I'm going to be in Edinburgh next week, during the Fringe Festival, by myself for a few days before catching up with my husband in England and am looking for some dining suggestions. Not looking for multi course trendy dining, tend to eat a lot of Turkish, Italian/pizza, Spanish, Indian and fish and chips when traveling in other parts of the UK.
Fringe Festival-I think I'm going to book La Clique (love their counterpart La Soiree) and someone recommended another cabaret act called Fascinating Aida, anything else I should be sure to check out? Already have a ticket for the military tattoo.
Considering a West Highlands & Loch tour with either Rabbies or Timberbush, they appear to be almost identical in content, Rabbies has slightly better reviews, is more expensive and less people by about 1/2. Any thoughts?
Need a gift for my cat sitter, she says she is Scottish but her mother's maiden name is Mulligan (Irish?) so my idea of getting her a family tartan isn't going to work, she also likes scotch, is there anything I can get in Edinburgh that I can't get back home?
Just a note on the restaurants, be aware that many restaurants will not take reservations during the Fringe so it's really just luck if you get a place in your chosen restaurant. My advise, don't start your restaurant hunting with an empty stomach!
I would recommend 'The Hairy Coo' Tour Co. for tours instead of the one you mentioned above. They are smaller scale, absolutely knowledgeable and professional with a fun twist. I've done the free day trip with them and it was really good!
Enjoy your trip :)
We ate several nights at a fun little pub/whisky restaurant called Whiski Bar & Restaurant-they had a great burger, awesome fries and was warm, welcoming, and the staff was a lot of fun. It is right on the Royal Mile.
Scotch is a great gift idea. I bought my husband 3 varieties of scotch, each aged in a different used cask (i.e., one used for port, one used for sancerre). I ensured that all were not available outside Scotland. The Royal Mile Whiskies has a great selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff and an easy location.
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