Start: January 25, 2018 12:00 am
End: January 25, 2018 12:00 am
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The name Princes Street is synonymous with Edinburgh, but its architecture is often overlooked by city residents. In fact, most of its buildings are now listed and in amongst the modern stores are some real treasures. Princes Street is part of the New Town plan designed by James Craig in 1767 and took its name from the sons of King George III. In stark contrast to today, it started out as a residential street with the first inhabitants moving in during the 1770’s. Many of the original houses still exist, although they are now often heavily disguised. Look out for No: 95 Princes Street now Hector Russell’s kilt shop, the last surviving completely intact Georgian townhouse. Here you can still see the basic design of a building with three storeys and sunken basement, as laid down in the regulations in 1781. The first residents of Princes Street must have been a fairly adventurous bunch, as it was not a particularly desirable place to live. The Nor’ Loch had only just been drained and resembled a muddy swamp, the ‘earthern mound’ was just being formed from all the excavations, and the street had a growing reputation for being rather windy. Fairly […]
Edinburgh was the first city to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2004. Home to such famed writers as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the world’s biggest monument to a writer (Sir Walter Scott) and the birthplace of Trainspotting, the city is well known for its strong literary heritage. For some, however, the Scottish capital is better known for just one author, and as the homeland of a certain wizard. This year marks the 20th anniversary of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in the U.K in June 1997 and renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when it arrived in the U.S. the following year. Rowling wrote the book while living in Edinburgh, where she still resides. Ahead, we’re exploring her old haunts and the hallowed places that appear in the book.
Overflowing with fantastic history, views, music and culture, Edinburgh is quite rightly one of Europe’s most popular city breaks. But what if you’ve visited the Castle, listened to the bagpipers on the Royal Mile, been whisky tasting and rubbed Greyfriars Bobby’s nose – what can you do on your second visit, or third or fourth? Here’s our pick of some of the best unusual and alternative things to do in Edinburgh. BEEN WHISKY TASTING? TRY SOME LOCAL GIN INSTEAD Think Scotland and you no doubt think whisky. There are over 100 distilleries around the country and even a whole museum in Edinburgh dedicated to it – the Scotch Whisky Experience. But these days gin’s hot on whisky’s heels for the title of Scotland favourite drink. Gin distilleries have sprung up all across the country including two right in the heart of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Gin Distillery on Princes Street and Pickering’s Gin’s Summerhall Distillery both run tours where you can find out about gin’s murky history and learn how it’s made. At Edinburgh Gin, you can also do a gin-making session where you design your own gin. Or if you’re more into the tasting, distillery tasting room turns into a bar in the evenings called Heads and […]
Underground, overground, on top of a volcano, on a boat – Edinburgh’s sights and attractions are as varied as they are exciting. Covering history, politics, royalty, the natural world and more, we didn’t have space to write about all of them so here are our favourites. If you’re not sure where to start, head for the Royal Mile. It’s bookended by two of the city’s headline attractions – Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. Edinburgh Castle Standing majestically on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline. It’s home to St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, and the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. Kings and queens have lived and loved in The Royal Palace. Enemies and pirates have suffered in the Prisons of War. Soldiers are honoured at the Scottish National War Memorial and military history told in the Regimental Museums. Edinburgh University For more than 400 years, Edinburgh University has been attracting students from all over the county and the world with its excellent academic reputation and buzzing city centre campuses. Its galleries and museums – Talbot Rice Gallery, the Anatomical Museum and the Musical Instruments Museum to name a few – are […]
Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture. His best-known work is Auld Lang Syne.
Many types of food are associated with Burns Night. These include cock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup); haggis; neeps (mashed turnips or swedes) and tatties (mashed potatoes); cranachan (whipped cream mixed with raspberries and served with sweet oat wafers); and bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle).