#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Five – Deacon Brodie

#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Five – Deacon Brodie

DEACON BRODIE TWO LIVES. ONE MAN. Edinburgh History Today, Edinburgh is known as the beautiful, cultural and historic capital city of Scotland. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Edinburgh has been home to people for over 10,000 years (obviously not the same people) but it wasn’t until the end of the 7th century when they started to even slightly resemble a anything that would be considered a community. In 638 a Celtic fortress was built and that is where…

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#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Four – Nor’ Loch

#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Four – Nor’ Loch

#NATIONALSTORYTELLINGWEEK – DAY FOUR – NOR’ LOCH BEFORE PRINCES STREET GARDENS, THERE WAS NOR’ LOCH. Early history Once a marsh, Nor’ Loch was part of the natural defence of the Edinburgh Old Town. Because the Old Town was built on a steep ridge (still clearly visible today), it expanded on an east-west axis, eastwards from the castle; expansion northward, as would happen with the later New Town, was extremely difficult at this point. The Nor Loch was thus a hindrance…

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#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Three – Greyfriars Bobby

#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day Three – Greyfriars Bobby

#NATIONALSTORYTELLINGWEEK – DAY THREE – GREYFRIARS BOBBY THE STORY OF A DOG AND HIS HEARTBREAKING LOYALTY TO HIS OWNER Greyfriars Bobby is possibly one of Edinburgh’s best known stories. The story has even been made into a couple of films, including one by Walt Disney! Bobby was a watch dog owned by a police constable called John Gray. His master sadly died in 1858 and Bobby spent the rest of his days lying on his master’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard…

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#NationalStoryTellingWeek – Day Two – The Fairy Boy of Leith

#NationalStoryTellingWeek – Day Two – The Fairy Boy of Leith

NATIONAL STORY TELLING WEEK – DAY TWO – THE FAIRY BOY OF LEITH The tale of young, magic drummer The Fairy Boy of Leith is a story that brought attention to both Leith and Calton Hill. It is about a Fairy who played the drums with the elves (There seems to have been a lot of elves in Scotland.) The Story was told by George Burton. THE STORY “About fifteen years since, having business that detained me for some time…

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#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day One – Thomas The Rhymer

#NationalStorytellingWeek – Day One – Thomas The Rhymer

NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK – DAY ONE – THOMAS THE RHYMER 13th Century Scottish Laird, prophet, and rhymer. Thomas of Erceldoune (also known as Thomas The Rhymer or True Thomas) was a Scottish laird and a prophet from Earlston.  Nobody knows where or how Thomas got his ‘powers’. However, in literature he is the protagonist in the tale about Thomas the Rhymer. It was written that he had been carried off by the “Queen of Elfland” and returned with the gift of prophecy,…

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Within The Walls of Edinburgh Castle and it’s Haunted Past

Within The Walls of Edinburgh Castle and it’s Haunted Past

EDINBURGH CASTLE WHAT SECRETS ARE STORED BETWEEN THE WALLS OF THE FAMOUS FORTRESS? Scotland has its fair share of old fortresses, but none quite like Edinburgh Castle. What makes Edinburgh Castle so different from the rest is that it is, almost, a living and breathing creature. While St. Mary’s chapel is the only remaining part of the 12th century structure, the other parts have been added throughout the centuries. Giving it that organic feeling to it. Which means, as you…

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Top 5 Hogmanay Traditions

Top 5 Hogmanay Traditions

THE HOGMANAY TRADITIONS New Year may be a celebrated and familiar day around the world. However, the Scots have their own rich and honored tradition with the day. They call it Hogmanay. The origins of the name Hogmanay remain mysterious. Many believe it derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Haleg monath’ meaning ‘Holy Month’. However, a fair few people believe it’s origins to come from the French phrase ‘Homme est né’ which means ‘Man is Born’. Additionally, a considerable amount of people…

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Who was St. Andrew? Why does he have a Day?

Who was St. Andrew? Why does he have a Day?

Saint And-who? St. Andrew. The Story of Scotland’s Patron Saint. Saint Andrew’s day is celebrated on November 30th it is a day to celebrate Scottish music, food and dance. But who was St. Andrew? Not only is he the patron saint of Scotland. He is also the patron saint of spinsters, sore throats, singers, maidens, fishmongers, women wanting to be mothers, and finally, gout. But how does a man who never set foot in Scotland, become so special and treasured by the Scots…

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To Do: How to have the perfect Edinburgh Christmas.

To Do: How to have the perfect Edinburgh Christmas.

HAVE THE PERFECT EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS Our guide of things to do in Elfinburgh Edinburgh this festive season. Wondering how to have the perfect Edinburgh Christmas? We’ll help you out with our guide of the best things to do in Scotland’s capital this festive season. Edinburgh has plenty of presents under the tree. Whether you’re a culture creature, party person, merry man, festive female or jolly juvenile – there is something for everyone. OUT AND ABOUT European Christmas Market – (19th…

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Harry Potter Tour – J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh Inspiration.

Harry Potter Tour – J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh Inspiration.

HARRY POTTER TOUR EDINBURGH’S HAND IN THE WIZARDING WORLD Harry Potter may live between the spellbinding pages of J.K. Rowlings best-selling book series. However, walk around Edinburgh and you will soon feel like you too are walking in the same magical world. With all the unusual streets, wonderful buildings and other wizz-poppingly fantastic attributes. It is no wonder ‘Jo’ drew so much inspiration from the city. Here is a list of a few places that inspired the famous books. THE…

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