Happy Wednesday, friends! I am excited to introduce you to my new friend Rachel, who blogs over at rachelthings.wordpress.com about beauty and life! She’s sharing a little bit of Edinburgh, Scotland and sure has me wanting to visit it! Thanks so much Rachel! Be sure to stop by her blog.
Hi everyone! I have been asked by Megan to do a guest post about where I live – Edinburgh, Scotland. There are many beautiful parts of the city and I have rounded up my top five for you to enjoy. Some are well-known and attract many tourists, while others you could easily miss if you did not know it was there.
The Old Edinburgh Railway Network.
The railway lines which were used to transport coal Edinburgh during the 19th century still remain but trains no longer run on them. They have now been paved over and are used as cycling trails. Many of the old tunnels are open for the public to use, and it is a fantastic way to get around the city and enjoy the scenic routes.
St. Leonard’s Hall.
St. Leonard’s Hall is located within the grounds of Edinburgh University’s Pollock Halls of Residence. It is mid-19th century castle-like mansion which is now used to hold conferences and events, and also houses the offices for Accommodation Services. It was used as a hospital during the First World War and then became St. Trinnean’s School for Girls until the Second World War when it became the Headquarters for the Home Guard. You may have heard of the fictional St. Trinian’s School which was named after this building.
While working for Accommodation Services, I had a lot of joy going into this building with the beautiful staircases, old paintings and high ceilings.
The Salisbury Crags.
The Crags are volcanic cliffs set in Holyrood Park. They are a popular location for rock climbers, and you can get a 360 degree view of the city from the top. The Crags overlook the University’s Halls of Residence and many students will walk up the adjoining hill, Arthur’s Seat, on the 5th of November to watch the fireworks from across the city in celebration of Guy Fawkes Night.
The the mystical charm of the Castle can be best appreciated, in my opinion, from Princes Street Gardens at night. The Castle withstood many attacks and attempted sieges due to its location. Perched on the top of a volcanic hill, and previously surrounded by a moat (now Princes Street Gardens), the only way to get to the Castle is from the sole entrance at the top of the Royal Mile. The Jacobites tried to besiege the Castle by climbing up the rock face (from where I took the picture), but their ladder was too short.
St. Margaret’s Chapel.
St. Margaret’s was built in the 12th century and is the oldest surviving building in Scotland. It is located within the grounds of Edinburgh Castle and contains beautiful stain glass windows. King David I built the chapel in memory of his mother, St. Margaret. It is still used today for small weddings and baptisms, but is generally open for visitors to enjoy.
I am a Philosophy graduate, born and raised in Scotland. I have the habit of collecting many things including books and make up. I blog about my collections and also my wanderings around Scotland. I am currently working in Social Care, but aspire to work in an Environmental and Conservation job.