Edinburgh is over 3,000 miles from America and for many Americans it involves long, stressful internal flights, as well as the long haul trip. So once you’re finally here you want to make the most of your vacation, you don’t want to be sitting in American-style chain restaurants, watching American sports, drinking American beer do you? I mean, if you do we’ll soon have some suggestions to help you feel at home in Edinburgh, but for you adventurous types here’s a few things that will make you say “WOW! You don’t get this in the USA!”.
In America, do you have a Royal Yacht? Edinburgh does! Berthed in Leith, just a short taxi or bus ride from The Dunstane, is the UK’s number 1 tourist attraction (TripAdvisor), The Royal Yacht Britannia! She spent 40 years safely carrying Her Majesty The Queen and her family around the world and by the time she was retired has sailed over 1,000,000 miles! Once on board this magnificent vessel you can walk in the footsteps of royalty and see memorabilia and photographs of Her Majesty The Queen, a young Prince William and Prince Harry and their mother, the late Princess Diana. Britannia surely is the most special of Royal residences and we have discount tickets available from The Dunstane reception and can even arrange special tours for you if you ask!
We can’t mention landmarks and not talk about Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous landmark and the site of the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo – Edinburgh Castle. Evidence has been found showing people were building their homes on Castle Rock, a 700 million year old extinct volcano, as early as the Bronze age (around 900BC)! There has been a royal castle on the rock since the 12th century and through the years it’s been a royal residence, a prison, an army garrison and now the top tourist attraction in Edinburgh! There are many mysteries you can discover when you visit the castle, but if you’re coming to study in Edinburgh I have to warn you, one legend that says any Edinburgh University student who passes through the castle gates will fail their final exams…!
Food and Drink
The City of Edinburgh is filled with traditional Scottish restaurants and bars, if you’re staying with us at The Dunstane then you don’t need to look far to find good food and drink. Skerries, our Orcadian inspired restaurant offers up the best of Scottish produce such as Orkney scallops, West Lothian haggis (honestly, haggis is delicious you have to give it a chance!) and Highland venison served as part of a brilliant menu created by our Head Chef, Paul Hood.
Like something to drink with your meal? The Stane Bar has an impressive selection of drinks and spirits, many that you won’t find in the USA. For the beer and ale drinkers, all the way from Stromness in Orkney we have Dark Island, Raven Ale or Northern Light, created in the Orkney Brewery found in the heart of Neolithic Orkney, Islands which have been inhabited for over 5,000 years! If you’d prefer to join us in a long-standing British tradition, 6pm in the UK is known by many as ‘Gin O’Clock’ and The Dunstane is not short of a few Gins for you to try! You may have heard of Gordon’s Gin, Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray Gin, but have you heard of Rock Rose, Edinburgh Gin, Pickerings, Botanist or NB’s? Well they’re all from distilleries in Scotland and are all stocked in the Stane Bar! We recommend having a good plan of action (and nothing planned the next day!) in order to try as many of these fantastic gins as possible! We are also proud to offer over 90 single malt whiskies. The majority have been brought in from one of the four main whisky producing regions in Scotland; Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Islay, but we have also sourced malts from Orkney too, as well as from other choice distilleries across the country.
Skerries isn’t open for lunch I’m afraid, but we have recently done a blog about the best places to go for lunch and there are some restaurants there that you won’t find anywhere in the USA! Just follow this link to read more – www.thedunstane.co.uk/where-to-go-for-lunch
See you soon!