Edinburgh Local Customs

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  • 1. Eating / Drinking

    When I told one of my friends I was going to Edinburgh, he said "You must try haggis!" I asked him what it was, but he told me (ironically) that I'd better just ordered it in a restaurant in...

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  • 2. Men In Kilts

    now you can't come to Scotland and not try the nation's second favourite drink - Irn Bru (Iron Brew). it's made fae girders (not really but it's supposed to give you super human powers - just like...

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  • 3. Miscellaneous

    In Leith there is a monument to the whalers, showing a harpoon that was used to hunt whales. This want to remember that they used the fat of whales to illuminate the lighthouse which guided the...

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  • 4. Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Before the festival begins, there is a Cavalcade of floats advertising the participants. It was not advertised because of security,but we heard from a friend and made our way to Prince's Street down...

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  • 5. Accent

    Very helpful indeed. aboot - about auld - old bairn - child ben - mountain bonnie - beautiful brae - slope braw - fine cock-a-leekie - chicken and leek soup coo - cow dae - do deid - dead doon -...

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  • 6. Money

    If you reside outside of the European Union, you will most likely be able to claim back the VAT (value added tax 17.5%) you have paid. Make sure you keep all your receipts. Some shops, selling more...

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  • 7. Tips For Travellers

    Bus 35 will also get you into the center of Edinburgh at £1.20 instead of £3.50 the Airlink charges. Both buses can be found at their respective stops right outside the airport doors. Also, consider...

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  • 8. Shopping

    Instead of going out, we opted to prepare food for ourselves with wholesome organic chicken, fresh vegetables and cheese. It's open every Saturday 2am til 2pm. First Saturday every month, slow food...

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  • 9. Art & Culture

    Edinburgh has along history of being often at the centre of Scottish art and literary activity - in more modern times film and television have also become apart of the city and the area around...

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  • 10. Buildings Etc

    Castle Rock is where Edinburgh began. Much damaged and often changing hands in the long and punishing wars of independence against England, Edinburgh Castle began to assume its present appearance in...

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  • 11. Tours Etc

    A stopover at the famous CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY at PERTH proved to be very fruitful for me. I managed to buy a very special piece (engraved & personalised) for my cousin, Irene's wedding. The...

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  • 12. Make Poverty History

    During my most recent visit to Edinburgh, the city was getting ready for the big "Make Poverty History" march on July 2, 2005, on the occasion of the G8 Summit...

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  • 13. parade

    I have no idea what the occasion was but as we were about to leave Edinburgh, a parade of taxis and other vehicles drove in a procession with masses of balloons...

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  • 14. Pipe Bands and Brass Bands

    Scottish pipe bands are always an attraction and can be seen at the Festival Cavalcade and the Tattoo, but not all pipers are Scots. At the cavalcade in 2006...

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  • 15. A Romantic Place for a Wedding

    Although the tiny St. Margaret's Chaple is the oldest building in Edinburgh Castle it is still very much in use today. In years past it was only officers...

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  • 16. An Idea from Queen Victoria

    Queen Victoria had this dog cemetery created a top Edinburgh Castle. This little resting place captured my interest , as like the Royals, I love dogs. You won't...

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  • 17. Famous Buildings & Famous People

    Edinburgh has many old and impressive buildings John Knox House is just one of them. The house was built in 1450 and has seen many modifications over the...

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  • 18. An age old custom

    The Heart of Midlothian was set into the cobbles of the old High Street outside St. Giles Catherdral but it has no connections with the Cathedral as some people...

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  • 19. The gun

    Its a custom or tradition in Edinburgh that every afternoon at one oclock the old gun/cannon in the castle is fired. This happens every day at lunch time and...

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  • 20. The Heraldic Arms of the City of Edinburgh

    Although Edinburgh, like the other Royal Burghs of Scotland, used armorial devices on its seals and in other ways from early times and certainly from the 14th...

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  • 21. The "real" Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

    Deacon "William" Brodie was the real life inspiration for the horror classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a...

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  • 22. the pub

    the pub is a great meeting place for a chat and a pint (beer or lager) There are lots of pubs to go to, some are themed pubs and there are still a lot...

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  • 23. 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...

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  • 24. The Scottish flag

    The Scottish flag dates back to a story from 832. The Scottish army was going to fight an English army and before the battle the Scottish king prayed to St...

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  • 25. Thistel

    In one of the souvenir shops at Edinburgh Castle I bought a tapestry cushion cover with a thistle on it. The thistle is a symbol of Scotland and has been so for...

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