15 Edinburgh Scotland Travel Mistakes to Avoid So that You Can Pretend You’re A Local (And Maybe Even Pull It Off. But My Scottish Accent Sucks so There’s No Hope for Me)

July 8, 2017

Danger, danger! Edinburgh Scotland Travel Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague!

So, you’ve taken the plunge and are journeying to the land of kilts, bagpipes, Haggis, and tartan (not plaid guys which is what this naive American totally confused it with)? Good for you! You are going to have the most EPIC of times because quite honestly, I cried when I left (and that is a high compliment indeed since I NEVER do that. I am so not a cryer).

I love how the beauty of the modern and the historic seamlessly intertwine in Edinburgh to create a bright and vibrant future.

But besides the multitude of Scottish stereotypes circulating around the globe, what do you really need to know about this land of green and well, lots of rain? I mean sure, we all know that Mel Gibson starred in the film Braveheart, about the fight for Scottish independence (that doesn’t count because it’s a movie) but that knowledge isn’t gonna help you navigate the not so man streets of Edinburgh (Don’t worry because chances are you probably already know way more than me because I wasn’t even sure if Scotland was its own country. but it is and is a part of the United Kingdom as are Wales, England, and Northern Ireland).

Well I am here to help, even if my knowledge of Scottish social and political history is lacking. After visiting this amazing city, I do have some (hopefully) helpful and maybe even practical pointers to throw at you before you set foot in this eternally cloudy, damp, and cold country in the United Kingdom (but the people are so warm and friendly that the weather is secondary).

No, I am not some Scotland guru who visited once and thinks she knows  the ins and outs of Scotland, like a local (I don’t even know that much about New York and I have lived here my whole life). Rather, I am just a weary traveller who visited this region and made a ton of novice mistakes along the way. I want you to weave and bob away from these Edinburgh Scotland travel mistakes so that your trip is even better than mine. Because in the end, I want you to fall head over heels in love with Edinburgh, Scotland, just like me (Oh I fell and I fell hard).

1. Avoiding the Bus

Normally, I HATE buses with a burning passion since they are slow, crowded, unreliable, and are always stuck in traffic. For an added bonus of misery, they also tend to smell like BO (body odor) but that’s a story for another post. That’s why when I travel, I typically use the metro as my primary mode of public transportation. However, that was all before I hopped on a bus in Edinburgh, Scotland. These buses put all other public buses to shame since they come fully loaded  with electronic screens that detail not only what stop you are at but the time until your arrival at various other stops along the bus line (most but not all the buses have this). Throw in some bus only lanes that help you avoid traffic, and you have an easy and efficient way to get around the city. Oh, and did I mention that all bus stops have electronic signs that detail both the number of the bus line and the minutes until its arrival? I was totally blown away by this technological awesomeness and am now forced to rethink my entire perception of public buses.

Listed below are various Edinburgh points of interest and the buses you can use to get there.

Avoiding public buses is one of the many Edinburgh Scotland travel mistakes because from the bus, you also get a view of the Princes Street Gardens.

For The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh Castle, and the Literary Pub Tour take the 23, 27, 41, 42, or 67 to the George the IV Bridge stop.

For the Royal Yacht Britannia take the 11, 22, 34, 35, or 36 to the Ocean Terminal stop.

For Dynamic Earth, Arthur’s Seat, Scottish Parliament, the Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House take the 35 or 6 to the Holyrood stop. 

For the Scottish National Museum take the 8, 37, or 31 to the Chambers Street Stop.

For the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art take the 13, 901, and 906.

***On older buses that are not outfitted with electronic route maps, sit on the left side of the bus so that you can read the bus stop name as you drive by. This way, you can figure out where you are since the bus driver won’t announce the stop. Also remember to push the stop button so the driver knows you want to get off at a particular stop.

2. No Exact Change for the Lothian Buses (Public Buses in Edinburgh)

The ONLY down side of taking the bus is that you need to have cash and it needs to be exact change because otherwise, you won’t get any change back. Single ride tickets cost £1.60 so before I even left for the day, I would meticulously analyze each coin I had (because lets be honest, I had no idea what any of them were worth and didn’t want to look like a total idiot on the bus) and create £1.60 piles based on the number of bus tickets I would need for the day. That way, when I got on the bus, I could efficiently and easily throw my exact change in the machine and procure my ticket. Sure, it’s annoying that you don’t get change back but it’s also a great way to get rid of excess coins (Also note that day passes for adults are available for £4. For children they are £2, and for families they are £8.50. All day passes include unlimited rides on public buses for the day).

Don’t let the blue sky fool you. Edinburgh is a very damp and rainy place.

3. Not carrying a raincoat or umbrella at ALL times (a raincoat is better because it can be windy)

Okay, Scotland can be a bit cold and rainy.  I lucked out and had two days of pure, sunshiney heaven, but that is not the norm. But Edinburgh can be a cold and cloudy place with frequent passing showers.  The skies can literally open up at any moment and just down pour on you. That’s why it is imperative that you are always prepared for the temperamental weather and carry an umbrella or rain coat on you at all times.

I mean, at any moment a disgruntled rogue cloud could just randomly rain all over you and then you would be left standing there both cold and miserable which is nobody’s idea of a good time. That’s why you need to be prepared and always have protective rain gear handy; something I never do in the US since it’s usually sunny. Actually, come to think of it, I don’t even own an umbrella in the US. Oooppppsss.

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4. Using the hop on hop off bus

There are a couple of different hop on hop off bus companies that offer daily tickets for around $20. But why would you want to pay so much when public buses here are cheap, easy to use, and take you anywhere that your little tourist heart desires?

The only way I could see this bus being useful is if you had 24 hours in the city and literally just wanted to sit on the bus and observe all the sites that Edinburgh has to offer. Otherwise, the price of this bus is just not worth it, especially since Edinburgh is a highly walkable city that is super easy to navigate. So do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and step away from the hop on hop off bus.

5. Assuming you’ll be able to understand everyone because they speak English

With a view like this, you may not even care if you understand what people are saying.

The people of Edinburgh do indeed speak English, but that doesn’t mean you will understand what some of the citizenry here are saying. I mean, the accent here is so thick that there will be at least one moment when someone is chatting with you and you haven’t the faintest idea of what they are saying. Sure, you know they’re speaking English but that’s pretty much all you know. So you just sit there and pleasantly smile and nod because you don’t want to be the jerk that makes someone automatically dislike every other American they ever meet (that could also just be a fear of mine but I like to leave a good impression, even if I have no clue what you’re saying).

6. Wearing shorts. EVER.

So I booked my trip to Edinburgh and thought, “Well it’s July and Scotland is in the Northern Hemisphere so surely I should bring some summer clothes. Right?” No, a thousand times no. Scotland is cold, even when its sunny and its summer. The only person who probably should wear shorts in Scotland is someone who is used to the climate and thinks that 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) is absolutely balmy and damn near a heat wave.

So leave your daisy dukes and flip flops at home. Instead pack a raincoat and all that warm weather clothing that is super bulky and really annoying to stuff in your bag. But honestly, if you don’t pack a coat, sweater, scarf, boots, and a hat, you’re gonna walk down the Royal Mile and buy all this cold weather gear anyway because you’ll be freezing!! And if you buy all this gear at an overpriced souvenir shop, when you already have it all at home, then that would be a waste of money that could be better spent while living it up in Edinburgh.

But keep in mind that while it is chilly, it’s not subarctic so it’s not like you need to wear twelve layers of wool just to keep from getting frost bite. Just err on the side of warmth and pack extra layers so you can bundle up when the wind kicks in and you want to scream at the heavens, “Really? How can this be summer? We are in the Northern Hemisphere!”

7. Looking left before crossing the Street

For the love of God, look right! You are in the United Kingdom and everyone drives on the left side of the road. But it is so ingrained in me to look left before I cross the street, that I actively had to tell myself to look right so that I didn’t get pummeled by a quick moving double decker bus.
However, it was a struggle to break this long suffering habit. I actually had to stand on the road and actively look back and forth across the street a couple of times just to make sure that the street was actually safe to cross. Honestly, I probably looked like an escapee from the insane asylum because of the number of times I looked back and forth across the street, but whatever. I didn’t want to end up in a body cast while I was there, so the strange looks were totally worth it.

8. Assuming a hike up Arthur’s Seat will be a light stroll

A stunning view of Salisbury Crags from Calton Hill.

Right, the short answer is no. Hiking up Arthur’s Seat is actually pretty daunting. I mean, I am no triathlete so I was definitely huffing and puffing on the way up. And then of course you see some Ironman bounding up the hill like a freakin gazelle and you want to punch him for making you feel like Jabba Da Hud as you ascend this Edinburgh icon.

But on a more serious note, just be prepared for a somewhat strenuous hike of 3 miles that will probably take between an hour and a half and two hours, round trip. Now, when I say be prepared, I mean that I would not wear my new Gucci shoes and a form fitting dress as I attempt this hike. This is one of those experiences where comfort and practicality totally supersede any and all need to look good.

Therefore, I would bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks because there is no where to procure supplies on Arthur’s Seat (Trust me, you don’t want to release the hangry beast within because you haven’t eaten after hiking all morning). Also pack some sunscreen since there is not a lot of shade on the hill itself. Leave the hat at home though since its super windy at the top; a fact hat will render your hat totally useless up there. In terms of foot wear, you won’t need supercharged, Everest level hiking boots, but I would wear comfy sneakers with grip since some of the trails can be a bit narrow and quite rocky.

***Arthur’s Seat is the second hill that you see when looking at this extinct volcano from Edinburgh. The first hill is actually Salisbury Crags, so don’t ascend this hill thinking it’s Arthur’s Seat.

***Since most people ascend Arthur’s Seat from Holyrood Park the trail here can become rather crowded. Therefore, go early to try and avoid the crowds (easy to do since the summer days are long). Also try and go on a clear day since the local clouds tend to leave a looming mist that obscures the panoramic view of Edinburgh from the top. 

***Also note that the trail from Salisbury Crags ascends and then descends dramatically. Do not worry because you are totally on the right path. Eventually the trail winds back up Arthur’s Seat so don’t panic when the trail starts heading down hill.

***There is no admission fee. Plus, the entrance is located near Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Parliament (also free), and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Therefore you can hike Arthur’s Seat in the morning and then visit some of these other attractions in the afternoon.

9. Enduring the museum line for the Crown Jewels

Thank God you don’t have to dress up, like this awesome street performer, just to see the Crown Jewels.

Oh hey, who doesn’t like crown jewels? They’re shiny and sparkly and oh so pretty right? I mean how can you not see them while visiting Edinburgh Castle? Yeah I get it, that’s what the internal dialogue in everyone’s head sounds like. That’s why the line to see the Crown Jewels can be almost an hour long, that  is if you wait on the line to see both the crown jewels and their associated museum.

Well, this history nerd, I mean enthusiast, can honestly say that the museum for the Crown Jewels is kind of lame. Anyone on this line is just here to see the Crown Jewels (Okay I saw one person actually look at the museum but you get the point). So do yourself a favor and skip the needlessly long wait.

Instead, walk into the main courtyard where the Great Hall is located, and access the Crown Jewels from this line (More exactly, the crown jewels are located on the first floor of the Royal Palace  and on the East side of Crown Square). The line here is so much shorter since you don’t unnecessarily meander through a museum that no one really looks at.

***Fun little fact, the crown jewels of Scotland are known as the “Honours” of Scotland and are the oldest set of Royal Regalia in Britain. The crown, sword, and sceptre were first used together at the coronation of the nine-month-old Mary Queen of Scots (I thought this was cool because sadly, I think this is the only Scottish monarch that I actually know of). 

10.  Discussing the Trams

You know how you never bring up politics or religion in polite conversation because it never ends well? Yeah, the trams are kind of like that in Edinburgh. It’s a super sore topic of conversation for locals so best leave this subject alone. Now, to not so adeptly change the subject, where’s my deep fried Mars bar?

11. Rubbing the nose of Greyfriar’s Bobby

For those of you who aren’t in the know about local Scottish lore, Greyfriar’s Bobby was a Skye Terrier that became famous for allegedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of its owner until the dog himself died himself on 14 January 1872. While the accuracy of this legend is disputed, the infamy of Greyfriar’s Bobby has grown with the establishment of a memorial in 1863 at Greyfriars Kirk Cemetery and the creation of the Greyfriar’s Bobby Pub in honor of this loyal, canine companion.

But whatever you do, do not rub Greyfriar’s Bobby’s nose. Shockingly enough, rubbing the statue’s nose is totally useless and will not inundate you with good luck (while we’re at it, you might as well leave the Loch ness monster alone too). If you do this, not only will everyone know that you’re a tourist, but they will also silently hate you because all the rubbing of the nose actually removes the statue’s paint and corrodes the statue itself. As a result of all this wear and tear, the bronze beneath is coming through and making the nose look shiny and gold (the statue is hollow and actually all black). So do yourself a favor and back away from the nose.

The monument to author Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh.

12. Getting in the Way of Edinburgh University Students (Please, they have to get to class!)

Look I get it. It can be kind of hard to steer clear of students when the university campus is practically on the Royal Mile, but just remember that while you’re there, relaxing on vacation, other people are living their lives and fulfilling daily obligations like school and work. You know, all those annoyingly necessary things in life. That’s why it’s important to be considerate of others and not block the pavement while oohing and aahing at the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby (don’t you touch that nose! lol), or while waiting on line to get into The Elephant House coffee shop (The”supposed” birth place of Harry Potter and a mecca of sorts for Harry Potter fans around the world. I have heard through the grape vine that Spoon is where the real writing has happened).

While you’re snapping that selfie, some poor student is dashing to class to turn that paper in on time after a Monster energy drink fueled all nighter. So just be kind and make space for all the sleep deprived college kids who need to use this public space as an impromptu raceway (Come on guys, GPAs hang in the balance).

13. Losing track of Time

Before I traveled to Scotland, I never realized how far North it was. I just kind of assumed that it was about as far North as New York and that Scotland would have days that were similar in length to my home town. Well boy was I wrong. I literally walked down the street and was bewildered to see all the shops closing when it was still light out. At least, I was confused until I looked at my watch and saw that it was actually 9:30 pm!

So don’t be like me and stay aware of the time so that you can do necessary things like visit attractions or grab dinner before everything closes (I literally didn’t know what to eat since by this point, most of the grocery stores and restaurants were already closed. Thank God for protein bars).

*** And since you’re looking at your watch anyway, don’t forget to marvel at Edinburgh’s one of a kind sunsets (especially if you’re lucky enough to run into some decent weather). For your viewing pleasure grab a blanket, a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee, and enjoy the aptly named golden hour from Calton Hill. One of the most enchanting experiences you can have in Edinburgh.

14. Step Away from the Tourist Bars

Look, I know we are all looking for an “authentic” travel experience but let’s be real, sometimes it can be a real pain in the ass to
find them. You might even be tempted, for convenience sake, to head to one of the bars on either Grassmarket or Rose Street. Well don’t, at least not if you’re looking for a quiet drink, to meet a local, or hell, even get a drink at all.

Sure, these watering holes can be a hoot (yup I said that) during the Fringe Festival and various sporting seasons, but those are the only two times at which such establishments are mildly acceptable. Step into these places any other time of the year and you

One of the many Edinburgh Scotland travel mistakes is not appreciating and ingesting the carb and fat lovers paradise that is a scone slathered in clotted cream and jam. Totally amazing!

will feel like you are participating in an overgrown cattle call.  So avoid feeling like you’re on a farm and head to Sandy Bells on Forrest Road instead. Here, you’ll actually be able to get a drink and hear some live Scottish Folk music in the process.

***I don’t drink so this information was expertly passed on to me by some insanely wise people.

 15. Not inhaling all the Scones and Clotted Cream you can find

At this point you’re probably wondering why there has been no mention of the amazingly vibrant and diverse food scene that Edinburgh has to offer. Well, I wanted to save my favorite tip for last. That and if I’m honest, I can never ignore my stomach for long (God I wish I was one of those people who could eat like a horse and be rail thin).

And while Edinburgh does have a wealth of international and innovative cuisines to order, I like to keep it traditional. Now, if I wasn’t vegetarian I totally would have rocked some Haggis but because I don’t do the meat thing, I indulged in some clotted cream and scones instead.
Now sure, I have eaten Scones and clotted cream once or twice before (I mean in the US we are not TOTAL heathens) and they were okay but nothing to write home about. Actually, the clotted cream was really gross. It was this weird white stuff that came out of a jar and tasted almost like sour cream. I had no idea why you would ever put this on a scone whic
h wasn’t that great either. It was like this dry, saw dusty, pseudo-biscuit that didn’t really set my heart or stomach aflutter.

But that all changed the moment I went to Scotland and realized what a proper scone was. This bakery masterpiece is warmed to perfection and served with a slightly crusty exterior that is complemented by a light, fluffy, and almost pillowy interior. Truly the perfect combination of textures that is balanced out by a slightly sweet yet savory dough that melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. Slather on some fresh clotted cream and a dollop of fresh raspberry jam and you have found the definition of divinity.

Aren’t you glad you read this and can avoid these Edinburgh Scotland travel mistakes (if your answer is no, keep that to yourself)?

So while this list may not make you Scottish enough to pull off a kilt, play the bagpipes, enjoy Haggis, or even understand what some locals are saying, this list will help you make the most out of an epic journey to Edinburgh; a trip that will leave you with just one question, when can I go back? Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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53 Comments

  • Penny 5 months ago

    I love the tip about the tip about the clothing you need to wear. To be honest I made a rookie mistake three years ago. I did not consult GOOGLE! My friend told me that France was going to be colder than my tropical body could bear. So I piled up warm clothes. I landed up in France during a heatwave. It was so hot that it made India seem cool in comparison!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Haha. I always have the opposite problem and pack too light. But thank God they have stores wherever we go but I feel your pain. I saw people wearing shorts and I couldn’t even imagine how that was possible, LoL

  • Miranda 5 months ago

    Two things.. 1: so it’s “tartan” and NOT “plaid”? or are they two totally different things? haha, and 2. their buses sound so awesome! You had a pretty good description of American buses lol.

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      LoL. Thanks for correcting me. Someone else actually pointed it out and I have since changed it but I love learning new things and think its so cool that plaid and tartan are totally different. And American buses are awful. At least in New York!

  • Hayley 5 months ago

    This is actually really funny because I’m from the west of Scotland but lived in Edinburgh for 3 years. Compared to any other Scottish accent the Edinburgh accent is considered to be the weakest. My family actually make fun of me because I’ve picked up an Edinburgh accent and they think that it sounds too plain and almost English! You’d struggle worse in Glasgow!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Haha. I bet I would. And it is terrible because I really want to know what people are saying. And honestly, it wasn’t that bad at all. It was like one guy but still. I had no clue what he was saying. LoL.

  • maegaN 5 months ago

    I LOVE this! I never thought about the “looking right” bit! I cannot wait to explore this amazing city! Thanks for fueling the wanderlust!

  • Natasha 5 months ago

    Your tips are written in such a light and fun manner! Thanks a lot for the enjoyment!

  • Jen 5 months ago

    Awesome post! I would have totally assumed I’d be able to understand everyone and the exact change for the bus is good to know!

  • Chantell Collins 5 months ago

    Wow, this is such a detailed post. I went to Edinburgh 2 years ago in June and definitely agree with packing warmer clothes.

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Thanks so much and yes. I should have actually looked at the weather before I left. Oopppss

  • Naomi 5 months ago

    I love these! I spent four days in Edinburgh last year and it wasn’t enough. Worst part of the experience: coming back to our AirBnB to find burglars still at work!

  • Travelling Dany 5 months ago

    Scotland has been on our bucket list forever. Yet I would’ve never guessed that they had such a great public transport! Also in Ireland you need to have the exact amount for your ticket with you if you want a bus ride, so I’m not surprised, but now I know that renting a car to see Edinburgh would be a waste of money! I also see tha the weather is very Irish… hubby assumed just like you that Ireland was going to have “such a nice weather in Summer”. Think again! 😀

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Haha. So funny and so good to know that when I get to Ireland then I’ll know what to expect. Thanks for the comment and I really hope you get there soon!

  • Ania 5 months ago

    I haven’t been to Edinburgh yet, but I would really love to! Thank you for sharing some awesome tips about visiting the city! Really well-written post as usual!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Thank you so much for such kind words. I so appreciate it and love being helpful!! I hope you get there soon because I truly fell in love with the city.

  • Leah 5 months ago

    LOL I probably would have made the mistake of wearing shorts in the winter too. I had no idea it was so cold all year round!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Me neither. I felt so dumb because after it made total sense. But now I know for next time!

  • Rosalie 5 months ago

    Hahah these are all so true! I lived there for four years as a student, one of which I lived right next to the castle. While it was an incredible experience I was sick to death of dodging people on the way to campus by the end of my lease!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Omg I cannot even imagine. I feel like that walking through Times Square in New York City but thank God i don’t have to deal with it everyday!! Good for you for sticking it out!!

  • Elise 5 months ago

    Haha, this is too funny! Totally agree about shorts – and even on a sunny day it can change in an instant! As a Brit living in Canada this made me miss scones and clotted cream SO much!!

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Aww!! I bet you do!! I miss it too. I also heard that there is clotted cream ice cream that I have to try!!!

  • Allison 5 months ago

    Edinburg is next on my list. I’ve heard nothing but good things. Love your tips about staying away from tourist bars. I always love finding local bars wherever I travel.

    • girlwiththepassport 5 months ago

      Yeah. I try to fllow the locals and avoid selfie sitkcs at all costs. LoL. And by that I mean others. Not my own. Lol

  • Chris C 5 months ago

    #15 sounds too difficult to pull off. Looks like a great place to visit, at least now I know what NOT to do! XD

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      I made a go of it though with the clotted cream and scones. And you need to go! it is such an amazing place! Can’t wait to write about it some more!

  • Josh 5 months ago

    I had no idea what clotted cream was before this but it sounds incredible and artery clogging.

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Omg it is amazing. I feel like the fat content is illegal here but it by far the best thing ever.

  • Tom @ Abroad American 4 months ago

    Public busses are almost always better than the stupid hop-on-hop-off busses! Those things are such a tourist trap. Take the bus, it’s cheaper, and you get a much better feeling for the city since you have to figure out which line to take to where, and when. It’s just a much more intimate interaction with the city than a tourist-targeted bus.

    Also, great points about shorts and having an umbrella – I would totally fall into the same category as you here… :/ I tend to always forget my umbrella! Thanks for sharing, hopefully I’ll get to use these tips on a trip to Edinburgh in the near future!

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Yeah. I never carry umbrellas but it is so necessary there. And I really don’t understand hop on hop off buses. they make absolutely no sense to me at all.

  • Katy 4 months ago

    Great lost in translation observations. Scotland definitely has its own culture and cannot be defined by its proximity to London. I would totally rub the dog nose though!

  • christina 4 months ago

    Great tips, however, the reason not to touch Greyfriars Bobby’s nose is not because they put gold on it, but the constant touching is damaging the statue. The “gold” is actually the polished bronze coming through. Sign me up for Edinburgh anytime! 😉

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I will be sure to amend this. Always love haring from people who are way more knowledgable about these things then me. thanks for the helpful comment!!

  • Onya Attridge 4 months ago

    As a native and guide for the whole of Scotland I just want you to know…

    The tourist/hop on bus is actually great and value for money as there are several deals on them if you get the right ticket and type. I used to be a guide on these and you will learn things about the city which you might not otherwise like learn the real birthplace of Harry Potter is (it’s not the elephant house) and why you don’t rub Bobby’s nose, I don’t know where you got the idea that its concealer (!) on his nose but its the bronze coming through the patination which has worn off by tourists rubbing it. 4 years ago the whole statue was black as it had been when erected in 1863 because no one in all those years had rubbed his nose, then it started…we are angry about this because the statue is corroding and wearing away it’s not supposed to be shiny in the slightest and the statue is hollow and likely to get a hole in it before too long. Glad you love my home town!

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Awesome!! Thanks so much for the great advice. Always love hearing information so much from someone who knows way more than me. Thanks for letting me know and sharing your expertise. Really appreciate it!!!

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad 4 months ago

    Haha! I totally get the time thing – since moving back to Scotland, it’s confused the hell out of me! We went out for a quick drink a couple of weeks ago, and headed home while it was still light. It was… gone 11pm!!!

    Also I’m assuming you haven’t been to Glasgow, because Glaswegians are waaaaay harder to understand than people in Edinburgh! 😉

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Haha!! That’s what everyone says and I cannot wait to go and experience it for myself. I’ll need to have a translator!!

  • Ruth Hankins 4 months ago

    I,m a pescetarian and would like to know your recommendations of vegetarian restaurants in Edinburgh. Also, best fish meals if you know?

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Wish I knew but sadly I am really not sure about that one. I’ll have to go back and check it out!!

  • Dave 4 months ago

    A bit harsh about our weather I think. Its all relative really but as we live on an island we do get a bit of rain but certainly not as much as you are making out. One piece of advice, if you come back to Scotland, get away from Edinburgh and see some of the real country and not the touristy craphole that is our capital city.

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Thanks and far enough point about the weather for sure. And I will heed your advice. Can’t wait to explore more of what Scotland has to offer.

  • Morag 4 months ago

    Rain coats or jackets are better than umbrellas in Edinburgh as it is often too windy for ‘brollies’!

  • Winifred Wood 4 months ago

    I’m Edinburgh born and still live (60+ years) in Edinburgh. Your observations are fantastic. Most accurate thing I’ve ever read and funny too. Glad you mentioned our buses, aren’t they fantastic? We boast about them all the time. The dark red and white buses are Lothian region buses and you can buy a day ticket for them (which I believe you did state) but you can hop on and off as many times as you like with this day ticket and it’s not a tourist bus it’s the bus that all is Edinburgh folk use.

    • girlwiththepassport 4 months ago

      Yes!! The buses are amazing and so are the people! I never use the buses here in the states because they are so terrible. Love love love them and thanks fr your comment. I really appreciate it!

  • Johanna 4 months ago

    Cream (clotted or otherwise) with scones is an English thing ( try it in Devon or Cornwall for an authentic “cream tea” experience). You might be served cream here but it’s not our custom. Clotted cream is yum but it is made in England!
    Good point about Edinburgh buses – best way to travel the city apart from walking.

  • Katz 4 months ago

    Thank you, thank you for telling people no to rub Bobby’s nose. It’s never ever been known to us local as a lucky thing to do.

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