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What's on in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is well known to lovers of the arts and music for its art galleries and museums, for its annual International Festival and for the Festival Fringe; to visitors from all over the world for the Military Tattoo & famous Hogmanay (New Year) Celebrations in the Old Town of Edinburgh; to farmers and stock breeders and the agricultural community for the Royal Highland Show; to others for its classical and folk Music scene, Rugby Internationals at Murrayfield and more recently for its International Science Festival. For those who look for authentic and historic Edinburgh and its architecture there is much to see, or if your tastes differ there are the delights of the Whisky Heritage Centre and Scotch Malt Whisky Society, pubs with live music, and comedy clubs.
For the more energetic, there are many nearby city walks, country walks, and coastal walks with views to entice any photographer. Why not try pony trekking, archery, even falconry, sailing or rock climbing on an indoor climbing wall? With bus tours around Edinburgh, car trips through Fife or along the coast to East Lothian, and coach trips to Highland beauty spots, Edinburgh proves to be an excellent centre for exploring.
Wining and Dining
The Apartments are just around the corner from Elm Row and one of Edinburgh's most famous institutions, Valvon and Crolla, an Italian delicatessen that has been there since the 1930s.
Edinburgh has a whole host of eating and drinking establishments, many located between Leith Walk and Princes Street. You are not far from the Edinburgh University campus, which has a wide range of budget priced eateries, cafes, bars and restaurants: Scottish, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Indian Curry Houses, and Vegetarian foods are all available.
Theatre, Cinema, Clubs and Shops
Edinburgh abounds with cinemas, from the old fashioned high street cinemas to newer multiplex multiscreen cinemas. Heading towards Princes Street from the guest house, you pass the new Festival Theatre. Just off Princes Street is the new Omni Cinema Complex. If you want to go by car, take a trip to UCI at Kinnaird Park Shopping Mall, or to Fountainpark in Fountainbridge, (near to the Scottish & Newcastle Brewery, and the area in which Sean Connery was born and brought up, starting his career as a milkman). If you want to shop till you drop, or are looking for just the right sort of gift to take home, take a trip out to the Gyle Shopping Centre on the outskirts of town (in the direction of the Airport) which gives an alternative to the city centre's Princes Street and George Street. A host of bistros, bars, restaurants and clubs for the late night reveller are found in George Street and the Grassmarket, below the Castle.
Activities for the more energetic
15 minutes away on the bus, is the Commonwealth Swimming Pool, with Olympic size pool and diving pool, right beside the majestic Arthur's Seat. This is the extinct volcanic plug in the centre of Holyrood Park, the Royal Park of Holyrood Palace. One of Edinburgh's best loved facilities, it is used equally by Edinburgh residents as by tourists. Edinburgh has 26 golf courses within its city boundary and another 50 courses within a half hour drive from Cameron Toll. Most of these are available for visitors to play on.
Holyrood Park gives you an excellent route for jogging or a bracing walk. As you go up Dalkeith Road, just by the Commonwealth Swimming Pool turn into Holyrood Park Road through the ornate gate posts. You can follow the road around to the left and walk gently down the hill towards Holyrood Palace, continuing until you see a small loch inhabited by its flock of mute swans. Following the road to the right all the way around Arthur's Seat until you come back to where you started. If you are feeling more adventurous, cut off the road to the right of the Crags, and walk up the Piper's Walk path to the top of Arthur's Seat. Whichever route you choose, you are guaranteed to find some spectacular views of Edinburgh, of the Old Town's Royal Mile from the Castle to Holyrood Palace, over the Firth of Forth, and into the Kingdom of Fife.
Alternatively, as you enter the Park, take the low road to the right towards the Wells o' Wearie, following the signs down onto the Innocent Railway walking and cycle track one mile to the main road. Turn left and follow the road around past Holyrood High School until you see a left turning and follow that into the delightful little village of Duddingston. Explore the old Church then cross over to walk a few yards up the Causeway, until you come to the historic Sheep Heid Pub, where you can play an old fashioned game in the skittle alley in the pub's garden. Finish off with a walk back past Duddingston Loch, where you can feed the wildfowl, through the park to Pollock Halls and Dalkeith Road.
You can use all the routes that are mentioned above, but a copy of the Edinburgh Cycle Map shows many short and longer distance cycling routes are also available. Follow the cycle routes down to the Firth of Forth, west along the coast from Musselburgh to Portobello and on to Silverknowes and Cramond Island. Alternatively you can follow the John Muir Way, east along the coast through fishing villages of Port Seton and North Berwick, passing by the best beaches in the area at Gullane and Dirleton. Inland tracks, following old railway lines, and hill tracks give a variety of terrain and scenery to discover by bike. Sustrans' National Cycle Network Route 1 comes through Edinburgh on its way from Inverness to Dover and Route 75 runs to the West of Scotland via the city centre.
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