburgh excellent for general walks around Edinburgh picking up many of the important landmarks and museums. Also well illustrated.
Sep 19, 2012 2:59 AM
4I've just returned from the UK and spent time 2 weeks in Scotland including Edinburgh and Glasgow. I know I'll offend some Scots, but my opinion of Glasgow is its a city in decline, boarded up buildings, business' for sale, grim, dirty, untidy streets, how they are going to present themselves for the 2014 games is beyond me. On the other hand Edinburgh is great, great streets, Castle, Firth of Forth/Royal Yacht and although the tram lines works on Princess St must be a pain to drivers, its ok for walkers.
Sep 20, 2012 12:47 PM
5I love Glasgow. And I'm English.
It's far less touristy than Edinburgh with much better nightlife. Don't get me wrong, there is more to do in
Edinburgh and you shouldn't skip Glasgow at Edinburgh's expense but there is a certain 'edginess' that is quite beguiling.
In general, Glasgow is a much better place to drink and eat (with the exception of the likes of Kitchin and Martin Wishart).
Sep 20, 2012 12:51 PM
6Oh - hail *ThuramT.
I like Edinburgh - but 100% agreed.... If it's nightlife (with mad choons) you want, then head to Glasge.
Sep 20, 2012 1:02 PM
7I recommend the Fife Coast (East Neuk) from Elie to Crail. There a string of unspoilt fishing villages clinging to the coast just off the main road. Make sure you try the fish & chips at Anstruther Fish Bar. They are the best fish & chips I have ever tasted.
From Crail, you are only a 15 minute drive north to St Andrews.
Have you considered a day and night in Glasgow? It's a short journey from Edinburgh on the train. It's got that slightly menacing air, like Naples, East Berlin or Palermo, which makes you think you're only a few moments from offending someone so much that they stick their heid on you. I like that feeling.
Sep 20, 2012 1:03 PM
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