Back to Biographical


The pages linked below arise out of a few short visits to Edinburgh where most of the time was spent socialising with family and relatively little on other activities. So these pages are really teasers for subsequent visits to the Scottish capital.

Liberton Kirk Cemetery
This is where I first headed for, the Liberton Kirk cemetery. Cemeteries give you an idea of a place and they can be very absorbing, as this one turned out to be.

Mount Vernon Cemetery
A necessary complement to the Liberton Kirk (Protestant) cemetery above. Mount Vernon (Catholic) cemetery throws up some interesting graves. I only had a very quick visit here and intend to return sometime.

Roslyn Chapel
Couldn't resist the temptation to check this out after Dan Brown's tales of the Knights Templar and Jesus and Mary Magdalene. And on the way was the Bio Centre where Dolly the sheep was cloned. At least that was real.

Shepherd House Garden
Lord and Lady Fraser live in Inveresk, a village on the outskirts of Edinburgh. They have turned their one acre garden into a magnificent display.

How not to handle a fire alarm emergency. Lucky we weren't all killed.

National Museum Scotland
A marvellous museum you could spend days or weeks in. Whacks of stuff and a great feeling of space as well.

The Castle is very impressive, though there was only time for a cursory glance outside.

Centre City
The town itself could keep you occupied for yonks. It is multi-level with many interesting public and other buildings and spaces.

While I was there I thought I'd check out the Gàidhlig situation. The 2001 census recorded 92,400 people (1.9% of the Scottish population) as being able to read, write, speak or understannd Gàidhlig.

Greyfriars played an important role in Presbyterianism become the Church of Scotland.It is a fascinating place to explore.

The Camera Obscura
This museum of science and illusions is great fun and most revealing. It includes a live tour of Edinburgh via a real camera obscura. Not to be missed.
Back to Biographical