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Edinburgh City Tour in Private Minibus
"Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh C witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During our tour we cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile we lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. Highlights include:New Town
From GBP300.00
 
Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour
"Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Join this and hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During your tour you will cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile your guide Alan will lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions
From GBP45.00
 
Edinburgh City Tour in Private Minibus from Glasgow
"Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh C witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During our tour all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh will be covered. Starting on the famous Royal Mile you will be lead through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions
From GBP350.00

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BURKE & HARE Scotland's most famous serial killers

In the 19th century, Edinburgh university specialized in anatomical research, but obtaining bodies to dissect was difficult. This shortage resulted in "Resurrection men" (body snatchers) raiding...
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JessH
Jul 25, 2011

"Half Hangit Maggie" - back from the dead

Margaret (Maggie) Dickson was a young & pretty fish vendor from Musselburgh. In 1723 she fell pregnant after an affair, the baby died shortly after birth and Maggie left the corpse on a riverbank....
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JessH
May 30, 2011

The History of Edinburgh's Grassmarket

In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle you will find the Grassmarket. During my first-ever visit to the city we stayed in a small self-catering apartment here and found it to be a fantastic area with lots...
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JessH
May 29, 2011

Walking around

What I really loved about Edinburgh, apart from all of the famous sights, was simply walking around the old Town. I really loved the streets and old buildings, one street in particular that stands out...
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clairegeordio
Sep 22, 2006

Edinburgh Old Town - Enjoy These Stone Buildings

I just love looking at, and being amongst these old buildings. It never ceases to amaze and excite me - I get like a child exploring rock pools at the seaside!!!So, come to Edinburgh but allow extra...
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scotlandscotour
Apr 29, 2004

medieval city trekking

You really can walk nearly everywhere in this city. Just be aware of one of the obvious features of High St...it's HIGH...to reach it and the Royal Mile from Princes St and the Edinburgh Castle area,...
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morgane1692
Sep 12, 2003

Tall buildings--early skyscrapers

I enjoyed Edinburgh's tall buildings. Apparently the old city was only a mile long by a half mile wide, so the buildings went up instead of out. I thought they gave the city a unique look and...
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hslowe
Mar 26, 2003

Wellhead

This wellhead, found just outside John Knox’s house, was one of a limited quantity of cisterns that supplied water to the old town until 1822. The water came from Comiston springs via Castlehill...
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Ash59
Feb 09, 2003

Alleyway detail

The surround to the alleyways is usually made of plain stone but some, like this one, have been spruced up. Most of those that are maintained in this fashion are usually entrances to private...
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Ash59
Feb 09, 2003

Alleyways

As you walk down the Royal Mile, you will find several small entrances that are alleyways, leading either through to other roads or into courtyards, which are surrounded by tenement flats...
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Ash59
Feb 09, 2003

When you are in Edimburgh you...

When you are in Edimburgh you must visiting The OldTown.The Old Town represents the total extent of the twin burghs of Edimburgh and Canongate for the first 650 years of their existence.You must...
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Inside
Aug 24, 2002

Alleyway detail

Some of the alleyways have some ornate carving above them, usually denoting the importance of the area that the walkway leads to.
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Ash59
Feb 09, 2003
 
 
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Things to Do Near Edinburgh

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Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a beautiful Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is quite dirty, unfortunately it was decided cleaning the monument may damage it, so it has been...
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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the entire city of Edinburgh from its perch high up on castle rock. We thought it looked beautiful in the recent snow. It looks quite different from its far side so it is...
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Mons Meg - Edinburgh Castle

In 1457, King James II was presented with two massive siege guns, one blew up in use, and the other is still to be seen on display at Edinburgh Castle. Made in Mons in Belgium it fired missiles...
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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has lots to see and takes a lot of time to see it all. There are plenty of free Toilets and they haven't forgotten you many get hungry and thirsty. Located in the old Cart Sheds...
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National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is housed in a superb building...at least, the old part of it is superb (the part which was, until fairly recently, the 'Royal Museum'). I wasn't very taken with the...
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Museum on the Mound

In 2006 the Museum on the Mound first opened its doors to the public.....and it is FREE !!! This fascinating museum is all about money and more. You can see how the money was designed, the technology...
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