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Edinburgh in General
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Edinburgh in General
Date: 04/01/01, updated on 13/01/01 (356 review reads)
Many years later, in 1830, the bones of a baby were found. The bones, wrapped in richly embroidered silk, were in a small oak coffin. The coffin had been hidden in the wall of a tiny room.
It was the room where Mary Queen of Scots had given birth to a son. Mary's 'son' was the future King James I of England.
Get off the train in Edinburgh and within a few steps you are in Edinburgh Castle. You can visit the room where James I 'was born'.
The castle is built on a rock. From the walls of the castle you can see the Firth of Forth and the romantic extinct volcano called Arthur's seat. Within the castle you can see crown jewels that are much older than those in the Tower of London. You can also view the Stone of Destiny, supposedly the pillow used by the Jacob of the old Testament.
Leaving the castle you may stroll along the Royal Mile to the house of John Knox. As you may recall, Knox was 59 when he married a girl aged 17.
It was Knox, the Roman Catholic priest, who protested against the corruption of some of his fellow priests.
It was Knox who became a galley slave. It was Knox who became a friend of the cruel and misguided John Calvin.
It was Knox who opposed Catholic Mary Queen of Scots and who led the Protestants in the Reformation.
The Royal Mile has many medieval houses, closes and wynds which helped inspire R L Stevenson, the author of Jekyll and Hyde.
At the far end of the Royal Mile lies the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Here you may visit the apartment where Mary Queen of Scot's Italian 'lover' was murdered. Riccio was Mary's secretary. While Mary was having dinner with the Italian, Mary's husband, Lord Darnley, arrived and Riccio was stabbed to death.
Have a look at Edinburgh University, on Chambers St, off South Bridge. This is the site of the hous
e where Darnley, supposed father of James I of England, was murdered. The house got blown up and Darnley was found strangled. Mary's new friend, Bothwell, was acquitted of the crime!
Enough of violence. Edinburgh has more to offer than history.
Edinburgh has lap dancers.
Edinburgh has the FESTIVAL,
THE FUN PARK, Portobello Promenade, has dodgems, a soft play area, ten pin bowling, a pool hall etc. ideal for some kids.
THE TOWER AMUSEMENT CENTRE, 49 Figgate lane, Portobello, is the place for bingo, kiddie rides and other amusements.
NIGHT LIFE: Try EGO, on Picardy Place, which has a 'no policy' music policy. "The best after-party not held in somebody's front room."
Or take a look at CELLAR BAR NO. 1, on Chambers St., which has live music.
THE EDINBURGH EXPERIENCE, City Observatory, Carlton hill, tells the story of Edinburgh via 3D images. Worth a visit. Carlton Hill has fine views of the hilly city.
THE PEOPLE'S STORY, 163 Canongate, gives us the sights, sounds and smells of Edinburgh from the late 18th century. It is the story of the ordinary folks. Definitely worth a visit.
EDINBURGH FRUITMARKET GALLERY, 45 Market St., has challenging modern art.
THE GEORGIAN HOUSE, 7 Charlotte Square, designed by Robert Adam, is a typical 18th century New Town house. Nice furniture.
GLADSTONE'S LAND, 477B Lawnmarket, is a typical 17th century Old Town tenement. The rich originally moved out of the Old Town and into the New Town to avoid sewage and disease.
GREYFRIAR's KIRK, Greyfriars place, has the National Covenant (some Scots didn't want bishops and signed this document) which led to the Killing Times.
EXCORCISM has apparently failed to remove the ghosts of some of the Covenanters who were imprisoned and died here. There have been a number of recent reports of strange
In Greyfriars churchyard you can see the grave that was watched over by the Skye terrier, Greyfriars BOBBY. The dog supposedly stood by the grave of his master for 14 years. There is a statue to Bobby at the corner of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.
THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, 42 High St, in the Royal Mile, has a fantastic collection of toys, dolls houses, nursery equipment etc. Adults will find it interesting.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND, The Mound, has Velazquez, El Greco, Van Gogh, Monet, Vermeer, Titian and much more. A must for the art lover.
THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Belford Road, has Scottish Colourists Cadell, Ferguson and Peploe. It has Picasso, Miro, Dali, Magritte, Matisse, Henry Moore among a collection of 4000 works of art.
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN at 204 Inverleith Row, was begun in 1670, and allows you to imagine you are in Asia, Africa or South America. Wonderful tall palm trees and glasshouses....
EDINBURGH ZOO, Corstorphine, has the penguin parade (April-Sept 2pm), White Rhinos, and a maze.
ST GILES CATHEDRAL, Royal Mile, is from the 14th/15th century. Knox preached here.
The new Parliament building (designed by a Spaniard and not yet completed).
The Royal Scottish Museum, Chambers St, has a fine collection of primitive art, natural history etc.
Leith (port) is worth a visit for its restaurants.
All in all, Edinburgh is one of the world's most attractive capitals.