So, what do you know about Edinburgh? Hogmanay?
But there’s a lot more to the Scottish capital. Enough for a long weekend at least.
An endless variety of things to choose from, in fact.
Get some Josef K on and buckle up.
They’re local heroes. The Rezillos, or The Proclaimers if you must, are alternatives.
2. Head to the Gardens and look around.
Face north to spy Princes Street, with the New Town visible behind; head south to reach the Royal Mile, which stretches from the castle to Holyrood Palace. A great deal of what you’ll discover is within about a half-a-mile radius of this point.
6. Check into Robert Louis Stevenson’s gaff.
The childhood home of the Treasure Island author is an imposing Georgian New Town house, and offers several rooms for bed and breakfast. Prices at Stevenson House range between £110 and £130.
7. Or somewhere really spectacular.
Prestonfield House is one of Edinburgh’s most ostentatious piles, a 17th-century mansion amid eight hectares of parkland stuffed full of tapestries and other antiques as well as the mod cons – Bose stereos, massive TVs – you’d expect from somewhere of this stature.
10. Head for a pint.
Edinburgh is home to an embarrassment of pub riches, but The Regent is worth a special visit. A gay-friendly real-ale boozer, it’s won the Edinburgh branch of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award twice. Deuchars and Old Rosie cider are among the choices on tap.
12. Drop into one of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars.
18. Visit Greyfriars Kirk.
The church has been a place of worship for over four centuries and was home to Greyfriars Bobby, a dog who supposedly guarded his owner’s grave for 14 years in the 19th century and is now immortalised in a statue of his own.
20. In fact, while we’re on the subject of whisky…
26. Go to the beach (yes, really).
A short bus-ride away, Portobello is a sandy beach on the coast of the Firth of Forth. You rarely catch rays, but it’s great for walks all year round.
36. See William Burke’s skeleton.
This bloke went around with his mate William Hare murdering people then selling their corpses to a doctor. He was executed, and his skeleton stands in the Anatomical Museum as a reminder to not kill and sell people.