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Roll back the years and enter the world of Scotch Whisky


What do barley. peat. smugglers and King George IV have in common?

Visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. take a seat in an electric barrel car and journey back to the heather-scented highlands and islands, and you will discover why these. and a myriad of events in Scottish history. combine to make the Story of whisky one of the most fascinating you will ever experience. Commentary in the barrel cars in English. French. German. Italian. Japanese and Spanish.

Opening Hours: 09.00-19.00 Adult £2.50 Child under 16 yrs £1.25


358 Castlehill. Royal Mile. Edinburgh EH1 ZNE Telephone 031-220 0441 (25 metres from Edinburgh Castle Esplanade)

Setting the Scene

Princes Street the centre of the city. enjoys one ofthe finest views in Europe. looking across to the

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on a great. craggy rock. It also neatly divides

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famous parts. the Old Town and the New Town. The latter (which covers the area immediately north of Princes Street) isa beautiful classical monument to civic ambition having been built as adeliberate attempt to expand and improve the old town. which by the mid 18th century had become generally smelly. ove r- crowdcd and unhealthy. Today the Old Town is one of the city‘s proudest attractions. The Royal Mile (actually a mile and an eighth) which runs through the heart of it. is the oldest street in the city and the route from the Castle at the top to Holyrood Palace at the bottom is steeped in history and legend. Don‘t miss the Whisky Heritage Centre. St Giles’ Cathedral. the Museum of Childhood or the chance to explore the numerous wynds and closes which run offon either side. These were the scene of many an ungodly act. something well exploited by the popular witchery. murder and horror walks. Contact The Cadies 225 6745 (24 hours) or Mercat Tours 6614541 for details. Leith is the old port of Edinburgh and before 1920. when it was amalgamated with the city. it was a flourishing and substantial town in its own right. Much neglected for many years. it has recently been

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revived. restored and rediscovered with the help of the Scottish Development Agency. The docks. although much in decline. are well worth a visit as are the excellent wine bars and restaurants.

General Information

I Tourist Information and Accommodation Office Waverley Market. 557 2727. Mon—Sat 8.3(lam—8pm. Sun

I lam—8pm (until 9pm during Festival) and Edinburgh Airport. 333 2l67 Mon—Sat 8.30am—9.3(lpm. Stm 9.3(lam—9.3tlpm). These are the only tourist offices in the city for information about Edinburgh and are fully stocked with maps. brochures. guides to places of interest. information on religious services and lists ofcar hire prices. Most European languages are spoken. They sell tickets for Scottish evenings. day trips by coach. National Trust and Open to View properties. though not for the Festival. (See Festival entry below). They do however. carry all Festival programmes. and will point you in the right direction for booking for any part of it. For details about their AccommodationService. see separate section.

I Scottish Tourist Board lnforrnation and Travel Centre South St Andrew Street. 332 2433. Mon—Sat 9am—6pm. Closed Sun. From June to Sept Mon—Sat 8.3(lam-8pm. Sun ltlam—6pm.

A sort of ‘travel shop‘ for visitors and locals with information on the whole of Scotland. Facilities



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Bureau de Change. Book a Bed Ahead Service (see Accommodation below). car rental and a Scottish bookshop. Outside the building there is a 24 hour computer screen to access essential information (addresses and tel nos etc) when the office is closed. I Citizens Advice Bureau 58 Dundas Street. 557 1500. Mon—Fri ‘).3()am—4pm (Wed closed l2.3(l—2.3(lpm). Evenings 6.3(l—8pm. Free legal advice available.

Getting About

I On toot This is the only way to explore the Old Town and. as nearly all the city's landmarks are easily accessible on foot. it‘s generally one ofthe most pleasant ways of getting about.

ITrains Waverley is the main BR station in Edinburgh. centrally sited at Waverley Bridge. Telephone enquiries (556 2451 ) are answered promptly and efficiently. Ring 556 5633 for reservations and sleepers. There is another. very small station (llaymarkct) at the west end ofthe city. I Buses The only public transport system in the city (unlike Glasgow there is no Underground). The service is good and night buses operate from

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from LRT office below).

There are two main bus companies: Lothian Region Transport who provide the main city centre service (maroon coloured buses). Tickets and information from LRT Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge. 226 5087 Mon—Sat 7am-8pm. Sun 8am-8pm. Weekly seasons are £5 and they also offer a wide variety of day excursions. both

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include a travel agency.