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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2016
Driving from Airport to the City  (25 Answers)

Arrival June 2015

If we pick up a rental car in the morning is there a good place to park near the western side of the city? I'm guessing parking then taking public transport is advisable. In hopes of doing so by around noon would there likely be time to visit some attractions in that area? Perhaps the castle if we're alert enough? G-g-grandparents were married in St. Cuthbert's so that's a must. Driving into the city proper seems unwise.

We're staying in Musselburgh and would like to see something of Edinburgh before heading that way. The route looks quite straightforward but I wonder about late afternoon traffic. Should we wait until sometime after 6:00 PM to avoid rush hour? 

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2016
First time visit to Edinburgh, Scotland .. I need some advises.  (9 Answers)

Hi .. I need some ideas / opinions what is the closest / nearest hotel (4 stars hotel) to Waverley Station? As what come into my mind now from searching online, I have 2 hotels preferences in Edinburgh to stay : Old Town Chambers & Fraser Suites Edinburgh.

I'm planning to have my tour to Scotland from London, so I will be arriving Edinburgh from London by train in the afternoon, and the next morning we are planning to join for the tour to the Highland and SKYE, and the tour will depart from 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. That's why I'm looking for the closest hotel to the Royal Mile and Waverley Station as well. So anyone of you can give me your ideas please? Which one of that 2 is nicer and closer to both 1 Parliament Square and Waverley Station.

Besides, as we plan to arrive Edinburgh on 13th December in the afternoon, we will have 1 night to spend to stroll around Edinburgh, on the 14th - 16th December we will have our tour outside Edinburgh, and on 16th december at night will be back Edinburgh staying for 1 more night, on 17 December evening around 3pm we will be heading back to London by train. So do you think can we have enough time to stroll around for some nice and interesting places in Edinburgh for less than 2 days in total?

Usually in December how many degrees the weather in Scotland (Edinburgh, The highland and SKYE) and what should we bring as this is my first time visit to Scotland, so I want to have my memorable and enjoyable holiday in Scotland :-) Should we bring raincoat, umbrella, etc?

Thank you so much and your ideas / advise will be so appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2016
Xmas restaurants on a budget  (2 Answers)

Are there any take away / fast food restaurants open in Edinburgh on Xmas day ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2016
Should I bring my big luggage on my visit to Scotland from London?  (17 Answers)

I'm from Indonesia and planning to visit Scotland from London this coming December 2016. My itinerary will be start in London on my first arrival, then on the 3rd day, I'm planning to go to Edinburgh by train for 5-6 days and I'm just wondering if is it possible to bring my big luggage about 24" and cabin luggage with me in the train to Edinburgh? or should I just leave the big luggage in the left luggage in London station? since this is my first visit to UK and Scotland, so it would be so appreciated if anyone can give us advise or suggestion for this matter. Thank you so much for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2016
Edinburgh to glasgow  (9 Answers)

I need to make the 0548 sleeper at glasgow station but my hotel is in edinburgh. What are my options for transportation at this time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2016
Travel questions  (3 Answers)

¿Cuantos dias se deben dedicar a Edimburgo? ¿Es posible desde allí tomar tours locales para recorrer las Tierras Altas y otros puntos de interés? ¿Es indispensable reservar hoteles con antelación?

How many days you need to visit Edinburgh? Is it possible to take local tours from this city to visit the Highlands and other interesting places? Is it necessary hotel booking previously? The same questions for Glasgow.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2016
Few queries regarding Edinburgh Trip  (6 Answers)

I am from Dublin and would like to visit Edinburgh in July with wife and 2 kids. Please help me to plan my trip.

1. Is there any public transport available from the Edinburgh airport to Edinburgh city centre?

2. What is the mode to pay for travel in Scotland (Edinburgh) via public transport - Coins & Notes (Sterling) / Credit or Debit cards / Travel Cards? Would I be able to buy tickets via Irish visa debit cards from the driver?

2. Any theme parks accessible via public transport in Edinburgh?

3. How to reach M&D's - Scotlands theme park in Edinburgh from city centre?

Appreciate your help...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2016
Cheaper to buy day tour packages locally than online?  (7 Answers)

I will be at Edinburgh for 3 days early July. Thinking of going to Loch to see if I can find Nessie :p and maybe take a look at the Scottish highlands .So my questions are :
1) is it cheaper to buy day packages locally at Edinburgh? Or cheaper to book online?
2) is Loch Ness accessible by train? able to do free and easy sightseeing? Cheaper than option 1?

Btw I will be staying at one of the Destiny student double room with private bathroom. If any lady travelling solo would like to share the room at 33 pounds per night, let me know :D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2016
traveling mid to end may this year- only have 6 full days  (15 Answers)

Traveling with my 20 yr old daughter
we will walk all over city what are the must do's
islands? castle? top 5 must do things-
love also f there are hiking ideas as well
not into museums-or shopping for traditional items - more into unique
and ofcourse we love to eat

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2016
left luggage, but not at the airport  (7 Answers)

Hey guys,
My boyfriend and I are flying to Edinburgh on Thursday. We are planning to hike for around 9 days and then to drive through Scotland and England. It would be so great to have some fresh clothes after stinking for 9 days :D Is there any possibility to store some luggage for several days except the left luggage service at the airport? The service there is very expensive. Thank you! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2016
Edinburgh transport from airport  (8 Answers)

Hi guys I am flying into Edinburgh Airport and staying in Edinburgh City Centre by Reserve Appartments. I believe it's near the Royal Mile. Can anybody suggest how to get there using the public transport system? TIA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2016
Theatre in edinburgh  (9 Answers)

Can anyone please tell me if there is a theatre near Edinburgh Zoo? If so is the Zoo and theatre far from the centre as i have been reading reviews that the Zoo is hard top find.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2016
Visiting castle and the green hills of Scotland  (16 Answers)

After asking about castle hotels in the Dublin forum (for Dublin and Edinburgh) and having done some more research, we found out that a few of them were already fully booked, were too expensive or not as available as we would like them to be.

We have therefor decided that we would most likely stay in Edinburgh and make a day trip or two to visit a castle and maybe have lunch or afternoon tea and a walk in the area if possible. Any suggestions for this?

We are also interested in visiting an area were we can see and maybe take a hike in the "green hills of Scotland" and visit a smaller town. Does anyone have suggestions for this.

We would prefer to travel by public transportation.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2016
seeking accomodation edinburgh  (2 Answers)

hi me and my comrade are looking to move to Edinburgh around march 2016 , we would like to rent two bed apartment ,but would need to find somewhere to rest awhile ,while we search being we are both late 40s rather not do hostles or pay too much either as you can appreciate settling anew is already costly any suggestions would be great. I was in Edinburgh last year and fell in love with it ,maybe its my Scottish roots surname( mackay) apparently hale from the highlands where I hope to be skiing. many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2015
Boxing Day  (7 Answers)

I'll be in Edinburgh over the Christmas holiday and wondering what will be open on Boxing Day. I know the museums and castles are closed, but what about shops and restaurants? Will there be anything for me to do that day?

Also, on Christmas day I want to eat somewhere nice but not stuffy - kind of old school/traditional with a good, warm environment. I'm staying in New Town and will be alone. Any advice?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2015
Visiting student at University Edinburgh in December  (9 Answers)

I will be visiting daughter at University of Edinburgh in mid-December. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel walking distance from both university, sites, restaurants?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2015
Edinburgh for a solo female traveller on a £30 per day budget, any tips? (Dec 17-19)  (5 Answers)

I am thinking of spending a few days just to experience Edinburgh for a bit and see/do some useful things. On a budget, obviously. Not planning on doing a lot of outdoor sightseeing or shopping. Perhaps would be nice to experience some real proper Scotch whiskey. :) :) :) How cold will it be during those times, any tips on winter wear? Also, is it safe for a female 30yo? Dates: Dec 17 - 19 Accomodation preference: hostel/community accomodation (anything lively and with other travellers, I like meeting people) 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2015
Public transport in Edinburgh  (3 Answers)

I have heard that there are day tickets at 3.5 pounds that allow you to travel freely on public transport for 24 hours. Is this true and if so, where can we buy them? Would it be possible to get to Rosslyn Chapel, using such a ticket or is it not valid for that zone? And how to get to Rosslyn Chapel from Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Newington? And one more thing - what would (roughly) be the taxi fare from the airport to Pollock Halls? Thank you ever so much. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2015
How to book a room at a Travelodge in Edinburgh?  (7 Answers)

Over a fortnight ago we tried to book a room at a Travelodge in Edinburgh. We followed the procedure, filled in all the data, gave them our bank account number and clicked OK to complete the booking. We expected a confirmation of the booking but instead we got the information that our booking was unsuccessful. Strangely enough, Travelodge did not book a room for us but it ring fenced the amount on our bank account, which meant two weeks' waiting till the money was unblocked. I complained and got a reply which didn't solve the problem. Now today, over two weeks later, when the money was returned to us we tried to make the booking again. And guess what happened? Exactly the same. We now have quite a large sum of money ring fenced (i.e. inaccessible to us) and still no booking. I really don't know what to do. We have air tickets for 5 September and the money will not be accessible till then. Does anybody happen to know what we can do about this? And please don't suggest we phone them - we tried but waited and waited listening to the music till our phone account ran out. International phone calls from Poland are really expensive. For the time being, I sent them another complaint by e-mail and am waiting for a reply, but without much hope.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2015
Hiring a car in Edinburgh  (15 Answers)

I need advice about hiring a car in Edinburgh. Is it necessary to make the arrangements in advance? We are going in September. We have had some bad experience connected with payments (for accommodation) on the net and would prefer to arrange the hire on our arrival at the airport. Do you think this is possible? What car hire firms would you recommend? We need a small car and don't want to pay a fortune. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2015
Hotel in Edinburgh  (3 Answers)

My husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Edinburgh. Never been there before. We will not have a card. Do we want to stay in Old Town? or New Town? We like to be able to walk out and be in the middle of everything. I have looked at some of the hotels. The Witchery looks interesting - well, very different, but maybe a little spooky. Comment? Also looked at The Glasshouse - then read a number of negative comments on TripAdvisor. Another I was looking at was GV Royal Mile. Any comments on hotels and whether or not to stay in Old Town? I just read above about restaurants - looks like the better restaurants are outside of the Royal Mile. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. Oh, we'll be going the very end of September or first of October. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
What sights would you suggest for a one/two day trip to Edinburgh  (8 Answers)

Question as in the title

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
How many days would you stay in the city if you just have 14 days in Scotland  (6 Answers)

And would you start your Highland-tour clockwise or counter clockwise ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2015
car rental  (8 Answers)

Greetings. I am thinking about renting a Ford C Max from Edinburgh airport to drive to Fort William. I've never driven one of these cars. Do you think it will handle the highland roads ok, or should I opt for a slightly bigger VW Passat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2015
Highlander  (2 Answers)

Where could I find one shop or outlet where I can find Highlander articles?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2015
Night out for 30-somethings  (2 Answers)

I am lookimg for recommendations for a 30-something crowd in the city center. Anyone? Thanks in advance, Mike

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2015
Ingliston Park and Ride - long term stay?  (4 Answers)

Dear VT members,
I need to leave my car for 9 days near Edinburgh airport. I have found Ingliston Park and Ride to be very convenient and free. However, they indicate no overnight stay in website. Is there any VT member who left his car there for a long duration? I don't want to find my car towed when I arrive back. If this will certainly happen, where do you suggest to park the car?
Thank you for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2015
Driving, parking, hotel during Tattoo  (16 Answers)

Unless I can come up with a better idea, we are flying into Edinburgh on Friday morning, picking up a car at the airport, driving to Loch Lomond so my husband can do a swim on Saturday morning, driving back to Edinburgh for the Tattoo Saturday night (tickets are still available as of a few minutes ago for the 7:30 show) and then leaving Sunday morning to head north.

So if we are coming back from Loch Lomond, is there any place close enough to Edinburgh that we can stay with parking, free or pay, and take a train/bus into Edinburgh? Or maybe a train station where we can park overnight and then continue onto a nearby hotel? Or maybe there's long term cheaper parking at the airport? Obviously hotels are at a premium although I can still find one but I'm also not wild about actually driving into Edinburgh city center since we will already have the opposite side of the road issue to worry about.

Maybe an airport hotel? Queensferry? Leith? Mainly I'm concerned about ease of finding it and ease of getting into the city center. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
A few hours in Edinburgh  (12 Answers)

Can you tell me what is possible to do in a few hours from 7 am to 3 pm in Edinburgh?
Is it maybe possible to go to Glasgow or St Andrews?
Is it possible to go to Arthur's seat early in the morning? How long does it take from Masson House to get to Arthur's seat?
Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2015
Airbnb Edinburgh  (5 Answers)

Hi All,

I have just booked to stay in this beautiful, central apartment in the Old Town of Edinburgh:

We are arriving via train which is ideal because Waverley Station appears to be a very short walk away from this apartment on Jeffrey Street, however while we are there we want to hire a car (so that my wife can visit some relatives in Glasgow) and although I can see that there is 'metered' on-street parking - I was wondering if anyone was aware of any alternatives?

Thank you for your attention!

Jerry Dawson

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