Grantourismo in Scotland
Haggis, whisky and porridge in Edinburgh
The last destination on the Grantourismo itinerary was Edinburgh, where Lara and Terry spent two weeks in January in a lovely apartment in Stockbridge, just a ten-minute stroll from the centre of the city. During their stay, the team experienced the best of Edinburgh through its picturesque landscape, friendly people, Scottish cuisine and bewildering array of whiskies.
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Once a working class suburb that evolved into a rather bohemian neighbourhood, Stockbridge, the location of Lara and Terry's 'home away from home' in Edinburgh, is like a little village, with charming old shop-fronts that are home to traditional pubs, cafés, speciality food stores, charity shops as well as book and music stores. The couple's stay in Edinburgh coincided with the birthday of Scotland’s poet Robert Burns, when Burns Suppers are held all over the country, so the Grantourismo team were lucky to experience this traditional Scottish celebration at a cosy traditional pub on the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh is a city made for walking, so Lara and Terry discovered it on foot, strolling from the Water of Leith to the Royal Mile. And even though the couple resisted using mainstream guidebooks during their grand tour, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice, in Edinburgh they met Owen O’Leary, publisher of Local’s Guide to Edinburgh and co-founder of Word of Mouth Travels.
Finally, to get the lowdown on the foodie scene in Edinburgh, Lara and Terry consulted Donald Reid, the eating and drinking editor of The List, the city’s Time Out magazine, from whom they also got their first lesson in whisky tasting. And to get an even better insight into the Scottish cuisine, Terry prepared two traditional dishes in the kitchen of their apartment: haggis and porridge.
Property 452950 - Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home' in Edinburgh was a Georgian ground floor apartment, located in Stockbridge to the north of Princes Street. The apartment is accessed between two of the grand Doric columns which are the unifying motif of the Crescent’s beautiful façade. It is compact, convenient, and well designed. Completely refurbished in late 2008, the apartment is also freshly decorated with neutral Farrow and Ball paints.
The property is available to rent on HomeAway.co.uk (Property 452950).
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