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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
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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
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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

Calton Hill Tips (5)

In memory of Saint Wolodymyr......who?

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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Jul 30, 2005

Calton Hill (III)

The Royal Observatory is also on Calton Hill, some of which dates from the 1700's. It's a mish-mash of buildings, fitting to the mish-mash of structures on this hill.
There are other monuments up here too, to various famous residents or scholars. From up here you can get a good view across the Forth to Fife (on a clear day - we couldn't even see the bottom of the hill).

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Jan 02, 2003

Calton Hill

Calton Hill lies at the east end of Princes Street (roughly speaking). It's something of an odd place. It's like a "monument dumping ground", full of monuments to this, that and the other, with no apparent uniformity or meaning in their layout.
First thing you'll see as you climb Calton Hill is likely to be the Nelson Memorial - built in 1816 to resemble an upturned telescope.

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Jan 02, 2003

Old cemetary

The Old Calton Burial Ground has some famous people buried there.
Next to the gate is a sign with their names.
Among them David Hume, the philosopher.
There is an obelisk from 1844 commerating Thomas Muir, an exiled revolutionary and other ploitical martyrs.
And a monument depicting Abraham Lincoln with a slave kneeling at his feet is in memory of Scottish soldiers who died in the American Civil War.

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Nov 20, 2002
 
 
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Calton Hill (II)

Also on Calton Hill is the National Monument - built in 1822 and never completed it is modelled on the Parthenon. It gives Calton Hill the nickname of AThens Of The North.

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Scott Monument

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National Museum of Scotland

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