I'm planning a trip to Edinburgh and London this November, much of which I'll spend on my own. I would appreciate input from those who know Edinburgh on a couple things:
I will post this on the London board if necessary, but will check here first - I arrive at Gatwick at 0630. I will be taking the Virgin train from Kings Cross to Edinburgh (unless someone has a better suggestion). How much time should I leave - ie, what is the earliest train you'd be comfortable booking? is 0930 too early?
As for Edinburgh:
I am pretty comfortable dining solo, but would like to do a pub crawl with a group. I've found a couple online (Literary Pub Tour and the Edinburgh Pub Crawl), but one uses actors (which might be fine, but I actually don't mind a bit of "dry" history along with my beer) and the other seems more about large groups getting drunk. Both could be very fun, but perhaps not my cup of tea. I have spent a bit of time on TA looking for other pub crawl tours, but haven't come across much. My preference would be a small group tour that focuses on the history of Edinburgh. Context didn't have anything. Any recommendations I might be missing in my TA and Google searches?
- I think I will plan afternoon teas at Balmoral and The Dome. Any other recommendations?
- If you've traveled to Edinburgh solo (or live there), are there any restaurants that you feel would be especially comfortable for solo diners? My only note is that I don't care for seafood - I'm up for pretty much anything else. :)
- If you've visited the Sheep Heid Inn on a Sunday (for the roasts), would you have felt uncomfortable dining alone there? It seems like a really social place, but I've read that they also have bar seating that might be a little more comfortable for me.
- I would like to spend one day in Glasgow (and return later when I have more time). If I purchase the open return ticket from Waverly, may I leave from any station in Glasgow, or only the one at which I arrive?
Thanks very much,