on 7 August 2013
I was recommended this by a friend and initially dismissed it as I'm familiar with Edinburgh and the Fringe, having gone for several years. How wrong I was. The little nuggets of information and insider tips really makes you feel that you're being let in on a big secret and it makes you want to protect it, too. I was almost loathe to write a review about this lest more people find out about it!
The contributors are all brilliant, making it feel more authentic, plus some of them are pretty funny I suppose...
Well worth it, essential reading if you're heading up.
on 16 August 2013
Edinburgh can be a daunting place for a non-local, but this book does a brilliant job of demystifying its winding streets and highlighting a few lesser known haunts so you can get off the well beaten tourist trail. I bought it to help make sure I got the most of the city when it's enveloped by the fringe festival, but to be honest it would enhance any trip to the city at any time of year. The comedians' recommendations themselves are sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious, but all have a really personal feel. I usually rely on sites like Trip Advisor to find new places to eat, drink, chill out or but have recently found them increasingly hit and miss in their ratings, so I found this a useful alternative. Get this book and, like the places it recommends, you'll feel you've uncovered a hidden gem.
on 7 August 2013
Lonely Planet can only tell you so much, like where to go if you want to hang out with a thousand other tourists who are all seeking an 'authentic' experience. Secret Edinburgh, on the other hand, actually tells you some great places to explore the city.
I picked this guide up the other day, on my first ever visit to the city and the fringe, and so far it's taken me to some sweet little finds. There is an interesting back story to all of them, plus it's written by comedians so even if you don't visit the places (although I'd recommend you at least try and visit some of them) its actually quite a funny read...