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Edinburgh Experience

Broughton & Calton
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Address: City Observatory | Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, Scotland
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+44 131 556 4365

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A beautiful and ancient city, really worth visiting, so much to do for everyone, nightlife great, people friendly, sights and sounds that will stay with me for many years to come... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Street of light 2015 was much better than 2016. Green and yellow lights nowhere near as nice as the red and blue the year before. Also the change in location from the Royal Mile to George Street affected the atmosphere.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful and ancient city, really worth visiting, so much to do for everyone, nightlife great, people friendly, sights and sounds that will stay with me for many years to come, thank you Edinburgh!

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Since the Street of Light was not far from our apartment, we decided to walk over one evening to see what it was all about. Basically an archway of LED lights whose change is somewhat synchronized with recorded music (for about 20 minutes or so). While not particularly amazing, it was somewhat entertaining, especially watching kids who seemed to enjoy... More 

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West Lothian
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Attended this George Street version of Street Of Light at 6pm on Sunday, 4th December 2016(1984?). Having made our way along a tastefully (if slightly corporate-style), light-decorated George Street from Waverley, we expected to queue in typical British fashion and be filtered through some kid of organised system that would result in comments uttered in sheer visual and aural ecstacy,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

Virgin money have decorated the Royal Mile with an amazing display of lights. Its hard to imagine during the daytime but at 6.30pm until 8.30pm the lights are turned on and it takes your breath away. Walk through the archway and look up and the thousands of lights. Its a great opportunity to mix and chat to others who are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

visited the xmas market on Monday 23rd dec as im in Edinburgh for xmas this year ,really enjoyed it only thing I was disappointed in was they haven't got the real reindeers this year as I was looking forward to seeing them, tried hot cider and hot chocolate with baileys recommend both, some lovely ornaments but I would recommend looking... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

My friend and I visited the Xmas market last night for some mulled wine. It has become a bit of a tradtion over the years. After last night I won't be going back. 2 glasses of mulled wine at 2 different stalls and it was awful. Screaming 90's rave music at one and no atmosphere and rubbish service at the... More 

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Los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

This is our first time visiting Edinburg and we saw the Highland Experience one day Tour pamphlet at the visitor's center and went for it. The trip was fun, the scene was beautiful, but most of all, the driver/guide Iain was totally entertaining. He was knowledgable and informative, there was no dull moment throughout the trip to and fro, he's... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2013

i recently visited edinburgh with family and found a terrific company to get us from a to be.we used the same company over the week and the service perfection didnt faulter.very helpful and convient travel company with good rates well very happy and made our holiday.we are a party of 12 so not that easy all using the same trasport.but... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

Visited Edinburgh for a long weekend last week. We stayed in the Travelodge just off Cowgate Street, 2 minute walk to the Royal Mile, would recommend Hotel, it was a good clean place to stay and reasonably priced. Did the open bus tour first to look around the city and get our bearings, Visited all main attractions over the weekend,... More 

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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