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I'm just popping over from the USA:PNW board to see if I can get any tips on the food scenes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It looks like I'll be heading over there this spring to do some research in various national archives and while I'll likely be crashing in a hostel in the center of town because the dollar is so weak, I'm willing to scrimp and save a bit in the name of food. Any hidden gems of restaurants, markets, and other tidbits I should know about?

 

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Hello!   I'm just popping over from the USA:PNW board to see if I can get any tips on the food scenes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It looks like I'll be heading over there this spring to do some rese

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American Airlines I am told (by my sister who I will be traveling with) is offering some sort of business class/hotel deal for dates next year. So this is all useful information, thanks.

I haven't been to either city in a while but I had a pretty good meal at The Ubiquitous Chip when I was in Glasgow last. It's sort of Frenchified Scottish food, if you see what I mean. Indian restaurants are often pretty good (much better than in the US) though I have no specific recommendations.

 

I wouldn't eat there but the Cafe Royale in Edinburgh is a great pub.

 

In addition to the main museums, both the Burrell collection and the Transport Museum in Glasgow are well worth visiting.

 

 

 

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In Edinburgh, take the bus down to Leith and find a seafood restaurant. There are some good ones along the water.

 

Skippers Bistro - Seafood Bistro

1a Dock Pl, Leith +44 (0)131 554 1018

 

Goofy name, but we had an excellent meal there about 4 years ago. Tiny place, very friendly and cosy.

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The WSJ has a short piece on Edinburgh, and its delights.

 

Kayak shows seven day car rental, and air from Newark for $699. Short dated offer, though

 

What to do: Visit Edinburgh to explore the land of whiskey, tartan and history. Walk the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare in the city's historic Old Town, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse—the Queen's official residence in Scotland—to Edinburgh Castle. Dozens of storefronts make it easy to shop for cashmere, Celtic jewelry and whiskey along the stroll. At Edinburgh Castle (www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk), take in sweeping views of the city, see Scotland's crown jewels and step inside St. Margaret's Chapel, the city's oldest surviving building. Explore St. Giles' Cathedral (www.stgilescathedral.org.uk)—where John Knox preached during the Scottish Reformation—and the Real Mary King's Close (www.realmarykingsclose.com)—an underground tenement neighborhood on top of which Edinburgh's City Chambers were built in the 1750s. Costumed historical figures provide tours of the Close every 20 minutes. To continue exploring underground Edinburgh, take a tour of the city's underground vaults, a network of rooms and tunnels under the city's South Bridge. Local folklore suggests Scottish body snatchers William Burke and William Hare were among those using the vaults for storage. Tours meet daily at signs posted near St. Giles' Cathedral.

 

Where to eat: The Baked Potato Shop (56 Cockburn St., +44 (0)131 225 7572) is a tiny, casual spot just off the Royal Mile. Its specialty is potatoes topped with just about anything you want—cheese, sour cream, beans, chili, mango, mixed fruit and an assortment of other items you may have never thought to add to a potato. It also serves vegetarian haggis. For a meatier meal, venture away from the center of town to The Sizzling Scot (103-105 Dalry Rd., +44 (0)131 337 7744, www.sizzlingscot.co.uk), where a selection of Scottish Aberdeen Angus steaks flanked by your choice of potato dish awaits you. For dessert, there's Clootie Dumpling and Custard or ice cream from northern Scotland's Orkney Islands. For a pub meal with a story, head to Greyfriars Bobby's Bar (30-34 Candlemaker Row +44 (0) 131 225 8328), named for a dog said to have guarded his master's grave for more than a decade until his own death. The pub specializes in seasonal sausages and mash and staples like fish and chips.

 

Where to stay: The ultimate luxury experience is at the Balmoral Hotel (1 Princes St. Tel: 888 667 9477, www.thebalmoralhotel.com). The century-old landmark boasts a 195-foot clock tower and is located just steps away from Edinburgh's Waverly Station. The hotel is located on the city's most acclaimed shopping street. Prices start at about $260 to $285 per night, for a standard, double occupancy room. For a new room in the heart of the old city, try the Fraser Suites (12-26 St. Giles Street, +44 (0) 131 221 7200, edinburgh.frasershospitality.com), located just off the Royal Mile near the St. Giles' Cathedral. The new boutique hotel has just 75 rooms, all of which include desks, rainfall showers and kitchenettes. Prices from $260 to $285, double occupancy.

 

 

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Got one sentence into that. No, it's whisky, not whiskey.

 

And then I thought, this person went no further than the station hotel, and indeed that's it: The Balmoral (the station hotel, formerly called The North British Hotel). Quite imposing in an ugly sort of way.

 

balmoral_hotel_lge.jpg

 

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In Edinburgh, take the bus down to Leith and find a seafood restaurant. There are some good ones along the water.

 

Skippers Bistro - Seafood Bistro

1a Dock Pl, Leith +44 (0)131 554 1018

 

Goofy name, but we had an excellent meal there about 4 years ago. Tiny place, very friendly and cosy.

Ha, just noticed this. My paternal grandmother's family came from Leith. Must get back there someday. I've seen a fair amount of Scotland but never made it to Leith.

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