The Tattoo, The Fringe, and a spot of sightseeing. A fantastic break in the vibrant city of Edinburgh!
So much for perception! Having gone to Edinburgh to see the Tattoo and expecting a little sightseeing, what a happening city we found.
Want something for all ages? Then tattoo time covers that, it’s far from dull marching bands, the setting is great and the acts are full on energy, a must see throughout August. But tickets go fast. Other must sees are the city hop on and off sightseeing tours – get one with a guide as almost all of them have a few stories to tell and are really informative. One of the stop’s was to see the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is an eye opener into the life and past holidays of the Royals – and the lives of those there to serve them!
Another sightseeing stop is a walk up and down the Royal Mile between Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle; made even better if you visit at the time of Edinburgh’s fringe festival. So many acts, be it comedians, magicians, jugglers on unicycles, singers, bands, impressionists and many more from all over the world. The best street acts are taster sessions to tempt you to see full sets in larger venues. Talk about all day varied entertainment, no wonder people flock from all over the world at this time of year. In truth though, with many bars, cafes, museums, sights Edinburgh is a great place to visit any time of the year.
There are plenty of Best Western hotels in and around Edinburgh, but we chose the BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel which overlooks the city and caters well for a family. The bistro attached has a good enough choice and caters for kids, the room was big enough for four, and the staff, particularly on reception, were so helpful sorting taxi’s and providing tourist information. Way above it’s 3 stars in our opinion!
Because it was a long trip to Edinburgh, we also stopped off on the way at the BEST WESTERN Glendower Hotel in Lytham St. Annes, another great hotel with superb beach front views, nice restaurant and bar area just 4 miles from Blackpool. Top tip, if you are thinking of the illuminations; give them a call, ideal venue, without all the noise of Blackpool front!
Another absolutely fantastic, action packed, 3 night short break in great hotels.
Gary Palmer – Year of Get Up and Go blogging panel