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Edinburgh Halal

Halal Food, Edinburgh, Scotland

September 2017

Finding Halal food in Edinburgh isn’t difficult, there are plenty of halal eateries. We spotted them through the word ‘halal’ either in Arabic or in English on their store front.

Kindly bear in mind, on this page we’ve listed them based on seeing the ‘halal’ logo and/or wordings on their premises. For your peace of mind, please confirm with the store owner or personnel beforehand as ownership of an eatery may change and so would the menu and the status of the food.

Close to our hotel at Dalry Road, there are two such eateries. One is ‘The Chicken Crew’ and the other, in-front of it is ‘Ali Baba Kebab House’ (24 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ, UK). Apologies for not having pictures of Ali Baba store front but there is a ‘halal’ logo in Arabic on the signboard. Both eateries are about 5-10 minutes walk from our hotel.

Haymarket Edinburgh Halal

Halal eateries around Haymarket area.

Edinburgh Halal

‘The Chicken Crew’. Arabic ‘Halal’ wording on center top left glass pane. Location : 25 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ, UK

Edinburgh Halal

The order counter. We had dinner here. Naturally, they specialise in chicken.

Right in Edinburgh’s old town on South Bridge road is where you’ll find even more halal eateries. Notably is ‘Mosque Kitchen’, a big establishment with dining area, good patronage and serves delicious food. We had chicken Briyani for lunch and drinking water is free. Oddly, on it’s premises, there was no halal logo on the front unlike it’s takeaway section as few doors away which has on it’s signboard. There is an Arabic ‘halal’ logo on their menu if I’m not mistaken.

A short walk from ‘Mosque Kitchen’ is Edinburgh Central Mosque.It’s located at 50 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT.

South Bridge Edinburgh Halal

Halal eateries around South Bridge & Royal Mile. Very close to ‘Mosque Kitchen’ is Edinburgh Central Mosque.

The list of halal eateries found in Edinburgh old town area. There could have been more that we’ve might missed, so do look around.

Mosque Kitchen
31-33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX, UK

Kebab Mahal
7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BH, UK

Palmyra Pizza
22 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH, UK

Roti
42 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Zuhus
29-30 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Zenobia
14A South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL, UK

Shamoli
105 High Street, (First Floor), Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK

Edinburgh Halal

‘Mosque Kitchen’ is probably the favorite of many. Spacious dining area..

Edinburgh Halal

The varieties of dishes for your choosing.

Edinburgh Halal

Front section of the dining area.

Edinburgh Halal

Few doors away, is ‘Mosque Kitchen’ takeaway counter. ‘Halal’ logo in Arabic on the signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

‘Mosque Kitchen’ takeaway menu.

Edinburgh Halal

The takeaway counter.

Edinburgh Halal

Directly to the side of ‘Mosque Kitchen’ across the Nelson Square is ‘Kebab Mahal’. Arabic ‘halal’ logo on the signboard & store front.

Edinburgh Halal

Diagonally opposite ‘Mosque Kitchen’, is ‘Palmyra Pizza’. ‘Halal’ wording in English on front glass pane.

Edinburgh Halal

From ‘Palmyra Pizza’, walk towards Royal Mile and there is ‘Roti’. ‘Halal’ logo in Arabic on signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Roti’ and you’ll reach ‘Zuhus’. Arabic ‘halal’ logo on front glass pane within the small red circle.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Zuhus’ and before the junction to Royal Mile, you’ll reach ‘Zenobia’. ‘Halal’ in English on the signboard.

Edinburgh Halal

Walk further up from ‘Zenobia’ and turn right to Royal MIle. Walk a further 20m and to your left is ‘Shamoli’. ‘Halal’ wording in Arabic written on display banner. The eatery is on the 1st floor.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

September 2017

Having completed our visit to the list of attractions in Skye, we return to Edinburgh. Although we’ve arrived into Scotland via Edinburgh, we’ve only seen the airport.

We left Skye early at 8 a.m. during a light drizzle. Our return route to Edinburgh isn’t the same as the one we came. We will be returning via the east coast with a stop at Pitlochry. The whole journey is close to 240 miles with a driving time in excess of 5½ hours. As we progressed further, the rain got heavier only to clear before reaching the Skye bridge. Well that’s OK as we’ve no plans to stop at any other attractions in Skye.

The drive to Pitlochry from Portree is 165 miles taking 4 hours. A change of route from A82 to A86 few miles after the site of Commando Memorial will take you into the town of Spean Bridge. Previously we’ve by-passed this town to get to the Isle of Skye. From the junction of A82/A86 it’s 1½ hours drive to Pitlochry covering 66 miles. They’ll be few more road changes along the distance namely, from A86 to A889 and into highway A9 and finally the A924 for Pitlochry. Along the way, the scenery are mostly country side, nothing compared like driving through the Highlands, although a couple of spots were picturesque.

Pitlochry, Scotland

Town of Pitlochry.

Pitlochry is the largest town in Highland Perthshire and is a tourist hub. It has been established as a tourist destination from the time the railway was built 150 years ago. The buildings in Pitlochry was built in Victorian architecture style which gives the town a special character much to the liking of photographers and visitors alike.

Pitlochry, Scotland

Street seems busy with passing tourist.

We arrived Pitlochry around lunch time and the main street, Atholl Road (A924) is in a hive of activities. Most shops along the main street are souvenir shops and restaurants. Pitlochry is a tourist destination in itself but the crowds in the streets are mainly tourist passing through. This could be due to Pitlochry’s location being a 2 hours drive to Edinburgh, is a convenient stop to have lunch for the returning tourist from the highlands, or from the North.

Pitlochry, Scotland

Main street, Pitlochry.

Pitlochry, Scotland

A classic Austin Minor passing through the street of Pitlochry. We used to have a lot of these on our roads back home in the 60’s.

Continuing our drive from Pitlochry to Edinburgh, we will be back onto the A9 and later M90. Nearing Edinburgh, we will be crossing the new Queensferry Crossing Bridge which carries the M90. This bridge was officially open on 4th September 2017 about 2 weeks before our arrival. It was built parallel to the ‘old’ Forth Road Bridge now open only to buses, taxis, cyclists & pedestrians. There is no toll for the use of this new bridge. To the other side of these two bridges, the red coloured Forth Rail bridge is still in operation. We took a short detour to Newhalls Road for pictures of the bridge.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Approaching the new Queensferry Crossing bridge.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The red coloured Forth Rail bridge, Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing Bridge. (R-L).

Edinburgh, Scotland

The new Queensferry Crossing bridge with three towers in the background and the Forth Road bridge in-front.

We than headed to Dean Village close-by to Edinburgh city. The village is a tranquil green oasis on the ‘Water of Leith’. The quaint area of Dean Village is far removed from the normal bustle of busy Edinburgh city life. There used to be eleven mills along the river, driven by the river’s strong current. Housing for the mill workers sprung up around the mills and river, and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today.

Dean Village, Edinburgh

‘Water of Leith’  flowing through Dean Village, Edinburgh.

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Dwellings now line up the banks of Dean Village.

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Apartment on the other side of the river bank.

From Dean Village we drove to Circus Lane about a mile away. It has no historical significant but just a spot we found picturesque to photograph. It’s a narrow lane with private dwellings and has absolutely no parking spot. We just got out of our car for a few quick photos and drove on, hardly 5 minutes.

Circus Lane, Edinburgh

Circus Lane, Edinburgh

Circus Lane, Edinburgh

Private dwellings on Circus Lane. In spring, this lane is beautiful with blooming flowers.

Next on our attraction list is Ashley Boathouse on Union Canal. It’s a little bit at the edge of town and less than 3 miles from Circus Lane. Again, it is on our visit list for it’s picturesque environment. This spot is not specifically marked on Google map but search for ‘Ogilvie Terrace’ that runs alongside the canal. That boathouse is nice to photograph.

Ashley Boathouse, Edinburgh

Ashley Boathouse by the Union Canal, Edinburgh.

Ashley Boathouse, Edinburgh

Boat house on the Union Canal.

We ended our day by driving to ‘My Edinburgh Life’ Hotel, Edinburgh. It’s located at Rosebery Cres and very close to Haymarket train station and Haymarket tram stop and has good bus and tram connections into the city centre .

The operations of this hotel is rather peculiar as it’s unmanned. You’ll get an e-mail instruction one or two days prior to your arrival on how to let yourself in. You’ll be given a 4 digit code to access our room key from one of the small security boxes outside the front door. Thereon, it’s all self service. The wi-fi code is prominently displayed on the side table as you enter the main door.

My Edinburgh Life Hotel

Entrance to My Edinburgh Life Hotel. The security boxes are to the left of the entrance (out of sight).

The room was clean and decent size. The en-suite bathroom is a little small, comes with a mini basin. The beds were comfortable and there is a small pantry with mini fridge, microwave oven and water kettle. The flat CTV was large and the heater kept us warm. The free wi-fi was weak and keeps disconnecting most of the time and is as good as useless. I’ve literally have to sit at the stairs to get a decent reception.

My Edinburgh Life Hotel

Spacious room.

My Edinburgh Life Hotel

Comes with flat CTV, fridge, microwave & water kettle.

One very important fact not mentioned on the booking site is the hotel does NOT have lift. We got room No:10 which is on the 3rd floor, the top most floor. We’ve got two, 25kgs traveling begs, two backpacks that we’ve to haul up ourselves as the hotel is unmanned! Imagine us, not young at age, hauling these begs up the flight of stairs. I literally rested for ½ hour before hauling the 2nd beg. The ordeal doesn’t stop. We’ll need to bring the begs down upon check-out. Such an IDIOTIC concept. The check-out process is by placing your room key back into the security box and locking it.

My Edinburgh Life Hotel

This is taken on the 2nd floor, there’s another floor to go!

Edinburgh

Building across the hotel and part of Haymarket railway station in the background shot from our bedroom window.

On the next morning, we visited a few attractions in Edinburgh namely, Hard Rock Cafe, Victoria Street for it’s colorful buildings and views of Edinburgh Castle from various locations. We did this by driving our car on a Sunday morning when traffic is scares.

Hard Rock, Edinburgh

Hard Rock, Edinburgh.

Hard Rock, Edinburgh

At 8 a.m on a Sunday, the street is still littered.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

The colourful buildings at Victoria Street, Edinburgh.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Shot from the other end of the street.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle from Castle Terrace.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle from Kier Street.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

The castle from Johnston Terrace.

We returned our rented car back to Edinburgh airport and then took the tram back to town. The tram ride was about ½ hr and cost £5.50. Along the way, we passed Murrayfield stadium which is the largest stadium in Scotland and the 5th in UK. However, it’s a rugby rather than football stadium. We got off the tram at Princess Street we took a bus to the Royal Mile to explore the area and surroundings.

Edinburgh tram

Driver’s console of the tram.

Tram Edinburgh

Clean & comfortable. Best of all it has free wi-fi.

Murrayfield rugby stadium

Along the tram’s route, it passed by Murrayfield rugby stadium. Largest stadium in Scotland.

Edinburgh airport transport

Useful transportation alternative to get into Edinburgh from the airport. Credit : Edinburgh Airport.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

These crowd waiting for their tour leader for the free walking tour. Once they left, the street was quiet.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Royal Mile.

From the Royal Mile, we again took the bus back to Princess Street and dropped-off nearby the Scottish Royal Academy. Princess Street is a shopping street and all along the street are branded stores. Adjacent to Princess Street is the Princess Street Garden. Unfortunately during autumn, only a few patches of flowers remains blooming. Having rested at the garden, we took another bus back to Haymarket for our hotel.

Princess Street, Edinburgh

Princess Street with the Royal Scottish Academy on the right.

Princess Street, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy.

Edinburgh

From the grounds of The Royal Scottish Academy, overlooking Lloyds Banking Group Head Office.

Edinburgh

View towards Victoria Hall building from Princess Street.

Princess Street Garden, Edinburgh

Princess Street garden.

Early on Monday morning, we are set to leave Edinburgh for London King’s Cross. Haymarket Train station is a short walking distance from our hotel. We took a train here to Edinburgh Waverley station for connection to our Virgin train. If you’ve purchased advanced ticket to London or elsewhere, just show that ticket at Haymarket Train station and you can ride the train to Waverley at no charge.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station

Edinburgh Waverley railway station.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station

Entrance to departure platforms.

Virgin Train

Comfortable seats in the Virgin train. Very clean. This is the quiet section.

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye, Scotland

September 2017

Driving down from Plock Viewpoint, we proceeded to cross the Skye Bridge. Since October 1995, ferry services from Kyle of Lochalsh (on the mainland) to Kyleakin (on the Isle) ceased. The Isle of Skye is then connected to the mainland by a road bridge. Traffic instead began to use the new Skye Bridge which forms part of the A87. The bridge is a faster and convenient way to cross the narrow strait. Ferry services to Skye are still available from Mallaig to Armadale and Glenelg to Kylerhea.

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Skye Bridge seen from Kyleakin.

After crossing the Skye Bridge, take the first left at the first roundabout to head to the village of Kyleakin for a quick drive through. It would not take you more than 10 minutes to do so. Kyleakin was once the gateway to Skye until the opening of the Skye Bridge. It has a small charming harbour overlooking Caisteal Maol, a ruined fortress. Not much is left of the fortress today as parts of the ruin collapsed in 1949 and then again in 1989. There are hotels, hostels and restaurants in Kyleakin.

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Caisteal Maol in the background standing protectively over the harbour.

Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

Resident’s dwelling across the harbour/town.

After a 25 mile, 40 minutes drive on the main road heading to Portree from Kyleakin, you’ll drive across the ‘new’ Sligachan bridge. You’ll be able to see the ‘old’ bridge besides it. Nothing historical about these two bridges, except photographing them is spectacular. On a good day like we’ve had, the Black Cullins hills will be clear to see in the background. There is a walking path from the old bridge running alongside River Sligachan.

Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Sligachan Old Bridge in the foreground with the new in the background.

Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Sligachan new bridge that’s currently in use.

Sligachan, Isle of Skye

River Sligachan with beautiful views of the Cullins hills. The walking path is on the other side of the river bank.

About 10 miles from the bridge, a slow 20 minutes drive, takes us to Grenitote B&B in Portree where we will be staying for two nights. Accommodations are difficult to get if you do not book in advance and are rather expansive in Portree town vicinity. Our B&B is a 2-storey semi-detached bungalow. Rooms are located on the first floor and are moderate in size. Free strong and stable wi-fi is provided. The town centre is a 10 minutes walk away and a co-op run grocery store will be the first you’ll encounter.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

Grenitote B&B, Portree. Located just off the town centre in a quiet residential area.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

The lobby of Grenitote.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

Our bedroom with a splash of pink motifs.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

Flat CTV and free wi-fi provided.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

The neighbourhood through the window. Large heater in the room.

Grenitote B&B, Portree

Small, cozy breakfast room. Will serve early if you notify in advance.

With an hour of daylight to spare, we headed to Portree Sailing Club for a view of Portree town. We are sure not many visitors ended up at this spot where you’ll see a different perspective to the town. Thereafter, we proceeded into town and spend sometime strolling around the harbour front and eventually up to Bosville Terrace for that classic shot of Portree town before heading back to our B&B for the night.

Portree, Isle of Skye

Portree harbour int he distance viewed from Portree Sailing Club.

Portree, Isle of Skye

The colorful buildings of Portree from a rarely photographed spot.

Isle of Skye

Portree harbour looking upwards to Bosville Terrace.

Portree, Isle of Skye

That classic photo of  Portree harbour from Bosville Terrace.

For the start of a fresh day in Skye, we were greeted in the morning with low hanging dark clouds threatening to ruin our day out. Weather forecast rain only in the late afternoon. Having no choice, we set out to explore the island as we will be returning to Edinburgh the next day.

Isle of Skye

The sun breaking through the low overhanging dark clouds.

Our first stop is Old Man of Storr. It is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high on the Trotternish ridge and can be seen for miles around. Old Man of Storr is a favorite hiking destination. A car park is located at the foot of the ridge right by the main road 7 miles from Portree.

Old Man of Stor, Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr in the distance. It’s that group of pinnacles to the right albeit it looks small in the distance.

Driving onward from Old Man of Storr for another 8 miles with an unexpected clearing of the weather, our next stop will be at Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls Viewpoint. You’ll find a large car park nearby the waterfall. The Kilt Rock is a 90 meter rock formation, which looks similar to a pleated kilt. The other point of interest is the Mealt waterfall, which is fed from the nearby freshwater lake, Mealt Loch, which then free-fall off the cliff for 55 metres into the Sound of Raasay below.

Isle of Skye

Spot along the route from Old Man of Storr to Mealt Fall viewpoint.

Isle of Skye

Another spot along the same route.

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock, more distinguished  in the background & Mealt Falls with a rainbow formation at the bottom seen from the viewpoint.

Kilt Road & Mealt Waterfall.

Aerial view of the Mealt Waterfall falling off from the Kilt Rock. Credit : theskyeguide.com

Next on our list is a visit to Garrafad 3½ miles away. This is another location visitors rarely visits due to it being off the main road and isn’t promoted. In-fact, if you google for it, you are unlikely to get much information. However, the views of the beach is picture postcard and the cliffs at Garrafad is something to adore.

Garrafad, Isle of Skye

Garrafad beach, overlooking the Quiraing in the distance.

Garrafad, Isle of Syke.

The cliffs of Garrafad.

Garrafad, Isle of Skye

The rocky side of Garrafad beach. In the distance, you’ll be looking towards the Atlantic Ocean.

From the coast, we now start an uphill drive to the Quiraing mountains. This will be a short 3½ mile drive for which we consider has the best stunning views for all of Skye. There is a large parking area just after the end of your uphill drive. From this location, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the mountains as well as towards the sea. So beautiful are the scenery, we spend quite a while here before driving away with a heavy heart.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

The start of the uphill drive towards Quiraing.

Quiraing

Mountain sheep by the roadside.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

The road leading up to Quiraing. Not a difficult drive but the road tends to be narrow at some points.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

The majestic mountains that surrounds and dwarfs you. It is an easy gradual walk for you to explore the mountain. Your sport shoes will suffice.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Tranquility of the Quiraing. Visitors roaming around the plateau.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Soaking in the tranquility of the environment.

The last attraction for the day is a visit to Fairy Glen in Uig. It is located in the hills above the town of Uig and is a lesser-known attraction on the Isle of Skye. The drive of 8½ miles from Quiraing entails driving from the East to the West side of the Isle of Skye. It will take about 30 minutes and most of the road is on single track just like the one going into Glen Etive, Glencoe. Here too, you’ll find plenty of passing places to allow overtaking or on-coming vehicle to pass or to take photographs. You will start your descend towards the town of Uig before proceeding to Fairy Glen.

Uig, Isle of Skye

View towards Uig town from uphill.

Please be aware the road leading to Fairy Glen prohibits buses from entering as it is narrow and winding on some parts. Thus, you will never have a chance to get to Fairy Glen except if you drive or get on a tour that uses smaller vehicle like a coaster. This off the beaten path spot stands out from the surrounding farmland. You can hike up the hill or just take photos of the beautiful surroundings.

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

A pond nearby the hill.

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

The cone-shaped hill where you can hike up following a walking trail.

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

A bench for you to relax and admire the beauty of Fairy Glen.

We completed our visit to all our list of attractions by early afternoon and headed back to our B&B. A while later, true to the weather forecast, it rained till late evening. What else better to do than to cuddle up in bed with the heater running. Tomorrow we’ll return to Edinburgh.

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