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The Meadows is a large expanse of common, green space to the South of Edinburgh Old Town, adjoining the main Edinburgh University area. It extends from Melville Drive (A700) in the East as far as Bruntsfield in the West. In the Summer, this central, car-free space is the scene of festivals, sports days, and is a popular place for people who just want to soak up the sun, kick a ball about, fly a kite, walk the dog, or play Frisbee. There are tennis courts to the East of the Meadows, and golf is played West of Whitehouse Loan on a small putting course. Formal cricket matches are also held in West Meadows and five-a-side tournaments take place from time to time. The Royal Company of Archers also holds its annual archery tournament, the Edinburgh Arrow, in the Meadows. There are a number of busy cycle and pedestrian pathways through the Meadows which are lined with mature trees. Arthur’s seat in Holyrood Park is clearly visible from the Meadows.
Melville Drive, EH9 9EX
Portobello Beach, just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, is a charming seaside suburb, with two miles of golden sand making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The Seaside Award-winning beach draws large crowds in good weather and, along with the promenade, hosts a number of popular events, including the annual Big Beach Busk, international volleyball competitions and triathlon events. The Portobello Beach Festival, Portobello Kayaking and Sailing Club is based here, along with RowPorty, a community-run coastal rowing club. Look out also for the splendid Victorian swimming pool, featuring an original Aerotone and Turkish baths. If you are seeking refreshment, there is a choice of several bars and cafés on the promenade, with further options on Portobello’s bustling high street, including quality independent restaurants and gift shops. There is a market in Brighton Park on the first Saturday of every month, selling fresh local produce as well as crafts. Portobello’s elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture is protected within the conservation area and there are a number of attractive parks to enjoy. An independent town until 1896, Portobello retains its unique character and sense of identity, making a trip to Edinburgh’s Seaside an essential part of your visit to […]
Portobello Beach, EH15 2BP
Leith Festival is all about the community of Leith. We have 9 days of events, 11th – 19th June 2016, organised for the people of Leith by the people of Leith. It gives the opportunity for professional and amateur groups alike to be involved in theatre, music, arts, history, song, in fact pretty much anything within their local community. There is a Leith Festival programme so you can find what event/s and venue/s you’re looking for in the area during Festival time. Oh, and don’t forget to look out for our opening ceremony, the Leith Pageant, where dancers, artists, pipe bands, folk in fancy dress parade through the heart of Leith and where hundreds of well wishers line the streets, and of course, not forgetting our Gala Day (both events take place on Saturday the 11th June 2016), which takes place on Leith Links from 10.30am. Another show stopping event for you to note in your calendar, is our traditional closing ceremony, the Leith Festival Tattoo (Sunday 19th June 2016), which takes place at the end of Tower Street next to the Water of Leith, opposite the Mal Maison Hotel. Leith Festival 2016 programme (web) http://www.leithfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Leith-Festival-2016-programme-web.pdf
17 Academy Street, Leith. Edinburgh. EH6 7EE
The Mound is an artificial hill in central Edinburgh, Scotland, which connects Edinburgh’s New Town and Old Town. It was formed by dumping around 1,501,000 cartloads of earth excavated from the foundations of the New Town into the drained Nor Loch which forms today’s Princes Street Gardens. The construction of the Earthen Mound, as it was originally called, was begun in 1781 and it was extended over the years until by 1830 it was macadamised and landscaped so that it appeared more or less complete. When the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was extended to Waverley in 1846, tunnels were driven under The Mound to allow access to the west.
The Mound, Edinburgh
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