Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Edinburgh
By Mark Meadows
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Which city has two central if extinct volcanoes, one of which is topped by the most precariously positioned castle imaginable?
It is not somewhere high in the Andes or on an Indonesian island, instead it is the elegant and laidback Edinburgh.
The Scottish capital exudes class but also knows how to have a good time - especially during its world famous arts festival in August and the New Year's Eve "Hogmanay" extravaganza.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a weekend trip in the area.
5 p.m. - Train is by far the best way to arrive in Edinburgh. Waverley Station (www.networkrail.co.uk/edinburgh-waverley-station/departures-arrivals/) is as central as you can be, in a valley between the "old town" which rises up to the castle volcano and the "new town" made up of graceful Georgian architecture.
6 p.m. - Plenty of expensive hotels, both boutique and large names, dominate the old and new towns but bargains can be had with the Travelodge chain (www.travelodge.co.uk) offering cheap, well furnished rooms in very central locations.
8 p.m. - For a pricey but delicious immersion into Scottish culinary culture, including the national dish of Haggis (sheep innards) and some great salmon, head to Hadrian's Brasserie (www.hadriansbrasserie.com) in the famous Balmoral Hotel on the main new town thoroughfare of Princes Street. Continued...