I enjoyed this article from the Guardian in December, researched by Claire Lloyd. Have added the images to help inspire…
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Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh exhibitions, Edinburgh food and restaurants, Edinburgh walks, Uncategorized, tagged Calton Hill, Channings boozy snoozy, Cramond, Dean village, Edinburgh bars, Edinburgh New town, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh princes street, Falko konditorei, Greyfriars kirk, Juice almighty edinburgh, Nelson monument edinburgh, Renroc cafe, Restaurants in leith, Roseleaf cafe-pub, Scottish National gallery of modern art, The manna house, Water of Leith walkway, William McGonagall on April 1, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, tagged accommodation edinburgh, Accommodation near Arthur's Seat, Accommodation near Holyrood park, accomodation edinburgh, apartment edinburgh, appartment in edinburgh, edinburgh history, Edinburgh Holyrood, history in edinburgh, history of holyrood palace, Holyrood, Holyrood Palace, Holyrood Park, Mary queen of Scots, visit holyrood palace, what to do in edinburgh, where to stay in edinburgh on March 13, 2010| Leave a Comment »
I find the history of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh a fascinating one.
Holyrood Abbey was founded on the site in 1128 by David I, King of Scotland, and the palace was built in various stages right beside.
Holyrood is now an imposing ruin next to the palace which is the official royal residence in Edinburgh.
Standing at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace was built with an inner quadrangle, in the French style, and contains a chapel, gallery, royal apartments and a great hall.
Its history is wonderfully rich, one of its most notable residents being Mary Queen of Scots. Married at just 15 and widowed at 19, Mary returned to Scotland and was crowned at Holyrood Palace.
Among the many interesting things to see are the wooden ceilings in Mary’s quarters which date back to when she lived there. The walls on this, the northern side, were initially built with a view to defense and are very thick, while on the opposite side, despite the external symmetry and similarity, they are much thinner and were built at a later stage.
Members of the public can visit the infamous north turret, where on 9 March 1565, Mary’s Italian secretary David Rizzio was murdered by her jealous second husband Lord Darnley.
It was reported at the time that the poor Rizzio was stabbed an astounding 57 times, in Mary’s presence….a tragic and gruesome tale. Visitors to the palace since that time have claimed to see blood stains on the floor where it happened.
Another interesting occupant was Bonnie Prince Charlie – the palace served as his Head Quarters during the 1745 uprising.
The palace is open for most of the year, but is closed when the Queen and members of the Royal family are visiting.
If you are planning a stay in Edinburgh it is well worth a visit. For accommodation in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.
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Beautiful city of Edinburgh!
Where the tourist can drown his sorrow
By viewing your monuments and statues fine
During the lovely summer-time.
I’m sure it will his spirits cheer
As Sir Walter Scott’s monument he draws near,
That stands in East Prince’s Street
Amongst flowery gardens, fine and neat.
And Edinburgh Castle is magnificent to be seen
With its beautiful walks and trees so green,
Which seems like a fairy dell;
And near by its rocky basement is St Margaret’s Well,
Where the tourist can drink at when he feels dry,
And view the castle from beneath so very high,
Which seems almost towering to the sky.
Then as for Nelson’s monument that stands on Calton Hill,
As the tourist gazes thereon, with wonder his heart does fill
As he thinks on Admiral Nelson who did the Frenchmen kill,
Then, as for Salisbury Crags, they are most beautiful to be seen,
Especially in the month of June, when the grass is green;
There numerous mole-hills can be seen,
And the busy little creatures howking away,
Searching for worms among the clay;
And as the tourist’s eye does wander to and fro
From the south side of Salisbury Crags below,
His bosom with admiration feels all aglow
As he views the beautiful scenery in the valley below;
And if, with an observant eye, the little loch beneath he scans,
He can see the wild ducks about and beautiful white swans.
Then, as for Arthur’s Seat, I’m sure it is a treat
Most worthy to be seen, with its rugged rocks and pastures green,
And the sheep browsing on its sides
To and fro, with slow-paced strides,
And the little lambkins at play
During the livelong summer day,
Beautiful city of Edinburgh! the truth to express,
Your beauties are matchless I must confess,
And which no one dare gainsay,
But that you are the grandest city in Scotland at the present day!
Posted in Edinburgh Activities, Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh exhibitions, Edinburgh food and restaurants, Edinburgh for children, Edinburgh music and theatre, Edinburgh walks, tagged Andy Goldsworthy in Edinburgh, Bet low paintings, bird habitats Edinburgh, birdwatching edinburgh, Children Edinburh, Edinburgh birds, Edinburgh botanic gardens, Edinburgh for kids, Edinburgh for the family, Edinburgh gardens, Edinburgh guided walks, Edinburgh picnic, edinburgh royal botanic gardens, Family edinburgh, Gardens in Edinburgh, good food in Edinburgh, Inverleith house, Karla Black sculptures, royal botanic gardens edinburgh, things to see at edinburghs royal botanic gardens, visit edinbrughs royal botanic gardens, Whch Elm Project, Wood carving Edinburgh, Wood turning Edinburgh, Woodland Edinburgh on February 3, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Any holiday spent in Edinburgh deserves to include a visit to the delightful Royal Botanic Gardens.
Although not on the same scale as Kew (a mere 70 acres), these gardens have just as much charm and a wonderful amount of variety. Like Kew there are some huge glass houses within the gardens. Ten separate rooms in these glasshouses are designed to create as many different climates and habitats so it is, of course, like rapidly passing from one part of the world to another.
There are huge palms, giant waterlilies, and the largest collection of wild Chinese plants outside China.
Outside highlights include the Arboretum, the Scottish Heath garden, the renowned Alpine Rock Garden, the glorious 165 foot herbaceous border and the Woodland Garden.
As a family outing this is an ideal environment. Children can roam freely – ambushing parents, or just be pushed around in buggies – whilst discovering a wide variety of birds and remarkably bold squirrels.
Picnicking is an excellent option – but there are very good eating options in the grounds also for meals or just coffee.
If you fancy a guided walk, the garden rangers offer a free service most days of the week at particular times of the day. You can find details through the Edinburgh Activities page on the apartment website.
The gardens also contain a building, Inverleith House that hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Currently there is a sculpture exhibition by Karla Black along with paintings by Bet Low. Past exhibitions include a favorite of mine – Andy Goldsworthy. He used the space as the starting point for his inspiration, dividing one room entirely with a delicate lattice work of chestnut leaf stalks.
Elsewhere in the garden there is a craft project called “The Wych Elm Project”, running until 21st March 2010. This was inspired by the felling of a huge Elm in 2003. The wood is now being used to create a wide variety of works by craftsmen such as wood carvers and wood turners.
I hope this gives you the inspiration to visit the gardens – they are certainly worthwhile – and if you’ve anything to add let me know!
Posted in Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh music and theatre, Latest News, tagged Alisdair Fraser, Aly Bain, Andy Cutting, Chris Stout, Dennis Cahill, Edinburgh Folk scene, Folk music Edinburgh, Folk music in Edinburgh, Folk venues Edinburgh, Martin Hayes, Martin Simpson, Natalie Haas, Sandy Bell's Edinburgh, Sandy Bells, Scottish fiddle, Scottish music Edinburgh, tonight in Edinburgh, what to do in edinburgh on January 19, 2010| Leave a Comment »
A quick visit to the apartment enabled me last night to visit Sandy Bell’s. This small bar amazingly hosts Folk music every night. The musicians are just a part of the ambience – not expecting or seeking huge applause – but dedicated to what they are doing. Each night there is a different band. I heard a line up of Fiddle, Flute, Box accordeon, Uillean pipes, and bouzouki.
The musicians were very approachable – I asked Cathy, the fiddler for advice about sources of music for my own playing. She was very keen to suggest players that I might listen to in order to pick up repertoire and the style of playing which can’t really be effectively shown in notes on a page of music.
Some suggestions she made were Scottish Fiddler Alisdair Fraser who plays with Cellist Natalie Haas, Shetland fiddlers Aly Bain and Chris Stout, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes with Guitarist Dennis Cahill, Accordionist Andy Cutting, and Guitarist Martin Simpson.
Music at Sandy Bells starts from about 9pm every night.
Why not make this a part of your stay in Edinburgh!
Sandy Bells is in situated in the University area of Edinburgh Old Town, very near to the Museum of Scotland.
Thanks to all at Sandy Bells for a great evening!
Posted in Edinburgh Arts, tagged accomodation edinburgh, apartment edinburgh, appartment in edinburgh, city breaks, edinburgh, Edinburgh poetry, Edinburgh poets, poem about edinburgh, scottish poem, scottish poetry, valerie gillies, visit edinburgh, where to stay in edinburgh on December 18, 2009| Leave a Comment »
From breathtaking and thought provoking culture to stunning skylines, sandy beaches, festivals and fireworks – the city of Edinburgh has it all. For a holiday in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.
Valerie Gillies is an internationally known poet of much acclaim. She lives in the beautiful Scottish capital.
She was the Edinburgh Maker, poet laureate to the city, 2005 – 2008, and for those unfamiliar with her work, you may enjoy her poem dedicated to this special city.
Stone above storms, you rear upon the ridge:
we live on your back, its crag-and-tail,
spires and tenements stacked on your spine,
the castle and the palace linked by one rope.
A spatchcocked town,
the ribcage split open like a skellie, a kipper, a guttit haddie.
We wander through your windy mazes,
all our voices are flags on the high street.
From the sky’s edge to the grey firth
we are the city, you are within us.
Each crooked close and wynd is a busy cut
on the crowded mile that takes us home
in eden Edinburgh, centred on the rock,
our city with your seven hills and heavens.