‘Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland; sitting on the nation’s east coast. It’s filled with history and culture and comprises Old and New Towns…
National Galleries of Scotland
Greyfriars Kirk and Greyfriars Bobby
If you haven’t heard the sad tale of Bobby and his Master, where have you been? Certainly not Scotland, that’s for sure. Scots have the tale drilled into them from any early age.
For those not in the know, Bobby is a wee dug (small dog) who lived in Greyfriars in Edinburgh with his master. When his master passed away, the Skye terrier famously lay on his grave for 14 years.
Bobby is possibly the most loyal dog and most loved canine in Scotland. In fact, Greyfriars Bobby is so popular he has his own statue. His master doesn’t have one, but don’t let that colour your opinion of how Scottish people treat each other.
Anyway, Bobby’s statue can be found in Candlemakers Row, just a short walk from the Royal Mile. Directly across the road from Bobby is Greyfriars Kirk, where Bobby has his own grave. It’s perpetually covered in sticks that visitors leave for him, which might be the sweetest thing ON EARTH.
Entry to the Kirk is free of charge, but it’s only open on a seasonal basis. Bobby’s grave and statue are always available to visit.
Writers Museum and Makars’ Court
The Writers’ Museum occupies a small space in Lady Stair’s Close in the Lawnmarket portion of the Royal Mile. As the name suggests, the museum celebrates the life and works of Scottish writing talent. Permanent exhibits are dedicated to Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Walter Scott.
My favourite part of the museum is actually outside in the courtyard at Lady Stair’s Close. Here, there are numerous flagstones dedicated to a wealth of Scottish writing talent.
These include Muriel Spark, Author of ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, Ian Rankin, who writes the Inspector Rebus novels, and John Buchan, who penned ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’. There are many others and it’s a really pretty little spot to walk around.
This venue is run by the city council and is tucked away just a few minutes’ walk from the main shopping areas, in Market Street.
It’s home to Edinburgh’s fine art collection and has a focus on Scottish art, as well as works from around the world, in the 4,500 piece collection.
CAC is a lovely, peaceful space and is well designed and presented. It also has a beautiful shop on the ground floor and a very popular café, with a very eye-catching full wall mural.