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Orkney, UK
The flight into the Orkney Islands was amazing. Many of the neolithic ruins can be seen from the air, dotting the land. I visited several of the sites including Skara Brae, and Maeshowe, but the Ring of Brodgar was the highlight of the sites I...
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Edinburgh, UK
Climbing Arthur's Seat with hot cocoa; Christmas shopping on Princes Street; ice skating to Tom Jones at the Christmas Market; Green Wing and Irn-Bru commercials; Top Trumps at the pub with Australians (December 2006)
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Marwick Head, Orkney KW17 2NB, UK
After picking up a fantastic batch of fresh haggis to go with our fish and chips in Stromness we made our way north to Marwick Head. Upon reaching Marwick Head - a beautiful tower situated atop impressive cliffs - we walked along the cliff tops in...
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352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, UK
The Witchery Restaurant is a Scottish institution. A high-end dining experience in an enchanting and magical atmosphere, it's a setting perfectly in tune with the spooky legends that Edinburgh is known for. You must make a reservation and try to...
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210 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QQ, UK
I love old books, and this secondhand shop has a huge range, from classics to modern literature. —Gaynor Salisbury 204–206 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-446-9169. This story appeared in the November/December 2010 issue. See all of Gaynor Salisbury’s...
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
Walking the Royal Mile is interesting - you go from one end where the castle is, to the other where you'll find the Scottish Parliament and a palacial looking building that costs you about $20 to get into. Me, I like getting off the beaten track,...
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
In Scottish, Hogmanay means the last day of the year. It's a time for celebration to welcome in the new year. And no place does it better than Edinburgh. Its three days of celebrations begin with a torchlight procession on December 30 where 40,000...
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19 Hillside Cres, Edinburgh EH7 5EB, UK
New Year's Eve in Times Square too tame for you? Carnival in Rio a bit too quiet? Burning Man too reserved? Partying for four days with 400,000 of your newest best friends sound like fun? Then maybe Hogmanay is for you...
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155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP, UK
I spent one long afternoon at a large round table in the middle of Lovecrumbs, surrounded by locals and old friends, each indulging in a different cake served on a unique, vintage piece of china. The daily cake flavors ranged from orange-lavender...
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34 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK
Piglet - Oink - Grunter - the hog roll comes in three sizes. The two stores in Edinburgh put the meaty pig on the window, on full view. As the day wears, little by little, meat is carved out and served with relish of your choice. Lip-smackingly...
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My friends and I spent the weekend at this perfectly located apartment along the Royal Mile across from St Giles. With its HUGE window that looks out onto the street it even provided some quality street seen people watching!
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It's not a Christmas market unless you can warm up with warm mulled wine and a hot grilled sausage!
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2-8 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
After college stopping by cheered up our whole group!