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Sightseeing in Edinburgh

Monument / Landmark
“The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, just opposite the Jenners department store and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps.”
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Church
“St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh,is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century, and is protected as a category A listed building. Today it is sometimes regarded as the "Mother Church of Presbyterianism". The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Giles, who is the patron saint of Edinburgh, as well as of cripples and lepers, and was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages. It is the Church of Scotland parish church for part of Edinburgh's Old Town. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“largest monument to a poet in the world. He is credited for finding the Scottish Royal Jewel ( the oldest in Europe) which were well hidden from our neighbours. ”
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Castle
“Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. ”
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Outdoor Sculpture
“Skye terrier dog statue known as Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby faithfully guarded over his owners grave in the nearby Greyfriars Kirkyard for fourteen years.”
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Outdoor Sculpture
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“Greyfriars Bobby's Bar occupies the ground floor of a row of Georgian houses adjoining the historic Candlemakers' Hall, built in 1722. The name of the bar is inspired by an Edinburgh legend of a scruffy Skye terrier called Bobby. When his owner died in 1858, Bobby faithfully watched over his grave and was buried alongside his master in the Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1872”
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Scenic Lookout
“Historic setting beside the castle and then walk down the royal Mile to Holyrood.”
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History Museum
“A 17th century tenement house , one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, can only be visited by guided tour and it's great if you want to find out more about how life was in the Old Town of Edinburgh in the 17th century. There is a shop on the ground floor where you can buy real Scottish souvenirs, tasteful and good quality stuff actually made in Scotland.”
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Well
“Riveside walk along the stunning water of Leith. This is a real gem. Hard to believe it's in the middle of the city. Great place for a jog, evening walk, morning chillout with a coffee or walk along to the Modern Art Gallery... always proud to show people this particular find”
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Scenic Lookout
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Bridge
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Historic Site
“Riddle’s Court is an A listed building located close to Edinburgh Castle. Dating from the late 16th century, it is one of the finest surviving merchant’s houses on the Royal Mile. If you love discovering the past do make time for a visit”
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Bridge
“Stop off here if you're walking along the canal, there are some great views of the castle and city from the top of the bridge, especially at sunset!”
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Scenic Lookout
“The Whisky Experience where you can hear all about whisky, have some drums and buy a nice bottle as souvenir.”
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