The floral clock for 2017 is complete, this year it commemorates the Scotsman newspaper bicentenary. It’s an actual working clock, with a new design each summer. see the bird house, every hour a wee cuckoo pops out and does her calling. – it’s awfy nice 😊 (you can find this in West Princes Street Gardens next to The Mound entrance)
Recently the ARC Gloria, a historic Colombian tall ship built by the nation’s navy in the 1960s was berthed in Leith.
here is a photo of ARC Gloria, on a atmospheric cloudy evening
Lots of unique flowers and plants can be found at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, here we have the Columnea oerstediana.
you can fine the Royal Botanic Garens @ Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
more photos will be added later
kraken Fringe program 2015, I’ve not manage to peruse the program yet however I’m sure I’ll have a few days off.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 Program has been released,
This started off as a bucket list, a basic list of things to do in Edinburgh, However as it grew I changed it to 101 things to do in Edinburgh. There will be some nonsense on this list, aye. perhaps I have repeated somethings, let me know add stuff to the comments. so here we are:
‘101 Things to do in Edinburgh’
- Hike up Arthurs seat – there are several routes to the summit
- Feed the swans at dunsapie loch
- In Fact hike to the top of all seven hills in Edinburgh, Braid Hills; Blackford Hills; Craiglockart Hill; Corstorphine Hill; Calton Hill; Pentland Hills and of Course Arthurs Seat.
- Walk Through Hollyrood Park
- Edinburgh Festival hardcore – three/four shows a day
- Edinburgh Festival late night show 1am – 5am (with drinks after)
- Camera Obscura World of illusions
- Edinburgh Festival Tatoo
- Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert
- Eat A deep Fried mars bar
- Walk Through Princes Street Gardens
- have a chippie with the proper Edinburgh chippie sauce
- Eat at one of our Michelin star restaurants
- Play a game of Skittles at the Sheep’s heid pub (the oldest in Scotland c1360)
- Ghost Tours. Mercat Tours
- City of the Dead Tour
- Underground Blair Street Vaults
- Mary King’s Close
- Get Up to the crown of St Giles’ Cathedral
- See the hand carved passage ways at Gilmerton Cove
- Spit on Heart of Midlothian (old toll booth)
- Watch an Edinburgh Derby game
- Visit Edinburgh Castle
- Remember the National War museum is at the castle.
- See the One O’clock gun be fired
- Palace Of Hollyroodhouse
- Visit Lauriston Castle
- Visit Craigmillar Castle
- Visit the Scottish Parliament
- John Knox House
- An Ice Cream & Beer on Portobello Beach
- Head out to Crammon Island (be careful with the tide Times)
- Crammond Beach
- Boat trip to Inchcolm Island
- Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade
- Stockbridge Sunday farmers market.
- Ride the big Christmas wheel
- Ice skate Christmas wonderland
- Hogmanay Street Party.
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- Don’t Rub greyfriars bobby nose
- Wander through Greyfriars kirkyard
- If you must Rub a statue – David Hume’s Toe
- Catch a premier at the International Film Festival
- Royal highland show
- Yaught Britannia
- See Rosslyn Chapel
- Edinburgh Zoo – See the Penguin Parade
- Pet a pig at Gorgie Farm
- Ride a tram
- Our Dynamic Earth
- Cameo cinema late night double bill
- Dominian cinema – film of a sofa!
- National Museum of Scotland
- International Book Festival
- Museum of Childhood
- Museum of Edinburgh
- Museum of Flight
- Writers Museum
- Walk through the Meadows
- Walk Through Inverleith park
- Walk Through Figgatte park
- Scale the Scott Monument (287 steps)
- Scale Nelsons Monument (143 steps)
- Scottish National Galleries
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
- Sample some whisky at the scotch whisky experience
- A walk down the water of Leith walkway
- Visit Gladstone’s land – oldest 17th century tenement building
- The Writers Museum
- Look through a telescope at the Observatory
- Beltane fire festival
- Samhuinn Fire Festival
- Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
- Walk Down the colorful Victoria Street
- Drinks at the Grass market.
- Helicopter Scenic Tour
- Boat tours under The Forth Bridges
- Stadium Tours (Murrayfeild, Tynecastle and Easter Road)
- Catch a film at the Brass Monkey – Big Sofas and beer – nuf saif!
- See some anatomy at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum
- Canongate Kirkyard – Adam smith burred here
- Go to the Farmers Market, Castle Street every Saturday
- The Museum on the Mound – see £1,000,000 in front of you
- visit the City Art Center
- Climb a wall at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – the largest indoor climbing wall in the world
- Mibee there is something on at the Royal Scottish Academy
- Didn’t know this existed until today – Georgian House on Charlotte Square
- Look at contemporary art at Fruitmarket Gallery
- Beltane Fire Festival, once a year – the evening before 1 May
- Samhuinn Fire Festival, Once a year – usually the last day of Autumn
- Torchlight procession, Once a year 30th December
- Winter wonderland, attractions and different markets
- Edinburgh Dungeon
- Check out the quirky Morningside Wild West
- Many closes of the Royal Mile, check the picturesque Whitehorse close
- Find the hidden Garden off the Royal Mile – Dunbar Close Garden
- Spend some time at Leith Shore
- Like Harry Potter? go to Elephant House Cafe
- The People’s Story Museum
So there you go 101 Things to do in Edinburgh! – I’ve probably left out some good stuff, can we expand this list – any suggestions, edits mention in the comments.
From the Edinburgh Evening News July 2nd 2014 – Link –
CLASSIC video game characters Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and the Angry Birds are set to descend on the National Museum of Scotland later this year in an exhibition that will see the venue transformed into a giant arcade.
The Game Masters exhibition will feature over 100 playable games covering a period which has seen video games evolve from a niche interest to a massively popular leisure activity, international cultural art form and a global commercial entertainment industry.
And as well as playing the games, visitors will discover more about game design and development through rare original game artwork, 2D objects and interviews with game designers.
Good to see this back, I remember this was here way back in 2002 as ‘Game-On’
link to the national museum page
Edinburgh’s Floral Clock is located in West Princes Street Gardens. (below the statue of Alan Ramsey, opisite the national gallery) This is an actual working clock, it may be the oldest of its type on the world first commissioned in 1903. Every spring they replant the flowers with a new design so that its ready for the summer.
Edinburgh’s floral clock has a circumference of 36ft and width of almost 12ft, with the hands measuring approx. 11ft and 5ft in length
This year it will celebrate the tenth anniversary of Edinburgh as a Fair Trade city.
Get yourself down to the The Great Exhibition @ Surgeons’ Hall – History of Surgery Museum
as it closes on 18 May 2014 until Summer 2015.
Surgeons;’ Hall Museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18 May 2014 until Summer 2015.
On the 17th May 2014, we will be celebrating the Museum as it was and giving you the chance to create artworks and express your views about your favourite parts of the Museum.
Try your hand at architectural drawing, pathology modelling, forensic skull drawing and bookmaking. There will be a chance to display your artwork in the Museum for public vote, special guests will be appearing and the evening will end with a very special musical performance.
Entry and activities will be free-of-charge all day. Art classes are suitable for all ages and levels (under 12s should be accompanied to the art classes by an adult).
More info on their site link