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Part Six of Six in our Edinburgh Visitor Guide & Walking Tour. Finally, we now move our attention from Outlook Tower, Edinburgh's oldest purpose-built paid attraction, onto the high point of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Scotland's most visited paid attraction - Edinburgh Castle. Dramatic and impressive from our viewpoint here in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle is the jewel in Historic Scotland's crown: With its popularity and the limited space inside, Historic Scotland struggle to give the tourist visiting Edinburgh Castle an experience that could match their expectation; then there's the high entrance cost. But! Can you come to Edinburgh, without... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
Finally we move, from Edinburgh's oldest purpose built attraction, onto Scotland's most visited paid attraction, Edinburgh Castle. Impressive and dramatic from our viewpoint in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle is the jewel in the crown of Historic Scotland: With so many visitors, they struggle to give customers an experience that matches expectation and entrance fees are high. But can you visit Edinburgh, without visiting her castle? Once inside, watch out for the free guided tours around the castle and there are unequalled opportunities to take some memorable pictures of and from Edinburgh Castle. If you visit Edinburgh in August, another... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Vi Blog of Edinburgh
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Part Five of Six in our Edinburgh Visitor Guide & Walking Tour. Let's now move, from the Mound, to explore our Edinburgh view further: Walk between the two galleries, after crossing the road, go into West Princes Street Gardens. Once there - look up at the red and white buildings of Ramsay Garden. The colourful cottage style of these apartments and terraced houses are different; almost playful in contrast to the sharp edges of nearby New College and Edinburgh Castle. Since the well to do's of Edinburgh moved en-masse, from living cheek by jowl; life, in the neglected old town... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
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Part Four of Six in Edinburgh Information Story Travel Guides. Before leaving the Mound look over Princes Street Gardens, beyond Waverley Station and the North Bridge, to the end of the valley and glimpse the edges of two hills. To the left, on the crag of Calton Hill, we see the baronial styled Governors House; all that remains of a notorious jail. The top of Calton hill is an excellent place to take pictures of the city, especially, when Edinburgh gets one of her bonnie sunsets. On the first of May each year, fair maidens after attending The Beltane Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
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Part Three of Six in Edinburgh Information Story Travel Guides. Walk through Princes Street Gardens, past the Scott Monument and arrive at 'The Mound'; a road linking Edinburgh's medieval old with her neo-classical new. When this road was first considered, Edinburgh's New Town was residential, and its residents still worked in their old town. The earth, from excavating the new town, was dumped, in the valley between; over the drained remnants of a no longer required defensive and offensive smelling North Loch. The mounds of earth formed a handy thoroughfare for the resident's daily commute. There are two buildings at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
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Part Two of Six: Building & Naming Edinburgh's Georgian New Town. Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping thoughfare, beside the Scott Monument, is about a mile long and fronts her Georgian New Town. The Street was originally planned to be known as Saint Giles Street, after the patron saint of Edinburgh, but the British Hanoverian King, George III (unkindly remembered as a mad king who lost America), wished such an important new street in his kingdom should represent his sons, the Royal Princes. George Street, which runs parallel to and above Princes Street, still has some good examples of the Georgian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
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Part One of Six: Scott Monument & the Tartan Kilted Bagpiper. Our overview / walk starts at the Tourist Information Centre for Edinburgh & Scotland, on the rooftop of Princes Shopping Mall, which is at the east end of the city's main thoroughfare; Princes Street. (Most local buses will pass this location, as they go through the city-centre and this is where you would arrive in Edinburgh if coming by train or airport bus.) After taking the scenic route, through Princes Street Gardens, which runs along the valley that separates Edinburgh's Old & New Town, we climb the hill that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
Gododdin Carabosse and the BBC: We continue with our early history of Edinburgh. Using extracts from a BBC radio three program, about a Welsh poem "Y Gododdin", to find out what happened to The Votadini tribe. We filmed this video footage when the street theatre entertainers Carabosse' appeared on the Royal Mile last New Year, as part of our 2010 Hogmanay celebrations. Read the script - It's now circa 600AD; The Romans gone, and we find descendants of The Votadini tribe in their stronghold. These northern Celtic Britons are 'The Gododdin', and their story is told, in the poem 'Y... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
Using footage shot at Bank of Scotland fireworks and music extravaganza, at the end of Edinburgh's International festival as background, we explain how Edinburgh's landscape was formed, and examine the lifestyle of the city's earliest inhabitants (The Votadini). Fireworks are choreographed to music of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and choir, synchronised to the beat of their conductors' baton (Matthew Hall). Read the Film Script Rising up from a primeval swamp, Edinburgh began its life as one of the many volcanoes in the area. Over many thousands of years as ice ages came and went, grinding movement of huge sheets of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
From Edinburgh's Medieval Old Town built on a crag with an ice-age tail - to the world-renowned Georgian New Town, which Edinburgh Castle looks down upon. An overview Edinburgh: Featuring the Classically-influenced architecture and temples, in the city, which Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson described, so well, when writing 'Picturesque Notes' (1879); and the firing of the famous 'One O' Click Gun' from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Film Script "Beautiful as she is she is not so much beautiful as interesting. She is pre-eminently Gothic and all the more since she set herself off with some Greek airs and erected... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Vistory of Edinburgh
An overview of Edinburgh; from the city's medieval Old Town, built on a volcanic crag with an ice-age tail, to the world-renowned Georgian New Town, which Edinburgh Castle looks down upon. This short film features the firing of the famous One O' Clock gun from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle; we also feature the Classically-influenced architecture and Temples, which Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson described so well when writing his 'Picturesque Notes' (1879) YouTube link Film Script Film Script "Beautiful as she is she is not so much beautiful as interesting. She is pre-eminently Gothic and all the more since she... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Vi Blog of Edinburgh
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