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TAXI

TAXI – black taxis can be hailed in the street, ordered by phone, or picked up at one of the many central ranks. Taxis are fairly expensive – the minimum charge varies according to the time of the ride (see fare chart below): Tariff 1: Monday – Friday 6am – 6 pm Tariff 2: Monday […]

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Travelling Gallery

Travelling Gallery (various locations within Edinburgh) – this is a mobile art gallery that goes from place to place – bringing contemporary art exhibits into school and communities within the Scottish capital and other parts of Scotland. The Gallery usually tours two exhibitions per year for about four months at a time and is often […]

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The Writers’ Museum

The Writers’ Museum (Lady Stair’s Close, Edinburgh) – this museum pays tribute to the lives of three major Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Tourists can see portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were first produced, and Scott’s […]

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The People’s Story

The People’s Story (Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh) – this museum is located within the 16th century structure known as Canongate Tolbooth. Unlike other museums, this one uses oral history reminiscence and written sources to reveal the accounts of those ordinary individuals who’ve lived and worked in Edinburgh from the 18th century to the present. Admission: […]

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Stirling Castle (Castle Wynd, Stirling)

Stirling Castle (Castle Wynd, Stirling) – located an hour northwest of Edinburgh, Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of national pride. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle’s grandeur. In addition, several Scottish Kings and Queens have […]

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery (1 Queen Street, Edinburgh) – tourists can see one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland’s past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Such individuals are those who helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad: from Mary […]

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (73/75 Belford Road, Edinburgh) — Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two. Set in beautiful parkland close to the Waters of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such […]

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Queensferry Museum

Queensferry Museum (53 High Street, South Queensferry) — located in the historic former royal burgh of Queensferry (just west of Edinburgh), the museum commands magnificent views of the two great bridges spanning the Forth. Its collections trace the history of the people of Queensferry and Dalmeny, the historic ferry passage to Fife. Admission: free. Hours: […]

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Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Heart of Neolithic Orkney — the group of Neolithic monuments on Orkney consists of a large chambered tomb (Maes Howe), two ceremonial stone circles (the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar) and a settlement (Skara Brae), together with a number of unexcavated burial, ceremonial and settlement sites. The group constitutes a major prehistoric […]

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Nelson Monument

Nelson Monument (Calton Hill, Edinburgh) – looking like a tall stone telescope from afar, this is a monument for Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This monument contains a time ball which is dropped daily at 1:00 pm. The top of the monument provides visitors with views of the […]