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Arriving in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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On the eastern edge of Scotland, Edinburgh is an easy drive from England's border. Though the roads aren't the most exciting on the way there, southern Scotland offers its own, more peaceful brand of culture. We didn't realize it before our first ATM stop, but Scotland issues its own pound notes with different images, though they are technically the same value and accepted in the same places as traditional English pounds. We first arrived in Edinburgh and checked into our B&B in the early afternoon, and decided to make the most of our long evening in the city. We hopped right on the bus and headed to the city center to explore.
Its a lovely, clean city with loads of beautiful old architecture and the people are friendly, though decidedly cosmopolitan. In fact, the population is so diverse, we hardly ever heard a true Scottish accent. From the center of town, most attractions are within walking distance, and the rest are a short bus ride away. Make sure you have either a bus pass or change to make getting on and off the bus easy and quick.
We used our Google Maps the whole time and were amazed how well they kept up with the buses, tracking to the exact minute! This took so much of the stress out of exploring a new city.
With pubs on every corner and museums and historical sites for days, you won't run out of things to do in this gem of a city.
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Hotels

Arrandale Guest House
Arrandale Guest House
Arrandale is affordable for Edinburgh without giving up too much comfort. While the house is a bit damp and could use updating, breakfast was good and we didn't have any complaints.

Points of interest

South Bridge
South Bridge
South Bridge (which turns into North Bridge) cuts right through the middle of the city and is a good point to start for reaching most of the city's highlights.
Nelson Monument
Nelson Monument
Nelson Monument has a tower you can climb for a fee and small museum inside.
Dugald Stewart Monument
Dugald Stewart Monument
One of many special structures on Calton Hill, and a great photo spot!

Restaurants

Patisserie Valerie - Edinburgh North Bridge
Patisserie Valerie - Edinburgh North Bridge
Patisserie Valerie is a traditional french bakery with a heavenly assortment of desserts for every taste. Great spot to stop in for cake and coffee to get out of the cold.

Special activities

Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat
With no ride to the top, Arthur's seat is a hike for only those who have a few hours and good health, but worth the walk for the views.

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