Desperate for a loo? Here’s what to do…

Travel Tips — By Alex on November 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Edinburgh City Council runs several public toilets all round the city centre and even outside the city so you should never be caught “Bursting for a pee!”  Some are well signposted, others not so.  However a friendly local will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Don't end up like Renton, know your public toilets!

The public toilets may not seem the most modern of toilets so if you prefer to sit with a little more comfort or luxury then if you enter into one of Edinburgh’s department stores you will find something more suitable.  Department stores in the city centre include Jenners, Frasers, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.

Edinburgh is also not short of a pub or two so why not pop in for a wee dram whilst using the facilities.  Generally if really desperate then you could pop into a local shop, cafe or bar and if you asked to use the toilet then you will rarely be turned away.

Most public toiets are free to use, however there are certain ones where you will be expected to pay – usually no more than 50p.  These locations include at train stations and bus stations.

While here you might get some strange looks if you ask for the ‘restroom’.  Generally if you ask for the toilet or the loo then you’ll get what you need.

In Edinburgh, certain people like to use different phrases for going to the toilet. I’ll try to keep this clean so among others are phrases such as:

I need a Jimmy Riddle.
I’m going for a single fish.
I need to drop the kids off at the pool.
I’m going for a dump or I’m going for a Donald Trump.
I’m nipping out for a Basil Boli.
I need a Pat Cash.

Here’s a particularly interesting toilet at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura:

Toilet at Camera Obscura

Shot of Camera Obscura Toilet

[Photo Credits: Legs out of loo courtesy of Trainspotting film; Renton in toilet courtesy of Trainspotting film; Camera Obscura loos by Immanuel Giel]

Tags: "Edinburgh Jenners", "Edinburgh loo", "Edinburgh public toilets", "Edinburgh shopping", "House of Fraser", "Marks and Spencer", "public restrooms in Edinburgh", Debenhams, Edinburgh, Frasers, Jenners


  • Christal Keiss says:

    There are some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  • dong phuc cong so says:

    Cam on ban share nhe . Co gang chia se them nhieu tin huu ich nua nhe . Phat huy nhe ban . Minh dang dinh bat daudich vu t-shirt tai que minh ma kho khan qua , ko biet lam the nao nua . Ung ho minh nhe :


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