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first_imgImage: landhere, CC BY-SA 2.0..MusselburghThis originally Roman town is now best-known for its sporting traditions, with Musselburgh Racecourse and the historic Musselburgh Links, the oldest golf course in the world, both must-see sights for sports fans. You can also potter around the the past at the nearby Palladian-style property, Newhailes (Lothian bus no.30 stops outside the gate), or stop at the restaurant housed in the old Tolbooth on the High Street to sample some modern Scottish cuisine. Watching the boats bobbing at Fisherrow harbour, you’d hardly know that all the fun and frolics of Edinburgh is just five miles away.How to get to MusselburghA recently installed bypass from Edinburgh means its a mere 25-minute drive, or you can get to Musselburgh directly along the coastal cycle path from Leith or Portobello. Lothian bus 45 also goes this way. Image: Lee Kindness, CC BY 2.0..Craigmillar CastleWithin walking distance of the major Edinburgh attractions but far enough that you can block out the sound of the Royal Mile street performers, this ruined Medieval fortress is awash with bleak Scottish drama and wind-battered turrets. Although no longer habitable, it’s a remarkably well-preserved fifteenth century castle, with its very own Mary Queen of Scots claim to fame – it was here that Mary fled when her favourite, Rizzio, was murdered at Holyrood Palace. Before you get back on the Edinburgh sightseeing trail, head for a pint or a bite at traditional pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston, while you’re round this side of Holyrood Park.How to get to Craigmillar CastleBus no. 49 or 42 heading south of the city, down Dalkeith Road. The 42 also runs through Duddingston Village if you’re going on to the Sheep Heid. RelatedHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…Edinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010: ten great websites for Fringe fansGet the best out of the Fringe Festival with these great websites for Fringe fans… Image: theleastweasel, CC BY-SA 2.0..Looking for festival tips and tricks? Check out our Edinburgh Fringe 101 guide first! Dean VillageWalk about ten minutes from the hubbub of Princes Street and you’ll suddenly find yourself in what looks like a Bohemian country village, complete with stone bridges, gabled houses and only the sound of the Water of Leith to keep you company. This is Dean Village, one of Edinburgh’s hidden attractions. Walk one way alongside the water to get to the National Gallery of Modern Art (signposted), or stroll in the opposite direction to Stockbridge, another idyllic, well-to-do area of town virtually untouched by festival fever.How to get to Dean VillageHead up Queensferry Street at the West End of Princes Street and turn left onto Bells Brae, following the cobbled road down to the water from here.Rosslyn ChapelPossibly Edinburgh’s most popular attraction that’s not actually in Edinburgh, the success of the book and film The DaVinci Code (filmed on location here) has brought many a curious visitor to this beautiful church, looking for clues to the mythical Holy Grail. Fictional references aside, the incredible stone carvings preserved here since the fifteenth century, in particular the famous Apprentice Pillar, are enough to wow anyone. Make a day of it and explore the path that runs past the Chapel grounds and through the gorgeous greenery of Roslin Glen Country Park. Festival? What Festival?How to get to Rosslyn ChapelThe village of Roslin (with its confusing alternative spelling) is seven miles from Edinburgh and easily accessed by catching bus no. 15 from Lothian Road. Pentland HillsClimbed Arthur’s Seat but can’t get enough of those gradients? Never fear, Edinburgh and its surrounding area has plenty of inclines to tackle, and amongst the most scenic are found in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, south of the city. You’ll find lots of routes from various starting points but a popular one is the Capital View Walk, from Hillend Country Park – an easy three-mile circuit that allows you ample opportunities to admire the turrets and spires of Edinburgh’s skyline in the distance.How to get to Pentland HillsIt depends on your chosen route, but bus no. 4 or 15 goes to the Hillend starting point, or access the hills from Bonaly (no.10), Fairmilehead (no.11) or Hunters Tryst (no. 16 or 27). There are car parks at Flotterstone Information Centre, Harlaw and Threipmuir. Explore more of Scotland on your Edinburgh trip, with these tips for going even further afield…Scotland’s best beachesScotland is where you’ll find 10% of Europe’s coastline and more than 800 islands, and the great news is that you’ll often have the place to yourself – bar the odd seal, seabird or even dolphin. Incredible views around ScotlandSo you’ve been to Edinburgh, where to next? Get inspired with these stunning photos from around beautiful Caledonia.Spotted in Scotland: top Scottish film locationsWith Scotland’s landscapes being used as the setting for so many productions, you could actually plan a whole holiday around visiting awesome filming locations that there’s even a word for doing just that – set-jetting.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map CramondWith its romantic causeway at the mercy of the Firth of Forth tides, and a tiny centre consisting mainly of whitewashed brickwork, the old harbour and obligatory local pub, Cramond is the very definition of a quaint seaside village. Check the tide times here and plan your walk across to Cramond Island, site of former World War II defences. Don’t worry if you miss your chance, though – there are lovely, if bracing, walks to be had along the seafront, while The Cramond Inn does a mean line in pie-and-mash style comfort food and cheaper pints than you’ll find in many central Edinburgh pubs. On a budget? We’ve got more money-saving tips on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe here.How to get to CramondBus no. 41 will take you from Edinburgh straight to the main street in Cramond. Blackford HillOfficially the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve, the focal point here is Blackford Hill, home of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory. Check the Visitor Centre website to find out dates of their Public Astronomy Evenings this year, for fascinating tours and the chance to use the powerful telescopes to observe the heavens. During the day, the hill has a handy map at the top telling you which of Edinburgh’s many other peaks you can see off in the distance. Take the stiff but short climb up, or follow the gentler walking routes around Blackford Pond and the ‘Braid Burn’ – the stream which runs through the nature reserve. You might even spot an otter, a kingfisher or a heron in these peaceful wetlands.How to get to Blackford HillLothian buses can drop you off near various different entrances to the reserve. For Blackford Hill and the Observatory, take the 41 from The Mound, or for the Hermitage of Braid western entrance, jump on a 11, 15, 15A or 16 from Lothian Road. Image: prettyemmy, CC BY-SA 2.0..Jupiter ArtlandFor an alternative arts experience, journey into Jupiter Artland, one of the most unusual places to visit near Edinburgh – an outdoor complex of avant-garde sculpture, installation and landscape art set in beautiful parkland to the west of the city. A rotating programme of exhibitions, nature walks and craft workshops caters for all ages and children in particular will love the sense of fun in this expansive, large-scale artistic playground.How to get to Jupiter ArtlandJupiter Artland is 25 minutes from Edinburgh by car, or you can get the First bus no. 27 or X27 from Regent Road in the city centre. Look out for the gates to your right after passing Wilkieston. ![](https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/ad/N5960.152879.SKYSCANNER/B9723587.133251306;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp];dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=?” BORDER=0 WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 ALT=”Advertisement “”)PortobelloEdinburgh’s seaside and affectionately known as ‘Porty’ by Edinburghers, this former Victorian resort has plenty of faded charm and – crucially during August – the chance of a bit of peace and quiet. Of course, on hot days you’ll be sharing the beach with rapidly reddening locals desperate for some sunshine, but on most days you can claim a patch of pebbles for yourself. Walk, rollerblade or bike down the esplanade (you could even cycle all the way to Musselburgh using the Coastal Path), and call in at one of the city’s cosiest pubs, the Espy. Handy if it starts chucking it down with rain while you’re having a paddle, the Espy has a robust menu of food, cocktails and hot toddys, as well as a cubby hole of board games in the back room.How to get to PortobelloThe easiest way to get to Portobello, Lothian bus no. 26 from Princes Street. Image: Chris Combe, CC BY 2.0.. North BerwickIt’s well worth taking a day trip out to North Berwick, especially in the summer months, when you can make the ferry crossing to bird-watcher’s paradise, the Bass Rock. Now one of David Attenborough’s favourite spots and famous as the roost of more than 150,000 gannets, this strategically-placed island was once fought over by Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as being the site of a fortress prison. The harbour is also home to the Scottish Seabird Centre, and the town has some of the finest hotels near Edinburgh, including the MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa, with its prime position next to both the seafront and North Berwick Golf Club.How to get to North BerwickGet the train from Edinburgh Waverley station – they run every hour during the day and the journey takes around 30 minutes.last_img

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