Edinburgh is a city that boasts about its dark side! There are many tours that offer to take you around town, with their own twists on the macabre happenings of the past (We’ve included some of these below)! My recommendation is to pick one and do it! Murders, hangings, unfulfilled dreams – you get to hear about it all – sometimes from someone dressed and sounding like a ghost. We continued this journey with Sandemans and our tour guide was scary….see featured image! Just be prepared to hug your younger ones if they are spooked.
Dark side tours in Edinburgh including the one we took (first one) are
On our recent visit to Edinburgh, we learnt that Dolly, the first cloned sheep resided at the National Museum of Scotland (well at least her taxidermied model did). This set off a whole series of questions from my daughter on cloning, the pros/cons and more. This impetus was all that was needed for us to spend an entire afternoon perambulating the exhibits at this free museum. The museum reminded us of our life in the Washington DC area – except here you had highlights crammed from four Smithsonian Museums into one. Here are our top five reasons for visiting and you can see some of it in pictures below:
1 – Dolly of course!
2 – The spectacularly designed Grand Gallery which features a virtual journey around the globe
3 – The Natural World Gallery featuring a large collection of animals from the pre-historic ages to the present time
4 – The Scottish History Gallery which brings the history of the Scottish people to life with artifacts spanning food, culture, war and more.
5- The scientific displays that helps kids learn
If you have visited, we would absolutely love to hear from you.
If you’d like to make your journey more interactive, you can do so with these apps provided by the museum: http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/discover-the-museum/museum-apps/
Voting day is almost here – This week, Scotland will vote on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. As we watch closely, we look upon with fondness our recent walk around the epicenter of the government. Here is a visual journey through Calton Hill. You can explore a lot for free, though we strongly recommend paying a fee to get to the top of the Nelson Monument.
A lovely nook on the way up
Dugald Stewart Monument
Writing at the Nelson Monument
View from the Nelson Monument
Encouragement to ascend
View from the top
To learn more about planning a trip here, check out http://www.edinburghguide.com/parks/caltonhill or http://www.ewht.org.uk/calton-hill