Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot’s School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars such as Tom Riddell and the Potters… J. k. Rowling frequented the Elephanat House Cafe nearby, she would sit to the rear window of… Read More

The city’s historic West Bow is situated at the foot of Victoria Street. Legend has it that the street’s unusual name (Bow) evolved from ancient times when a bowman could reach the area from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle with a well placed arrow. The property overlooks the ancient street, which predates Mary Queen of Scots, and was originally part of a four-storey dwelling house built around 1720 AD, replacing much older… Read More

Our Garden This was the name given by local children to the West Port Garden which opened in 1910. At the time the West Port was a cavernous street of soot-blackened tenements, running uphill from the Grassmarket. Inspiration came from pioneer ecologist Patrick Geddes whose vision was to create green spaces among the Old Town slums. Here children could play safely and experience the natural world through gardening. A century later the… Read More

Calzeat & Co Ltd is one of Scotland’s premier manufacturers of high quality jacquard textile products with an emphasis on design, value and customer service. Founded in 1974, Calzeat started by selling wool fabric for men’s neckties. Within 10 years it had developed a substantial business in men’s and ladies apparel fabrics and accessories. Finally developing a home interiors collection in the mid 1980’s. Through its experience in fashion and home furnishings… Read More

Greyfriars Kirk, a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland is in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town where a church has stood since 1620. We try to be a welcoming, inclusive community and to respond to local needs in a variety of ways. Worship takes place during the week as well as on Sundays in English and Gaelic. The Kirk is also a major venue for the arts, a tourist destination… Read More

In 1850 a gardener called John Gray, together with his wife Jess and son John, arrived in Edinburgh. Unable to find work as a gardener he avoided the workhouse by joining the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman. To keep him company through the long winter nights John took on a partner, a diminutive Skye Terrier, his ‘watchdog’ called Bobby.  Together John and Bobby became a familiar sight trudging through the… Read More

One of the “classics” in Grassmarket, it’s a good place to have a beer with friends. Although it’s a bit small, they have renovated it and it’s really nice and modern inside. Good selection of beers. If only to be where the “infamous” Maggie Dicksons apparently lived, visit it and down a pint or two for her. History In the early 18th century, a woman fish hawker who was to become known… Read More

The Beehive Inn Their menu is packed with Great British pub food classics, including iconic dishes like their hand-battered fish and chips, pie and mash and succulent burgers. Drinks include a great range of real ales and an extensive wine list. Cask ales include some of the best in British beers, including the new 1730, their own special pale ale. The team at the Beehive Inn look forward to welcoming you soon… Read More

knights vault edinburgh

The Knights Vault has a wide range of gifts based on history but brought into the present. from heraldic surname histories to Lord of The Rings replica swords. The Knights Vault. Based in the historic Old Town in Edinburgh they are Scotland’s leading licensed sword seller . They have a wide range from Lord of The Ring replica swords to antique blades and handmade Scottish medieval weapons. They take pride in our… Read More

FREE guided themed tours at National Museum of Scotland! Why not explore everything from Scotland’s history to the supernatural. Themed tours take place every day at 3pm. Join them for a exciting programme of tours with a different theme every day. Themed tours are subject to guide availability and titles may change. FREE public guided tours are for adult individuals and small groups (up to six people only). If you are visiting… Read More