Uploaded some photos from the Edinburgh Castle of light – Gallery
Edinburgh has many Gothic and spooky locations, here is a shot of Edinburgh Castle taken from St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard. (with a sepia tone added). St. Cuthbert’s Kirk is thought to be one the oldest site of worship in Edinburgh.
The graveyard of the ‘Kirk below the Castle’ is an intrinsic part of the story of Christianity in Scotland from the Dark Ages onwards, and its establishment during the 8th century predates the first records. Despite its busy city centre location, the site feels secluded and secret.
One of my favourite views in Edinburgh, looking over the old town from Carlton hill. So many monuments and ancient historical places. If you’ve not been you should really take a wee hike up its lovely
This is the Edinburgh flower clock for 2016, this has been a feature of west Princes street gardens since 1903. This year it is designed to honour Scotland’s architects
Earlier this month a new statue was unveiled in Princes Street gardens, it was of Wojtek the Polish war bear.
Wojtek was a brown bear, which was found in Iran and adopted by the Polish army.
Wojtek was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a Private and was listed among the soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.
Following demobilisation on 15 November 1947, Wojtek was given to Edinburgh Zoo, where he spent the rest of his life, often visited by journalists and former Polish soldiers.
The Scots American War Memorial, also known as The Call 1914 is located in West Princes Street Gardens. it was erected in 1927 and shows a kilted infantryman looking towards Castle Rock.
An attempt at an atmospheric monochrome shot, from behind looking on to the Castle
Please leave Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose alone, it isn’t tradition to rub the nose on this statue and I have no idea where this ‘tradition’ started. No it won’t bring you any luck, you will just irritate the locals, Despite several paint (nose) jobs people still rub the poor wee dugs nose
Someone has put up a wee note, asking ‘please don’t touch my nose, love Bobby’
Greyfriars Bobby was a wee Skye terrier, legend has it after his owner John Grey died and burried in Greyfriars kirkyard, this loyal wee dug spent the rest of his life at his masters grave, a whole fourteen years.
So, yes…. please don’t rub Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose, please! 🙂
The landscape of Edinburgh city centre, Looking West From The Scott Monument
We all know about Edinburgh’s favorite canine the one, the only – Greyfriars bobby
but he has a unofficial brother, I present to you, Bum. Bum is from San Diego in California. Edinburgh was twinned with San Diego in 1977, so why not brother up out much loved historic dogs. Two beautiful animals that share such a unique different history.
A Canine Connection
Edinburgh and San Diego, California, share a twinning link with a
unique twist. Each city is home to a famous dog. Edinburgh’s loyal and
beloved Greyfriars Bobby and San Diego’s equally beloved vagabond dog,
bum. In recognition of these canine heroes a statue of Bobby was
presented to San Diego and this statue of Bum was gifted in return.
The dogs represent the spirit of a twinning link friendship,
loyalty and shared experience.
Bum, died 1898, Aged 12 years
sculpted by Jessica McCain, USA
Presented to the citizens of Edinburgh by the San Diego-Edinburgh sister Society
In association with E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, on 19th July 2008
and we have to have a photo of Bobby!! 🙂
If you are looking for the statues,
Bobby is at the top or Candle maker row (George IV/Grassmarket)
Bum is at Princes street Gardens West – entrance at Kings Stable Road – (easy to miss)
go pay them a wee visit. (please, pretty please don’t rub bobys nose)
Here, I present to you a panoramic photo of Calton Hill – Panoramic
This is one of two, the other will be updated at a later date.
here we can see The National Monument of Scotland, this is Scotland’s national memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. Next is Nelson Monument this is a commemorative tower in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. lastley we have the Old City Observatory no longer in use.