When visting this amazing city...
When visting this amazing city you simply have to see the big house on the hill.
The magestic way it looks both in the day and then,when floodlit at night is one of the best man made structures I have seen.
Maybe its because way back in my history I had family where the men wore a dress(kilt)
I had missed a chance to see scotland on my last trip to the Uk but was not going to miss it again.
I did make one terrible mistake though.
I never left myself enough time to see it all.
My mother is very proud of our scotish back ground and I must say apart from the dresses so am I .
(only kidding about the dress just trying to stir up so mad scots lol. I know I'm a very likable guy a legend in my own mind.
The fondest memory to me of any part of scotland was the amazing way the scots treated us.
Never any where in my life have I met so many nice warm friendly people.
The people of Edinburgh made my whole trip worth while .
sure you can see all the great buildings visit great musuems and blah blah blah but if the people are rude nasty and un helpful I garantee you remember that more.
how many people go to Paris one of the nicest looking cities in the world and hate it???
thats what I mean .
You won't find anything like that here.
(just for the record when I was in paris I must have been blessed because the french I met were very nice.)
gun at the castle
At 1pm every day you will hear a big bang in the city centre, this is the one 1pm gun going off at the castle. Mons Meg, is an old cannon which gets fired at this time, usually this is when you can spot the tourists because they usually get a fright when they hear this. Go up the castle at this time and you will see it being fired
Myths & Legends
Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin just outside Edinburgh is rapidly becoming well known as a Holy Grail site thanks to Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code.
Based on research going back many years one of the misconceptions in the book is that Roslin was named as it was on a Rose Line. Not true, Ross (meaning cliff) and Lyne (meaning waterfall) gave their names to this place.
Neverthless The Da Vinci Code is a great read and we probably wouldn't have visited the chapel if we hadn't read the book.
The chapel itself is astonishing, every surface has been carved in some way, there are hundreds of examples of The Green Man, the green man is a pagan symbol representing nature.
The most famous example of carving is in the two pillars, a mason carved an elaborate pillar in the church and then left to travel, to learn more about his craft and get inspiration from European designs. When he returned his apprentice had carved another pillar within the chapel. It was much more elaborate and orante than his masters, on seeing the apprentices' work the mason flew into a jealous rage and picked up a masonry hammer. He struck the apprentice and killed him.
It is said there are all number of mason related carvings in the church, all I know is it's incredibly beautiful.
National Library Scotland (Free)
Just by the National Museum (both free) and a minutes walk off the Royal Mile. Turn off the Royal Mile by the Paliament buildings (current ones not the construction site!) along "George IV Bridge". My photo shows the view looking back towards the Royal Mile, with the National Museum hiding behind a bus. The library is further along on the right hand side.
Opening Days/Times: Exhibition Opening Hours: 1000 - 1700
(Festival Opening Hours): 1000 - 2000
Saturdays: 1000 - 1700
Sundays : 1400 - 1700
STB Award: *** Attraction
Address: George IV Bridge
Tel: 0131 226 4531
Fax: 0131 622 4803
If Roman's in town, mingers are more than accomodating...
Roman strikes again, after our jolly jaunt to Amsterdam it was time to hit scotland's finest, cruised in on the sat afternoon, watch out for the 150 bloody speed cameras on the way, we descended on Scotland's capital, greeted by Rude Man who provided us with the complimentary beers.. food, *** , shave, shower, then out to we went... Part two of the Capital tour.. Sambuca's and beer at out first bar set the tone of the nite, roman downed his no problem, Rude and Dr Octopus struggled after having eaten loads.. down in one - move on, the night then turned into chaos, no-one come out till 9.30pm, we were ratted by then, More beer and sambuca's followed with a spot of totty watching and more sambuca's, baring arse as we ran down the street became normal..then off to Walkabout, dancing in there, we meet Rude better half ( a lot better) and her friends..very nice apart from The Minger. having been forewarned by Rude she'd sleep with anything, Roman was talking to her straight off, snogging her within the half hour of entering the club. Onto the club, Moods, fully of TOTTY !! hen nights galore, HEAVEN not many lads.. we loved it.. Rude man pulled without knowing it, wee blone, nice, though his bird saw it which was funny, a beret wearing octopus hit the dance floor, bringing the Waltz to Edinburgh, Roman snogged "The minger" then went back to flat to do the business.. ( no condom again) might have to call him STD Roman soon.. Rude kept nicking hats and wearing them, Ice cube wars..double JD's and vodka's..Soon it was time to leave.. White pudding - ***ing disgusting, also worst chips in the UK.. oh beware no taxis..i would walk 500 miles, then would walk no fking more cos i was knackered.... next moring Roman returned..ha hah ha Well, we got in ,ý3 !! bargain....