We had a late lunch at the Oblo Bar & Bistro in Eyemouth in mid April 2012. Our decision to eat at Oblo was based on the fact that they have an all day Bar Menu, which allowed us to have a leisurely walk along the North Sea Trail toward Coldingham without having to rush back to make lunch serving hours.
It was a bit cold to sit out in the patio or the balconcy, so we opted for the first floor conservatory where it was light but we had some protection from the wind. We did get a whiff of cigarette smoke from the one smoker out on the balcony and wished that smoking was prohibited in all areas.
As it was beautiful Spring day we decided to head for the grounds of Paxton House in the Scottish Borders for a walk and a picnic. As we were walking past the Boathouse, on the banks the River Tweed, my husband Demetrius noticed a poster saying there was an art exhibition inside.
Poster outside the Boathouse
Sure enough, inside there was what looked like half of an upturned boat with art displayed inside.
The Boathouse Boatshed Gallery at Paxton House
I went inside to see the exhibits but had to get down on my knees as I couldn’t stand up.
Me inside the Boathouse Boatshed Gallery at Paxton House
Most of the exhibits were of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Exhibits at the Boathouse Boatshed Gallery
I also recommend the Stables Tearoom at Paxton House, which features in our favourite cafes in Europe post.
You can have a great day out in the Paxton House area; you can cross the Union Bridge, a.k.a Chain Bridge, the oldest suspension bridge in the world still in use and the drive up the hill to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm to admire the murals and buy some local honey.
The Bread St Brasserie is in the Point Hotel Edinburgh, just off Lothian Road. When I was staying at the hotel in late February, there was an offer (ending 29 February 2012) where two people could have 2 course meal and either a glass of wine or a soft drink each for Â£20.12. As I was meeting our son Gary for dinner, we decided to try out the Bread St Brasserie. The restaurant normally offers a lunch and pre -theatre (5-7pm) set menu, priced at Â£9.95 for 2 courses and Â£12.95 for 3 courses.
Bread Street Brasserie
I had lunch at the Ondine Restaurant Edinburgh in late February 2012, as a guest of Hills Balfour PR. The restaurant is just off the Royal Mile next to the Missoni Edinburgh.
Ondine Restaurant Edinburgh
I really liked the fish wallpaper.
Fish wallpaper at the Ondine Restaurant Edinburgh
I stayed at the three star Point Hotel Edinburgh for two nights in late February 2012. I booked my stay on the Hotels.com site, after finding they offered the cheapest price at the Point Hotel Edinbugh on the Hotelscombined price comparison site. I was able to get an additional 10% off by using a Hotels.com discount voucher. Although I was staying for two nights at the Point Hotel Edinburgh, I’d made two separate one night bookings. The first night I booked a deluxe double room with castle view including breakfast for Â£31 and the second night (booked two days later) a standard double/twin room for Â£27. Fortunately, the hotel allocated me a deluxe room for both nights. As I’d booked the room for two guests but ended up staying alone, the hotel very kindly allowed me to have breakfast on both mornings.
Entrance to Point Hotel Edinburgh
The Point Hotel is located just off Lothian Road, close to the Usher Hall and Lyceum Theatre. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from Edinburgh Waverly Rail Station. My room was on the fourth floor and I was impressed with the art on display in the corridor.
Scottish Moutain scene in corridor at Point Hotel Edinburgh
Here are our best of Edinburgh tips, together with our recommendations for what to do in Edinburgh to help you plan your visit to the Scottish capital.
Cross Over to Cramond Island
There is a tidal causeway for pedestrians over to Cramond Island in the Forth Estuary, but do check the tide timetables before attempting this. If it’s high tide you can still walk along the prom toward Silverknowes, or take the path up the River Almond.
Walkway over to Cramond Island
Walk Along Portobello Beach
On a sunny day head to the golden sands of Portobello Beach, three miles east of the city centre. It’s unlikely it’ll be warm enough to go for a swim, but you can stroll along the prom or the beach.
Climb the Scott Monument
Built in memory of the Scottish author and poet Sir Walter Scott, the imposing 200 foot high Scott Monument can be scaled for a fee of Â£3. The Monument is just off Princes Street.
The Scott Monument, Edinburgh
I stayed for one night a the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh in December 2011 on a complimentary basis.Â The hotel is located just off the Royal Mile, a five minute walk from Edinburgh Castle. I was looking forward to my stay. I’d been in the hotel twice previously, once for lunch and in April 2011 the hotel hosted an Edinburgh Travel Tweetup. So had anticipated that the rooms at the Missoni would be pretty funky.
Bar at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
I stayed for one night at the Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth in early December 2011 on a complimentary basis. I’ve stayed at this hotel in the past and reviewed the hotel in June 2009. The Travelodge UK budget hotel chain have improved their service to guests by offering free WiFi in their Bar Cafes.Â This is great news if, like me, you need to stay connected when you’re on the move.
The Bar Cafe at Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth
We had a stop at the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders on a day out in November 2011. I was happy to see signs saying that there was free WiFi in the town centre and that the car park was also free. I connected to the free WiFi, I didn’t need to give any details, only click that I agreed to the terms and conditions. The connection was pretty good and I was able to upload a photo in a few seconds.Â The next good thing was that the very clean public toilets were also free.
Free WiFi – music to a blogger’s ear
We had a walk along the tarmaced Borders Abbeys Way path and had a coffee from our flask at the picnic bench on the banks of Jed Water.
View from our coffee spot toward Jed Water
A visiting friend and I took a walk fromÂ Coldingham Sands to St Abb’s Head in the Scottish Borders in November 2011. We started at the free car park opposite the St Vedas surf shop/hotel.
St Abbs harbour from above