Slightly off topic, but Edinburgh has been mentionned on here. I am thinking of spending a few days in Edinburgh and or Aberdeen, prior to attending a certain cycle show in late May. I will be on my own, and prefer to eat in restaurants (or bistro type places) on my own rather than hotel dining rooms, not so formal etc. What are those towns like in the evenings. I do not mean late evenings, I would be eating out early-ish, and probably staying in the centre of the city. Are the centres deserted or are there lots of people around?