Any tips for traveling to Scotland in August? Will be staying mostly in Edinburgh. Good restaurants? Tea? Things/places to avoid? Thanks!
August is festival time in Edinburgh. So, expect really, really busy streets and crowds for absolutely everything. If you hop on a train at Waverley Station, there's a restaurant called "The Sun Inn" about 15 minutes outside of the city (in Dalkeith). It's pricey, but one of my all time favorite places to eat-- they just put in a nice little cafe as well, if you're looking for something cheaper. That's a short walk from the mining museum, which I really enjoyed. Especially climbing up to the top of the wheel and getting a nice view of Newtongrange.
If you like hiking, The Pentlands offer a great view of Edinburgh and are usually less crowded than Arthur's Seat. And if you can, fight the crowds and go up to Calton Hill.
Within the city, Mary's Milk bar in Cowgate is great for ice cream. Revolution is a pretty fun Vodka bar. Angel's with Bagpipes is a lovely dinner spot (again on the pricey side). Lebowski's is one of my favorite bars-- totally different vibe from a lot of the bars in city centre. The Writer's Museum is free and interesting if you're into Scottish literature. The Inn on the Mile has live music every now and then and it's always fun to stop in there for a drink or a quick bite. almost 3 years agoAnswered by SB via WorldNomads.com