Lothian Things to Do

  • Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
    Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
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    Views from the castle
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    Exterior (2)
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Lothian Things to Do

  • Arthur's Seat

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill itself rises above the city to a height of 250m. It provides excellent panoramic views of the city. Many claim that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur, You can watch my 3 min 01 sec Video Edinburgh Arthur's Se

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  • Castle

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Castle Rock is a volcanic plug upon which Edinburgh Castle sits. Its height is 130 metres above sea level and 80 metres from the surrounding landscape. It has misterious rocky cliffs to the south, west and north. You can watch my 3 min 53 sec Video Edinburgh Castle Rock out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Facing St Giles cathedral in the Royal Mile, there's a statue identified as "Duke of Buccleugh" that, for me, meant... no one. Trying to identify him, I read that he was Walter... something... Scott, and that obviously mean something for me (and everybody else in the world). reading more, I notice that... it was a coincidence - sir Walter Scott...

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  • Scott Monument

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The cultural reference to Scotland, Walter Scott, couldn't pass without a significant monument in the capital. Soon after his death, in 1832, the movement began, and in 1844 was finished this elegant tower 60 meters high. The statue in Cararra's is a small white detail in the dark structure.

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  • Calton Hill

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    This isn't exactly a hike, but it is a very nice walk up the hill and there are plenty of monuments to see, as well as great views of Edinburgh on one side, the Firth of Forth on another, and the countryside (near King Arthur's seat, I believe) on the last side. When we went in May there were also some really pretty yellow flowers blooming. One of...

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  • Tours

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Bus tours from Edinburgh are one way to see more of Scotland than just the city. The company Timbererbush Tours offers a variety of bus tours for travel outside of Edinburgh. The particular tour I went on was called "Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands". It meets at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle at 8:00 am and returns at 8:30 pm. The tour...

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  • Greyfriars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Originally a Franciscan convent , which were called Greyfryars , but now it belongs to the Church of Scotland . The church yard ( kirkyard ) is a cemetery , in which apart from being full of macabre stories and legends claims to be one of the places that produce the greatest number of paranormal events. It is a pleasant garden, quiet, where you...

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  • Military Tattoo

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    I decided to return to Edinburgh for a few days prior to a driving trip that we will be taking throughout England and Wales, since the trip is for my birthday in August, I booked the trip before seeing what was going on in Edinburgh. The Military Tattoo is one of the many events that happens in August in Edinburgh, there are nightly performances at...

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  • Old Town

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Old Town is the name given to the oldest part of Edinburgh. Together with Calton Hill it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. When walking around the Old Town I was able to see and admire St. Giles' Cathedral, the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the Old College, University of Edinburgh...

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  • Princes Street

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    With a Scotsman to the door we are received by the impressive "station hotel," one of the most famous of Edinburgh The exterior is notable for its architecture and its tower, that is seen from "all" Edinburgh, in which there is a bell which is called the Big Ben By the way the clock is three minutes in advance all year, so that travellers "do not...

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  • Holyrood

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Holyrood Palace as well-known is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. I saw it only from outside at the bottom of the Royal Mile in at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle.

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  • St Giles Cathedral

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    St Giles' Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is the main Church of Scotland. Its distinctive crown steeple is unique and famous. The Cathedral located on the way down the Royal Mile and was built for approximately 900 years ago.

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  • National Museum and Gallery of Scotland

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Scottish National Gallery, located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, is the national art gallery of Scotland and part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which Includes three galleries in Edinburgh (Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery) and two partner galleries...

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  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Yacht Britannia has been used by the Royal Family for important ceremonial visits, for diplomatic missions and for the Royal Holidays The boat is out of service since 1997 and is docked at Ocean Terminal, from which you can access for visiting the engine room , all rooms including the Queen¨s bedroom, many of their memories and at the end you...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Next to the entrance to the castle, this centre is an attraction well conceived and planned to please adults and children. The tour is simple but pleasant, the tasting demonstrations are quick but concise, and the shop is large and varied. We had lunch in the restaurant, at a reasonable price, with a common meal (nothing to remember or...

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  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Newly restored and now without scaffolding is a real joy for the senses , even if many people visit it but you may see the chapel where everything inside is covered with sculptures On its own merits and with the help of Dan Brown , that locates here in The Da Vinci Code the Holy Grail, it is always crowded, so try to go there to a time when you...

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  • Camera Obscura

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle sits high above Edinburgh in an Outlook Tower originally forming part of Short's Observatory - a 17th century building. Paying at the ticket counter I slogged up six flights of stairs, browsing historic photographs of Edinburgh in the stairwell as I ascended. At the top an observation...

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  • Festivals

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It's "The Fringe" because to begin with it was on the fringes of the "official" International Festival. Now it seems to be bigger than the official version. Venues are all over the city, and free shows abound - not just in the streets during the day. Downsides are that accommodation is full, and so are the restaurants, pubs, public transport...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It is always nice to visit the botanic gardens, but in the case of Edinburgh, it is especially advisable. I recommend a guided tour. An expert will explain the hidden treasures of the garden and many features of the plant species you will see.

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  • Scottish Parliament Building

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    In 2004, after a gap of 297 years during which the British Parliament governed Scotland, Scotland had once again its own parliament. It is now housed at the foot of the Royal Mile close to the Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyrood. Strangely a Catalan architect, Enric Miralles, designed the building - he died before its...

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  • John Knox's House

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    John Knoxx was a protestant reformator in the 16th century. This is the house where he lived. The house was built in 1490 by the goldsmith of Mary Queen of Scots. Nowadays you will find the Scottish

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  • Whiskey

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    I am not normally a spirits drinker and on the odd occasion when I do indulge, whisky would be well down the pecking order in my choice of preferred tipple. However, when I attended a (Scottish) friend's stag weekend in Edinburgh and he asked us to go to the Scotch Whisky Experience, it seemed churlish to refuse. In the end I was glad I did....

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  • Men In Kilts

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It's easy to find men dressed with kilt.It's the tradition of scottish people so there is nothing strange in it.Just for us that we have different traditions it seems a little strange,but believe me it's cool to see them.You can find some in the pubs the the street that arrives to Edinburgh's castle,even if i think it's just a touristic attraction

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  • Dungeon

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Edinburgh Dungeons is a good way to spend part of the day particularly if its a rainny day(rain in Scotland who would think lol). The dungeons are underground and are supposed to tell the story of Edinburgh in the past. There are Witch trials with audience participation (i was the witch during one of our trials) as well as trials for other...

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  • The People's Story Museum

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    During our visit to Edinburgh I was amazed at how many museums and galleries are absolutely free to visit, without any admission charges. And I was grateful that I'd done my homework on VT and other websites before our trip, because next to the National Museum of Scotland and other obvious sites there are some smaller, highly interesting museums...

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  • New Town

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The name of New Town may lead to a mistake since we are talking about an expansion that was made in the city on the XVIII century Moving away from the urbanistic chaos of the Old town, which was a medieval city, they designed a new city with wide streets, parallel and perpendicular, with sanitation, bridges linking the two cities, neo-classical...

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  • Zoo

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Edinburgh Zoo is an 82 acre Zoological park located several miles west of the city.The land lies on the 'Cortorphine Hill' with extensive and stunning view of the city.Built in 1913 and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland it recieves over 600,000 visitors each year.Making Scotland's second most popular tourist attraction after...

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  • The Writer's Museum

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The museum is housed within the 17th century, Lady Stair's House which is just off the Lawnmarket. The museum is dedicated to the lives and works ofthree of Scotland's most well known writers. They are Robert Burns (1759-96), Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94); additionally there are often some ad hoc exhibits dealing...

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  • Museum of Childhood

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    In Hyndland''s Close on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, which runs between the castle and Holyrood Palace, my wife and I visited the Museum of Childhood. We expected to have a quiet look around but parents were shouting excitedly: I had one of those! I used to play with that! We have one of those in the attic! Squeals of pleasure and excitement rang...

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  • Royal Museum

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Adjoining the new Museum of Scotland is a fine old Victorian building which houses the Royal Museum, with collections of Decorative Arts, Science and Industry, Archaeology and the Natural World. Since this museum is FREE you can simply walk in and take a look at one or another of the departments anytime you feel like it. It's an interesting...

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  • Canongate

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Built in 1591 to collect tolls as people entered the city, this building also served as a prison. Today it houses the People's Story Museum and is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Royal Mile.

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  • Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Yes, I have mentioned before about how touristy this place is but it still remains a beautiful spot. There are many other Lochs in Scotland that are more scenic, more remote and less touristy but if you are on time-constraints, Loch Ness makes a great day trip from Edinburgh. Urquhart Castle lies on the banks of the Loch and is the place that has...

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  • Dynamic Earth

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Near the Scottish Parliament there is another controversial new building called Our Dynamic Earth, which describes itself simply as a "visitor attraction" but seems to be a modern interactive museum of the Earth Sciences. I arrived to late to go inside, but it's on my list because I always like this sort of thing, and I'm told it is competently...

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  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Another of these places I've been past a thousand times and never gone in. Well, in December 08 I righted a wrong and went in. It's free, so that's a good start. We only had 30 minutes to spend, but managed to see some interesting portraits of figures from a broad range of Scottish public life. Enough to entice me back the next time I have some...

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  • Churches

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Well the King in question didn't physically build the Church but commissioned its building in 1588. Cannongate was one of the main entrances to the old city & the people of Cannongate used to worship in Holyrood Abbey until King James V1 decided they could no longer worship as he had declared it a Royal Abbey, hence he built Cannongate Church. The...

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  • Cathedrals

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    "The Millennium Window" was the first work in stained glass undertaken by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. The work was executed by the Edinburgh company, Phoenix Glass. The entire composition comprises of a rose window and three lancets. The lancets are all named after Sir Eduardo's daughters - he uses their middle names: Carmela, Francesca and Naomi. The...

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    On Sundays there is an indoor market, - a car boot sale - at the Omni Centre. This is on Leith Walk, just abover the main roundabout, opposite John Lewis departnet store. Cross over on the lights just by the entrance to John Lewis. To the North (down the hill) is the sea. exactly opposite the lights is an entrance to a car park which is just a...

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  • Isle of Skye

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Isle of Skye. You feel small in a countryside like this. Hiking is the best way to experience Skye. But you need good equipment though the weather changes quite fast, here at the Atlantic Ocean, in the western parts of Scotland's coastline, the Inner Hebrides.

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  • Nelson Monument

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The monument is at the top of Calton Hill, which is at the east end of Edinburgh's city centre. It was built to commemorate the victory, and death, of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. The design is formed and derived from an upturned telescope and was created by Robert Burn. The structure was built...

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  • Flower Clock

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    If you enter West Princes Street Gardens from the Mound you will pass a floral clock. There is a new design of the clock every year and about 20 000 plants are used. The floral clock was first created in 1903 and is the oldest floral clock in the world. Well, it is a nice looking clock, but when I passed it was not working.

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  • Hogmanay

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    This year (2008) the Tochlight Procession on December 29 was probably the most spectacular event of the Hogmanay. It seems like this show has very few to do with Scotish history or tradtions, but who cares? And for no doubdt it was a great idiea of uniting people together. It was excellently organized and they suceeded, as promissed, to create...

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  • Pitlochry

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Pitlochry. A good place to start your trips through Central Scotland. The city offers almost everything you are looking for when travelling. A lot of interesting sights, good pubs, distilleries, the mountains around Pitlochry are perfect for hiking, .... Visit Scotland, it is really worth doing so. Scotland, that is the perfect mixture of beautiful...

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  • Leith Artists Circle

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The no of artists in the former burgh of Leith is flourishing into a right little Bohemian latin Quarter. >it is quaint,quirky and loads of fun with a highly developed cafe culture ,lots of live music and interesting meeting places. Three that i hve visited recently are all linked in subject of not directorship They are Coburg studios and the...

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  • Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin

    A few miles south of Edinburgh is this beautiful chapel, set in the rolling hills of Lothian. This is one of the most remarkable churches I've ever seen. It is both intimate and great. The sculptures are outstanding. The chapel has a steel construction on the outside, that enables you to see the details of the outside too: the flying buttresses,...

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