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Capital Ideas

Airline employees often make the best travel guides. Once you’ve experienced “Three Perfect Days: Edinburgh”, consult the advice of United employees when you’re ready to add a fourth or fifth.

Author A. Averyl Re

Top row: Emma Schrader, Robin Dean, Stephanie Mellady; second row: Emma Schrader, Robin Dean, Stephanie Mellady;  third row: Robin Dean, Emma Schrader; fourth row: Emma Schrader, Sarah Albrecht Kelley, Tracy Harmon, Kathy Absher

Top row: Emma Schrader, Robin Dean, Stephanie Mellady; second row: Emma Schrader, Robin Dean, Stephanie Mellady;
third row: Robin Dean, Emma Schrader; fourth row: Emma Schrader, Sarah Albrecht Kelley, Tracy Harmon, Kathy Absher

Just look at all the ways United employees have had a great time in Edinburgh. Adam Keeter (Chicago) teed off at the Gullane Golf Club, which he says an elderly Scottish man described as “just a course to play, a house to retreat to and, shortly thereafter, find a scotch in your hand.”

Robin Dean (Chicago) conquered the summit of an extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. For a dive into history, Tracy Harmon (Chicago) explored Mary King’s Close, where plague victims were confined and, she says, “the plague doctor made rounds wearing a mask shaped like a raven’s beak for good luck.” Bob Schumacher (London) enjoyed the Royal Yacht Britannia, steeped in history, which, he says, “gives an insight into how Queen Elizabeth traveled in her earlier days as monarch.”

Some recommendations are seasonal: Jim Stucker (Houston) and Carmen Rosa Munns (Washington) took in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a show held this month on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. In the month before Christmas, Stephanie Hammond (Edinburgh) enjoyed the seasonal German markets. “I always buy little knickknacks for Christmas and enjoy a little glass of Gewürztraminer,” she says.

Emma Schrader (Edinburgh) took the Water of Leith Walkway to The Shore to visit Mimi’s Bakehouse, “an amazing cake shop.” Elisabeth Marriott (San Francisco) enjoyed traditional afternoon tea at The Dome. And David Simpelo (San Francisco) sampled the national food of Scotland, haggis. “Eat first,” he says, “then find out what it is later.”

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