Duddingston Village is situated only a mile from Edinburgh's City Centre. Bordered on one side by Duddingston Loch and on the other by Arthur's Seat, it has preserved its rural character and remains one of the most charming locations in the area. The central building of the village is the 12th century Duddingston Kirk, which was unfortunately closed when I was there just before sunset on a November afternoon. The graveyard around it has some interesting old tombs and on the left hand side of the entrance gates to the church, you can see the hexagonal stone building of the Watch Tower dating from 1824.The Tower was used to watch over the graves of the newly buried for 21days after internment. No, not to see the ghosts but to prevent the 'Resurrectionists' from digging up the corpses and selling them to dissecting rooms, which at the time had no legal way of obtaining bodies for anatomical research.
The church overlooks the loch, on the banks of which you can find Dr Neil's Garden, a beautiful place from which you can watch the wildlife of Duddingston Loch. It is open every day from 10 a.m. till dusk. Entrance is free but a donation appreciated. In the village itself there is also a community garden called simply The Field, with a labyrinth, which could be enjoyed not only by the children. It opened only in 2012, so, unfortunately, I couldn't see it. Your visit to Duddingston Village wouldn't be complete without dropping into the Sheep Heid Inn, the famous local pub.
The pictures of the church and the loch were taken by my friend Shane (VT uglyscot). Thank you!
In the United Kingdom, a police box is a telephone kiosk or "callbox" located in a public place for the use of members of the police, or for members of the public to contact the police. They have become a much-loved and quintessential British icon, just like the double-decker bus and red telephone boxes. Some of the earliest police boxes date back to the 1920s.
Police Boxes in London were generally blue (nowadays this type of box has also been made famous as "The Tardis" in the popular UK childrens' TV series "Dr Who") but those in Glasgow were red and were not painted blue until the late 1960s. The network of boxes set up in Edinburgh were a completely different design (some of them are green, for example) and many of which can still be seen today.
Nowadays, Edinburgh's Police Boxes serve a very different and more quirky function... they still serve the public... by serving them coffee! At these boxes you can buy coffee, ice creams, various other refreshments and small snacks.
One of the most famous has been in business for well over 10 years now and is situated in "The Meadows", a large public park to the south of the city centre. But you'll probably come across quite a few of these boxes in the old part of town.
These coffee shops don't sell particularly amazing coffee or food, but they're a unique addition to Edinburgh's vibrant streets and I think they're great :-)
I apologize for the out-of-focus photo! Somehow my camera wasn't happy on that day!
The Sheep's Heid in Duddingston Scotland is a great place to spend in evening of great pub grub, a pint or two and some of the oldest ten pin bowls you will ever find. Arriving in Duddingston is as picturesque as you would expect to find Scotland's oldest surviving pub. Beautifully well maintained gardens, cobbled stoned streets and that village feel where you will find some of the most sought after property in Edinburgh.
I went to this place for a birthday celebration while I lived in Scotland and found no tourists and instead a lively bunch of bantering locals. It has a great atmophere and it you want to skip the touristy royal mile but still want an unique experience this is the place for you. Even if you don't play, don't forget to check out the bowling alley in the back.
The easiest way to get here is probably by taxi from the Newington area/ dalkeith rd in Edinburgh or walk if you are at Arthurs seat.
Mesmerised by the wonderful architecture of this fascinating city, you are likely to forget that Edinburgh is situated on the North Sea. Reminded of it by my tutor, though I had known it myself before, one day I got on a bus going in that direction to see what the seaside looked like. The name Portobello suggested to me great beaches so I headed there first. What I found was my only disappointment there. A narrow dirty brownish beach, a kind of pavillion with slot-machines during the season, no open sea, only land in the distance. If I had looked at the map more closely, I should have expected the latter, but still it all looked so bleak on a clear November day. I got on a bus as quickly as I could to continue my journey to Duddingston Village and I was immediately charmed. I had not made that trip for nothing.
About 8 miles south of Edinburgh lies the village of Roslin, set in a lovely glen. Here you will find Rosslyn Chapel, the mysterious chapel linked with the holy grail. It really is a must see as it is a totally stunnig building and there is something truely magical about the place.
Lothian Buses service 15A (not15) and First service 62 both go to Rosslyn.
Deepsea World is at the north of the Forth rail Bridge at QueensFerry.
If arriving at Edinburgh Airport ask the Driver of the Airport bus for a day ticket, not only will it get you into Edinburgh but you will be able to travel on Edinburgh's buses all that day.
Watch the planes come into land at Silverknowes & Cramond
The Edinburgh Dungeon
This was one of the high points of the visit! They have a ride, lots of history and torture devices(not for the faint of heart) but best of all was the actors. There was several skits, where they took you through the gruesome side of Scottish history, very good acting and interactive. Well worth the 8 pound fee.
If you go here simply walk the Royal Mile, do the castle tour, Holyrood Palace, haunted underground tour and shop.