7 Things To See In Edinburgh, Scotland

Roam Edinburgh In Search Of The Peculiar, Historical and Yummy.

Edinburgh is the perfect city for a treasure hunt. Every alley, stairwell, museum, pub, park or sidewalk is bursting with unusual monuments, quirky sites, funny items, and haunting areas. Follow my clues as you search for  Edinburgh’s’ seven must-sees which are ‘relatively’ close to one another. Make sure to have two scoops of ice cream when you complete the hunt. A treat for a job well done.

 

7 THINGS TO SEARCH FOR IN EDINBURGH

A TREASURE HUNT

MISS DOLLY

Baa Baa white sheep have you any wool? This sheep is famous for what scientific legacy? Want to see her up close?

Hint: Take a walk through Scottish History.

SEAN CONNERY OR DANIEL CRAIG?

Cast your vote for the best James Bond by dropping your cigarette butt into one of the ballot boxes. Left for Sean Connery, right for Daniel Craig. Sean Connery is in the lead. Remember, your vote matters.

Hint: Are you in the market for the grass variety? 

A MAN’S BEST FRIEND

This grave commemorates the love a Skye Terrier, Bobby, had for his owner, John Gray. Upon John’s death, Bobby guarded his grave for 14 years until his own death in 1872. Place sticks atop the grave for Bobby to fetch. Close by a commemorative statue honors a man’s best friend.

Hint: Edinburgh is often blanketed with gray clouds. 

HIDDEN MEANING?

Or did Pieter not have an eraser? Two fainted figures seem to be smooshed against a Church Pillar. If you look closely, one appears to have his bottom hanging out of his chaps. Examine the bottom left corners of the paintings at the Scottish National Gallery for this…mistake?

Hint: The proportions of the church appear skewed.

 S**T – FACED

Don’t be fooled by these plain windows in this towering apartment complex. Centuries ago when the evening bells chimed through Edinburgh, the windows opened, owners yelled “Gardyloo” and out hurled buckets of dirty water. Unfortunately, this coincided with the closing of bars. Now you know where shit-faced comes from.

Hint: What rhymes with Gardyloo? Ask a poet or writer. 

I HEART YOU

Be on the search for this heart as you walk the Royal sidewalks of Edinburgh. But beware, walk over it and be cursed for life. Spit on it and good fortune will come. The heart marks the spot for past public executions. Do you sense the presence of a ghost?

Hint: Take a walk along this noble length of road.

I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

This isn’t exactly quirky or unusual but it is darn tasty. Luxury Scottish Ice Cream is “made with fresh Scottish milk and butter to bring you a luxury ice cream with a smooth and creamy texture.” Look for the cute white food truck with the jolliest Confectioner scooping out happiness.

Hint: Aristocracy are not the only people who can indulge.

*Need more hints? If not, have fun on this Edinburgh scavenger hunt. Let me know how it goes.*

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