Edinburgh – Off the Beaten Track


Famous for its shopping, its majestic castle and festivals, off the beaten track Edinburgh also has a wide choice of attractions which the tourist hordes will not have heard of.

From quirky independent cinemas to vibrant live comedy venues, take a look at the other side of the Scottish capital:

Cameo Cinema

The Cameo Cinema is well worth a visit. This picture house has been operating under the same name for almost 100 years and features an old white marquee above the main entrance announcing what is on. Not for the faint-hearted, the All Night Horror Madness events in the art-deco Screen 1 are well worth seeing!

Traverse Theatre

The Traverse Theatre began life in the 1960’s as a theatre club in a deserted brothel in the Lawnmarket, before moving to its current location in the West End. After fifty years of cutting edge theatre, the venue shows no signs of slowing down. Special events include the annual Fringe roster, the Autumn Dance Festival and the Play, Pie and Pint season.

The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand Comedy Club venue in Edinburgh is the home of live comedy in this vibrant city. The tiny stage has been the proving ground for many of the UK’s legendary comedians and now plays host to up and coming stars of the future. Recent years have seen John Bishop, Frankie Boyle, Josie Long and Mark Watson pop in, whilst Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie and Simon Munnery have become regular annual fixtures.

Sneaky Pete’s

Sneaky Pete’s is situated in the clubbing hotspot of Cowgate and has earnt itself a reputation as one of the best night time venues in the city. During the week resident club nights will get the student set out. Raucous live shows with guest DJ’s popping up, keep this venue high up on Edinburgh’s clubbing scene list.

Cramond Island

Cramond Island is just a fifteen minute bus ride away from Princes Street and offers a picturesque walking route beside the Firth of Forth. At low tide, walk across the path to the island, making sure to check ahead of the tide times. The path is a mile wide. The Dragon’s Teeth row of concrete stumps adjoining part of the walkway were used in WWll as a marine barrier.

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Situated in Summerhall, the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club celebrates the national pastime of ceilidh dancing. This communal Scottish jig is perfect for visitors seeking an authentic experience to write home about.

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