Yes...although we would like to provide you with the most alternative
and anti-touristy tips and places Edinburgh has to offer, we also feel
the need to offer you the chance to experience Edinburgh´s
historic Old Town, and with it its indispensable touristy
You might want to be aware of the fact that today surely everyone will
notice that you are a tourist, which is no shame at all. Not that
surprising that most of the people you are going to see on your route
today are tourists, too. So there is no need to hide...today is YOUR
day to free the tourist in you...YOUR day to explore one souvenirshop
after the other and YOUR day to stunningly stop and stare with your
head thrown back so to see this impressive building in front of you.
To start this extraordinary day you climb up the four floors of the
Scott´s Monument, which is situated in the heart of Princes
Street. Hopefully it is a sunny day so that you have a clear
overallview of Edinburgh in its full pride...the Monument´s
four different viewpoints serve you with exclusive and accurate windy
views to the North Sea, up Princes Street, down Princes Street with
Carlton Hill & the Balmoral Hotel´s Big Ben...like
clock in the background, and of course an excellent view of the Old
Town and its Castle.
Due to the fact that there are two other excellent viewpoints like
Carlton Hill and Arthur´s Seat...which are, by the way, for
free...you might not want to spend £3 on Scott´s
Monument. Nevertheless it is higly recommended, unless you are
either afraid of heights, fat or claustrophobic. However, if you like
cosy, dark spiral stair cases that lead you up the way...and force you
to squeeze yourself past the descending strangers...it is worth the
After getting the first impression of the day from above you need to
head to the Royal Mile – approximately a mile long, partly
still pretty royal and the one and only pedestrian zone in Edinburgh.
For those of you who are into tartans, scottish scarves, Kilts,
Shortbread or other Scottish specialities - used by tourist as
souvenirs for the loved ones who stayed at home: this is paradise -
including high class cashmere shops as well as affordable shops to buy
ordinary touristy things.
For the rest of you it might be satisfying enough to go in one of the
stores, guess about the other´s supply and move on to fulfill
their task as a proper tourist. Therefore you pass the Heart of
Midlothian to your left, right in front of the Church and spit right in
the middle of it. Indeed, this probably is the only place in Scotland
where you are asked to spit in public.
Afterwards the next attraction waits just around the corner –
a donkey riding a horse – actually this is the statue of an
admiral, but unfortunately there were made some architectical mistakes
in the past so that it now looks a bit displaced and is banished
inbetween lots of parking spots.