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Escape the festival crowds

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In every August, the population of Edinburgh quadrouples thanks to the numerous festivals taking place in the city. We, locals do love the festival, but from time to time it's nice to get away from the Fringe madness. - Dunbar's Cl…Open the full description

In every August, the population of Edinburgh quadrouples thanks to the numerous festivals taking place in the city. We, locals do love the festival, but from time to time it's nice to get away from the Fringe madness.

- Dunbar's Close Garden is the ultimate solution for a quick escape. It's on the Royal Mile, but tourist don't really know about it, so pssst!

- Climb Blackford Hill if you want the 360 degree city views but find Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat too busy.

- On a nice day have a stroll along the Union Canal or the Water of Leith. You can also rent a bike and explore Edinburgh's extensive cycle path network.

- Have your coffee/tea break at Brunel Coffee on a slightly wobbly canalboat, and pick up some delicious macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron.

- Visit restaurants in different areas of town, away from the crowded city centre. Top picks: dine in Bia Bistro of Morningside, First Coast near Haymarket, Bijou Bistro at Leith Links or choose Sweet Melindas in Marchmont. Book at least 1-2 days in advance to avoid disappointment - these places are all smallish neigbourhood bistros.

- And something for culture vultures: visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art or explore the grounds of historic Lauriston Castle near Cramond. If you are lucky, you can even watch locals playing croquet (not to be confused with cricket or the food item croquette).

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