Edinburgh and East Lothian: ‘A Winter Night’ by Robert Burns

4 Jan

“Blow, blow, ye winds, with heavier gust!
And freeze, thou bitter-biting frost!
Descend, ye chilly, smothering snows!
Not all your rage, as now united, shows
More hard unkindness unrelenting,
Vengeful malice unrepenting
Than heaven-illumin’d Man on brother Man bestows!”

As an instant expert in the most appropriate mid-winter attire to wear in Edinburgh (having survived five days in zero and sub zero temps) I offer the following suggestions should you plan to visit the windy, frozen north.

Top to Toe Attire (For the ladies):
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Close knit winter beanie and balaclava for super windy days
Wool scarf or muffler
Waterproof jacket that reaches at least to the knees
Two layers on top, cotton next to skin and then a wool or thermal sweater
Warm gloves, preferably lined
Waterproof pants
Wool socks
Low heeled lined waterproof boots (snow boots are best) with a good gripping sole

Now you’re comfortably kitted out you’re ready to tackle anything Scotland throws at you. Trust me, as Robert Burns noted above, it can be brutal!

Tomorrow we’re flying to the Canary Islands to sample three of them and soak up some sunshine before returning to Edinburgh for another few days. We’ve had a fabulous time here with Tristan and Jenny, filled with lots of bracing walks, art galleries, cosy pubs and hearty meals.

Here are some of the places we liked the most.

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Bar Soba, Asian Street Food at 104 Hanover Street, Edinburgh

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The Law hill walk, North Berwick

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North Berwick Beach would be sweet in summertime!

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The Herringbone cafe/restaurant in North Berwick is outstanding.

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Two views of the Forth Rail Bridge from Queensferry.

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Walking along the Leith River and through Dean Village.

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Kay’s Bar on Jamaica Street where I fell in love with Laphroaig Whiskey.

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Calton Hill

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King James’ unicorn at Holyrood Palace.

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Climbing Arthur’s Seat (said to be a corruption of Ard-na-Said which is Gaelic for Height of the Arrows).

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14th Century gastropub Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston Village.

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Duddingston Loch

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Last walk through town.

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The Skating Vicar, an iconic oil painting by Sir Henry Raeburn, is one of the most loved artworks in Edinburgh. The vicar is skating on Duddingston Loch. This print was in the Salisbury Arms.

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