Lothian Off The Beaten Path

  • Forth Bridge, South Queensferry
    Forth Bridge, South Queensferry
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  • Forth Bridge, South Queensferry
    Forth Bridge, South Queensferry
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  • Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry
    Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry
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Lothian Off The Beaten Path

  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    There were several bonny sections of gorse, as pictured, near where we started, at Flotterstone. This is about 7 miles/11km south from the centre of Edinburgh. There is a small visitor centre here, with basic maps, and a pub, the Flotterstone Inn. This is an old rural inn, though I am sure the farmers of 100 years ago would have choked on their...

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  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    A self guided audio tour in 15 languages is offered on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Adult price is £9.00 children £5.00 Over 60's £7.00. Opening times are April - October 9.30 - 4.30 November - March 10.00 - 3.30 Pre booking is recommended in August Tel. 0131 555 5566 We didn't take the tour - but if you have an interest in the Royals & want to see...

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  • Old Town - General

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city with an enticing, yet often very dark history. Just as most old European cities, every street corner tells a story of murder, intrigue, execution, plague & poverty, etc... (and I love that kind of stuff!) A small enclosed section in the Grassmarket marks site where the gallows used to stand. Those of higher rank...

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 criminals were occasionally executed, hence it was a place Edinburgh's criminals would regularly spit upon. Although now sometimes said to be for good...

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  • Arthur's Seat

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 Edinburgh travelogue.

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  • Dean / Stockbridge

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    The walk normally follows the river from |Belarno to Leith. We began our walk at Stockbridge and followed it to the Gallery of Modern Art. The walk takes you under the Dene, under Dean Bridge and Belford Bridge. On the way you pass St Bernard's well with the statue of Hygeaia, the restored Dean village houses, Miller's Row and the three grinding...

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  • South Queensferry

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 South Queensferry. The trip to Inchcolm is about 45 minutes, but the landscape is awe inspiring, as are the occasionally glimpses of seals and puffins....

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Greyfriars

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    In order to locate the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, locate the Greyfriars Bobby Pub, turn your back to it and you should see the statue. It was much smaller than I thought it would be, I walked right past it on the first shot, not sure why I thought a statue of a Skye Terrier would be big. There are at least two versions of the Greyfriars Bobby...

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  • Princes Street

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano within the grounds of Holyrood Park, and makes up one of the 7 hills of Edinburgh. From certain viewing angles, Arthur's Seat also resembles a crouching lion. This is of even greater significance when one considers that the lion is the traditional symbol both of power and of Scottish identity. During our visit...

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  • General Views

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 Heriots school, using a palace that a century ago was a hospital. Very nice... indeed!

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 parliament is all about.

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  • Calton Hill

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 Ukraine. 1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine. The plaque was erected by the Ukrainians who now live in Scotland.

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  • Tours etc.

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 some of the countryside. My husband found The Hairy Coo online and it was a terrific find. We had a great day seeing castles, lochs and hairy coos. We...

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 peaceful. The paths are accessible from the park below the Castle.

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  • New Town - General

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    This footpath runs from Balerno for 12 miles down to The Shore at Leith. I haven't walked it's entire length (just Roseburn to Botanic Gardens) but it's a great place to get away from the bustle of the city streets.

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  • Scott Monument

    Edinburgh Off The Beaten Path

    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 the flat roof.

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