Beyond Cobblestones

Editorial Tourism is jeopardized by cliché. Ever since Lonely Planet made backpacking some kind of cult, tourists following the mainstream hop-on hop-off travel style seem to be redundant. In spite of Lonely Planet, it would be wrong to dismiss cli­chés completely because they are a cliché for a reason. They are enjoyable. This gui­de will […]

Editorial
Tourism is jeopardized by cliché. Ever since Lonely Planet made backpacking some kind of cult, tourists following the mainstream hop-on hop-off travel style seem to be redundant. In spite of Lonely Planet, it would be wrong to dismiss cli­chés completely because they are a cliché for a reason. They are enjoyable. This gui­de will explore them and look beyond them as well. The historical city of Edinburgh can be experienced in an extraordinary and unique way. Much more lies beyond the cobblestones of Edinburgh’s Old Town apart from spooky ghosts and whisky. To avoid open-minded visitors stumbling between the capital’s cobblestones, this guide offers you a bit of the best of the city’s culture, history, literature, sports and food.

So why not spend a rainy day in one of the second-hand shops or try sugary fudge in one of the factories? If, surprisingly, the sun is actually shining, visit the harbour or even climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat for a chance to get rid of some of the calories put on while drinking beer during last night’s pub crawl.

A pub visit is a must for every Edinburgh trip. Without a pint of beer, haggis and bagpipe music the capital of Scotland would be a poorer place. So give it a try! Some clichés always have to be taken back home – even if it turns out to be just a torn and old-fashioned kilt.

Table of Contents
Once upon a time… 5
The history of Scotland 6
Tales from a heart, a stone and a stool 7
Scottish history lessons by Mel Gibson? 9
About Medicine, Monro and Murderer 10
Edinburgh’s famous villains 12
The story-telling graveyard 15
What colours life here? 17
The literary Edinburgh – A tour through the city of literature 19
Following Rankin and Rowling 22
Kilts, Tartans and underwear 23
Come to the Ceilidh – And learn to dance like the locals 25
Seasonal Guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals & Holidays 26
Sports 29
Highland games or when men wear skirts at sports 31
Second hand doesn’t need to be old and tattered 32
Do’s and Don’ts 34
What’s to see? 35
24 hours in Edinburgh 36
Adventure Day in Edinburgh 39
Museums and Galleries in Edinburgh 41
Imperfectness of a sight 46
What’s on the menu? 47
Three girls and a table full of Scottish dishes 48
Edinburgh – Deep fried 51
Scottish Fudge – Indulge your sweet tooth 53
Water of Life 55
Out tonight? 58
Let’ whistle! 60
Nightlife and Entertainment 62
Beyond the Rim… 68
Arthur’s Seat – A bit of effort and sweat 69
Do you want to go to the seaside? 70
Get your feet on the board and take the waves 72
The Rosslyn Chapel 73
Where to stay? 75

Travel Writing Team, Edinburgh 2011

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