Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

  • Duddingston Loch
    Duddingston Loch
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  • Fountain in the courtyard, Linlithgow
    Fountain in the courtyard, Linlithgow
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  • Remnants of past glory
    Remnants of past glory
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Edinburgh

  • 1. Daytrips

    Linlithgow is a small town about 25 km west of Edinburgh, best-known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The palace where she was born is now a roofless ruin, but its romantic rooms, stairways...

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  • 2. Sidetrips

    We were staying in Peebles for a week and were meeting up with an old nursing mate of mine. So we were looking for somewhere to meet when she suggested Tarquair House. We were staying in Tarquair...

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  • 3. Rosslyn Chapel

    In 1446 Sir William St. Clair, the 3rd. and last Prince of Orkney built an extraorinary Chaple here in tiny Roslin. The Gothic Chaple has links with the Knights Templer and the Mason's Organisation...

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  • 4. Arthur's Seat

    This is Arthur's Seat, the highest protrusion rising above Edinburgh in Holyrood Park, as seen from my son's kitchen window on South Oxford Street. For some more views, please see my Views of...

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  • 5. Old Town

    The Scotman Steps were originally built at the end of the 19th Century as part of the Scotman Newspaper office. Over time they became a target for graffiti artists and anti-social behaviour (for...

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  • 6. Waters of Leith

    For an off the beaten track sight, try a walk along the Water of Leith from Stockbridge, which is an area very near the West End of Princes Street. Start the walk beside the imposing castle style...

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  • 7. Royal Mile

    Just outside St. Giles Cathedral, near the building's west door, on the Royal Mile is a heart-shaped mosaic sent into the cobbles. It marks the site of the old Tollbooth (15th century prison) where...

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  • 8. South Queensferry

    A boat plies the waters between South Queensferry and Inchcolm - a large, occasionally inhabited island in the estuary. The boat takes you under both the Forth bridges, with great views of them and...

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  • 9. Greyfriars

    i was taken by this dog's story and that it moved me to tears. when his owner died, the dog stayed over the owner's grave and cried for the next five years until he died on the grave. he refused to...

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  • 10. Museums & Galleries

    The base itself originally dates from 1916, when it was a coastal defence station, with torpedo bombers, and airships. I hadn't known the airships had much role, but apparently they guarded North Sea...

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  • 11. Salisbury Crags

    Here is a close up shot of the sandstone rock cliffs above Edinburgh - known as Salisbury Crags. As mentioned in my Must See tips, you get amazing views of the City from here, as well as a real...

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  • 12. Viewpoints

    Walking in Lauriston pl, at night, in search of a place with live music, (I found it!), we passed by a well illuminated building that we couldn't identify. Only back home I discovered that it is...

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  • 13. Parks & Gardens

    Dunbar's Close Gardens are on Canongate, very near Canongate Kirk and are a real 'hidden gem'. The gardens were created in 1978, in 17th-century style, after the close itself was demolished and the...

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  • 14. New Town

    St Andrew Square is situated in the City Centre. Construction began in 1772 towards part of the New Town deigned by James Craig. St Andrew Square, at the time, was the most sought out area to live in...

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  • 15. Walking

    You can walk across the Forth Road Bridge (or cycle). Not on the traffic lanes, but the pedestrian/cycle lanes on either side. It's 1.5 miles in each direction, so a reasonable walk. I ran across...

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  • 16. Tours

    We took friends who were visiting from the States on the Hairy Coo tour as part of their holiday in Scotland. Not having visited the Highlands yet ourselves, it was also a great chance for us to see...

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  • 17. Forth Bridge

    Sitting side by side the two bridges give a stark contrast of the engineering feats of two different centuries: The Forth Rail Bridge was the world’s first major steel bridge. It was begun in 1883...

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  • 18. Calton Hill

    No disrespect intended to the citizens of the Ukraine. The plaque in the photograph commemorates a 1000 years of Christianity in the Ukraine. 988 - 1988 Saint Wolodymyr the Great - Ruler of...

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  • 19. Edinburgh Castle

    Instead of taking a walk up the street (which is rather steep anyway), take one of the paths up the hill in front of the Castle. It provides a beautiful panorama of Edinburgh, and is suprisingly...

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  • 20. Cycling

    I didn't even know there was such a thing as the Union Canal until I happened onto it while I was cycling around Edinburgh. I guess I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere, which is easy to do if...

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  • 21. Deep Sea World

    The size of the big tank is 4.5 million litres and here many sand tiger sharks, stingrays, conger eels and other big fishes swim around. You can walk in a tunnel going through/under the tank and will...

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  • 22. Festivals

    On the last May Holiday weekend The Festival of The Sea was staged in Leith. Gone now but Leith is still the working port of Edinburgh, berth of cruise and navy ships, and home of the Royal Yacht...

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  • 23. Architecture

    Be sure to visit the new Parliament Building at Holyrood. Its not obvious that the public are allowed in, and once inside it is easy to miss the debating chamber which is a model of what modern...

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  • 24. Scott Monument

    thought I'd go ahead and add a couple views from the castle. This is looking north. Sir Scott's monument is the interesting sculpture with the spires. The train station is the place to the right with...

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  • 25. Princes Street

    This statue is beside Princes Street in West Princes Street Gardens, opposite the junction with Frederick Street and just above the Ross Bandstand in the below gardens. It commemorates the Royal...

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