Elegant tea in a historic setting at the Grand Cafe
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Where to find the best afternoon tea, Edinburgh

From extravagant high teas to cosy cafes with scones and jam, we explored them all in search of the the best afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Read on for our recommendations. It's no secret that baked goods put us in our "happy place." And if there…
best scones in Edinburgh
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Where to find the best scones in Edinburgh

We went on a quest to find the best scones in Edinburgh, and found them at a charming cafe in the New Town. When you think of a food that defines Edinburgh, scones top the list. Well, some people may think of haggis, but really, the less said…
Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia Afterdeck
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Queen for a Day on the Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia, the private yacht of the British royal family, is open to visitors just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.  No longer in active service, HMY (Her Majesty's Yacht) Britannia served the royal family for almost 45 years. The…

Free things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Free things to do in Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful capital city, is the second most popular UK destination for overseas visitors. More than one million visitors hit the streets of Edinburgh each year to enjoy the city’s culture,…
Kokorec best sandwich turkey
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The 11 best sandwiches in the world, which one costs only 35 cents?

Sandwiches are one of the universal foods, they're cheap and convenient. We ate way too many of them on our trip and offer up the 11 best sandwiches in the world. 1) Shawarma in Jerusalem A shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made from meats…
Filming locations for Local Hero
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Where was "Local Hero" filmed in Scotland? Our guide to visiting

Where was the movie Local Hero filmed? We set off to Scotland to find out. The filming locations for Local Hero are scattered throughout northern Scotland; seeking them out makes for a great road trip [be sure to see our tips for driving…
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On the trail of the real 44 Scotland Street

From Larissa ~ Although this was my first trip to Edinburgh, I felt as though I already knew the place. I had visited the city many times "virtually," through reading. I am a fan of the 44 Scotland Street novels by Alexander McCall Smith. The…
haggis taste test
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Video Taste Test: A fistful of haggis

Scotland is more than a wee land of kilts and bagpipers. It's also the home of the most manly of foods---haggis. In our haggis taste test we try this food, which is basically a sheep's stomach stuffed with sheep lungs, offal, oatmeal and spices.…
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Climbing an historic lighthouse in Scotland

The image of a lighthouse keeper is often a romantic notion: solitary men who keep the lights burning on storm-lashed coasts as they send their signal out to ships at sea. The reality is slightly different as it is a tough, often lonely,…
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Visiting the National Museum of Flight in Scotland

The National Museum of Flight in Scotland stands out even among other aviation museums. It sits on a former airfield used in both World War I and World War II. One hangar is devoted to a display of the Concorde, the record-breaking supersonic…