Edinburgh Journals

Whisky, Wars, and Highlanders

A travel journal to Edinburgh by aliante1981

Quote: I have been to Edinburgh several times, but it never fails to surprise me.

Royal Mile

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Four ancient streets, stretching from Castlehill Street to Canongate, comprise this mile-long walk, featuring most of the highlights of any trip to Edinburgh. Let us start our walk at the Tolbooth Kirk, the church which has the city’s highest spire and was built in 1840. Right next to it there is the Scotch Whisky Centre – a must for anyone interested in traditional Scotland. Then we pass the Outlook Tower, which you can climb (for a reasonable fee) to get to the observatory which offers some of the best views of Edinburgh. Lawnmarket Street brings us to some more architectural gems, including Gladstone’s land, which is a 17th-century merchant’s house, and Lay Stair’s House, now a museum on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Royal Mile
Main Thoroughfare of Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Giles' Cathedral

Attraction | "St. Giles Cathedral (and the Thistle Chapel)"

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It is one of the biggest ironies of history that the High Church (which is known in Scotland as Kirk) should be known as St. Giles Cathedral. Because this was the place where John Knox directed the Scottish Reformation from, although it is true that the church has twice been a bishop's seat in the 17th century. Architecturally this is a large Gothic building, dating back to the Middle Ages. The cathedral is constructed in the form of a large cross, dominated by a 15th-century tower with a dome and numerous Gothic spires, including an open one with eight flying buttresses. The tower and its decorations miraculously escaped renovation in the 19th century, the same that significantly altered...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

St. Giles' Cathedral
High Street, Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1RE
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