Edinburgh Journals

Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

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A September 2007 trip to Edinburgh by Drever

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Quote: Some of the many attractions in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile are covered in this journal. Others will be covered in subsequent journals.

Royal Mile

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Attraction | "The Royal Mile"

Royal Mile Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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To walk down The Royal Mile it is to walk through history. Extending between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood it consists of the adjoining streets: the Espalande, Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Netherbow, Canongate and Abbey Strand. At the top, historic Edinburgh Castle sits on its lofty perch – an extinct volcano. It contains the tiny 12th-century St Margaret's Chapel, the huge 15th-century cannon, Mons Meg and the Great Hall erected in 1510; also the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and the National War Museum of Scotland. Its esplanade hosts the famous Military Tattoo in August each year. On the right side of Castlehill is the Tartan Weaving Mill and...Read More

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Royal Mile
Main Thoroughfare of Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Attraction | "The Camera Obscura "

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle sits high above Edinburgh in an Outlook Tower originally forming part of Short's Observatory - a 17th century building. Paying at the ticket counter I slogged up six flights of stairs, browsing historic photographs of Edinburgh in the stairwell as I ascended. At the top an observation deck gave 360° panoramas of Edinburgh - the view took my breath away. Even better free telescopes including a high-power Navy telescope, offered close-up views of the city and beyond.At the scheduled time my accumulated group filed into the Camera Obscura and the show began. The 150-year-old periscope-like lens threw an image of nearby streets...Read More

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 226 3709

Parliament House

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Attraction | "Old Parliament Building"

Parliament House Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Partially hidden by the bulk of St. Giles Cathedral lies Parliament Hall, an important part of Scotland’s history. It was the seat of Scottish government from 1639 until 1707 when the governments of Scotland and England were united. The centre of power then moved to Westminster in London - 104 years after the union of the two crowns.The 123 feet long hall is decorated with a beautiful Neo-gothic hammer beam roof and a series of Raeburn portraits. A striking feature is the Great Window in the south wall celebrates the founding of the Court of Session in 1532. It contains 8,000 pieces of painted and stained glass covering 390 square feet.Imagine the scene when Parliament opened here ...Read More

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Parliament House
Parliament Square
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1RF
+44 131 225 2595

Scottish Parliament

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Attraction | "The Scottish Parliament"

Scottish Parliament Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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In 2004, after a gap of 297 years during which the British Parliament governed Scotland, Scotland had once again its own parliament. It is now housed at the foot of the Royal Mile close to the Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyrood. Strangely a Catalan architect, Enric Miralles, designed the building - he died before its completion. He aimed to produce a poetic union between the Scottish landscape, its people, its culture and the city of Edinburgh. This approach won the parliament building many awards and the description "a tour de force of arts and crafts and quality without parallel in the last 100 years of British architecture". The result is a collection...Read More

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Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (131) 348 5000

St. Giles' Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Giles' Cathedral"

St. Giles' Cathedral Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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A prominent feature of the Edinburgh skyline, St. Giles' Cathedral with its distinctive hollow-crown tower decorates the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. St. Giles himself was the patron saint of cripples and lepers, which gives a clue to the antiquity of the church. It has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for over 900 years. The oldest parts of the building are four massive central pillars, dating from 1120. Over the years chapels added while enlarging the church has left it irregular in plan. At one time there were fifty altars.Today it is the mother church of Presbyterianism and is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. It has uniquely reflecte...Read More

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St. Giles' Cathedral
High Street, Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1RE
+44 131 225 4363