PEOPLE – Readers in the Spotlight #1 – Mike McGrail

We are pleased to announce our new feature: Readers in the Spotlight. It will appear every Friday, allowing you to find out about our readers’ favourite places and views on Edinburgh

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Welcome to Mike McGrail, our first interviewee.

Mike McGrail

1. Tell us a bit about yourself in a couple of sentences.  

I’m Edinburgh born and bred, work as a digital marketing consultant with a massive passion for social media and all things web.  I love to travel and take in as many new things as possible.  I am active on twitter – @mike_mcgrail – and have a Social Media Marketing blog.

2.  What do you love about the city?

The history, the mystery, the charm, the adventure and the people.

3.  What would you change about Edinburgh if you could?

The music scene could do with a boost but it is definitely getting better.  The wind at the top of  Leith Walk hurts too!

4.  What are your must sees in town for visitors?

Mary King’s Close, a climb up Arthur’s Seat, drinks in the Grassmarket on a sunny day and of course the Edinburgh Fringe.  This is a city to walk around and soak up the history and culture.

5.  Favourite Street or area and why?

I love Stockbridge and Brunstfield, the cafes, bars and wee shops.

6. Where would we find you relaxing in Edinburgh?

Most likely walking along the Water of Leith with my wife or having dinner with friends.
7.  When you are out of town, what do you miss about Edinburgh the most?

The smell of the whisky distillery that wafts around the west side of town.
8.  If you had 24 hours in town before you had to leave forever, what would you do?

Arthur’s Seat for the views, Hamiltons in Stockbridge for drinks and burger and a walk around the National Museum for culture.  My day would be finished off in a drinking den with live music and the locals.
9.  Any interesting stories you know about Edinburgh ?

We were the first city in the UK to have an official fire brigade.
10.  Sum up Edinburgh in 5 words or less.

 Inspiring, mysterious and perfect.

Thank you, Mike.

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