About joan w
Lives in Lexington, Kentucky
Since Aug 2008
Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites
Art Galleries, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Natural History Museums, Speciality Museums
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Ships, Speciality Museums
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles
Gift & Speciality Shops, Factory Tours
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
The desserts here are a feast for the eyes and a stop makes for a welcome pause on a busy day in Old Town.
Astonishing collection of Old Masters in a very beautiful setting.
Off the beaten path but worth the bus ride and half mile walk up a gentle incline. Very well preserved and has interesting internal staircases that kids were enjoying.
Ii believe this 200 year old garden has 10 greenhouses to explore. The landscape plan here is phenomenal being the age it is and has wonderful tree specimens.
I always like museums that demonstrate how people used to live in various eras and this one certainly does that. I would go to the new addition of the National Museum of Scotland first though if you're limited on time.
Beautiful buildings near the university and Nicolson St which has great shopping
A walk down the Royal Mile in Old Town is like taking a trip in a time machine. There is so much to see and wonder at.
A fun side trip by bus, plan 3 hours.A look into how royalty used to travel to visit their possessions. Entrance located inside a huge shopping mall so you can pick up anything you forgot to pack.
Loved this cathedral as it offers wonderful concerts open to the public for low or no cost. The acoustics and organ are world class.
Edinburgh is so fortunate to have 2 enormous castles to visit. This one is still in use by the royal family and you can visit another of Mary Queen of Scots' private rooms.
On the mound, central to everything, you can find extensive whiskey offerings in the restaurant and purchase bottles on the other side. Edinburgh's own beer, Innis and Gunn is almost impossible to find in the states but can be had on draught here. Very nice menu, had lunch here twice.
Tanjore is a wonderful place to eat near hotels that are about a half mile off the Royal Mile. Their specialty is called dosas, a large lentil pancake served with sauces and meats of your choosing. These were outstanding but the wait staff could be a bit more upbeat.
When you tire from shopping on Princes Street, this cozy pub is a block away down in a cozy cellar which must be hundreds of years old. The menu is extensive and there are a full range of alcoholic beverages, including many single malts.
Right outside the castle courtyard, this store has four floors of all your plaid and tourist item needs. I especially enjoyed the fabric department where there are many books to help you find your family's tartan. They sell small remnant bags of plaid which I used later to make Christmas ornaments.
This lovely museum is near Dean Village and is accessible by bus. It is located in a beautiful park which is near the first Modern Art. Lunch is available in a pretty cafe and the food was very well-prepared.
A visit to Edinburgh is not complete without going to one of this type of attractions. It is amazing to me that people actually lived under the streets above and that these rooms are so well preserved. The plague is brought to life by the sample bedroom and story of the "healer" who visited.
Cozy pub near Parliament and Holyrood. Had a wonderful salmon dish, there is nothing as good as scottish salmon! Astonishing selection of pizza varieties served in the evening.
If you have time, sit in on a session of Parliament, it's interesting to observe the speeches on diverse topics delivered in an entertaining way at times.There is an exhibit on Scottish history on the ground level and tours are available. The cost of this unusual building was phenomenal. Anywhere else, I'd think it was great but sticks out like a sore thumb in this medieval town.
This is the number one place to visit in Edinburgh. Lines for tickets can be long but once you're in, stay for the day and enjoy the cafe lunch which is great, or do the free whiskey tasting halfway up. This castle seems to just emerge from the rock, how did they do that?
There's so much to see on a stroll down the Royal Mile. All the tourist shops are here, as well as some trendy boutiques and kilt shops. You'll see men in kilts and fashionable women and maybe a bagpipe player or parade.
The Portrait Gallery may be the most beautiful building I've ever been in. It is simply stunning everywhere. The art is wonderful, especially loved the portrait of King GeorgeIII and Queen Charlotte.
This area is the newer part of town, only 250 years old or so. It's very bustling and offers modern stores of all kinds. You can try the new tram or a bus: they all seem to stop on Princes Street. Jenners is the major department store on the street--it's gallery style and the staff is very helpful.