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  • Brianne Moore

Edinburgh Virtual Visit

Most of us probably won't be able to head to 'Auld Reekie' anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy its glories from afar!

I've been to a few cities in my time, so I feel reasonably qualified to judge: Edinburgh is FANTASTIC. It's pretty compact (so: walkable, if you're feeling up to it!) but packs a LOT into its space. We have gorgeous parks and gardens, ancient cobbled streets, crooked old buildings and shiny new glass ones. World-class dining, cosy cafes, incredible museums, a castle AND a palace. Have a look!

“Susan marvels at the city’s many guises, packed together and changing in the blink of an eye. The pleasant seaside promenades of Portobello swiftly give way to the commercial docks and old warehouses of Leith, which just as quickly transform into South Queensferry, easily identified by its proximity to the sunset-orange Forth Rail Bridge. Beyond those shores lie the thickly clustered buildings and perplexing warren of hilly streets that defy any sort of grid pattern and beg to be explored.”

Edinburgh clings to its past; lives in it. It pools around an ancient castle and packs into narrow streets and old buildings. It clings to its cobblestones and turns genteel Georgian townhouses into office buildings with Escher-esque interior layouts. The Scots are an admirably thrifty people. They see no need to build new when what’s there already will do perfectly well, thank you very much.”


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