Bloggy McBlogface #1 – Edinburgh

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My books had been working so hard to sell and promote themselves that I felt they needed a holiday. Where to go? Why – Bonnie Scotland – where else? After upgrading our caravan to one with a fixed bed, we set off for in June to tour Scotland, writing and finding inspiration for my next novel(s). Here are some interior shots of caravan #3 – no more making and unmaking the bed every morning before we could have breakfast.

 

Did I mention that the parrot came, too? Here he is, surveying his wide domain (thru the rain) and telling anyone who walked past us that they SHOULDN’T COME TOO CLOSE – this is Jasper’s house.

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First stop – Auld Reekie – Edinburgh

We camped at Davidson’s Mains just outside Edinburgh and took the shuttle bus into Auld Reekie. I wanted to take a literary /historical tour of the city and notable writers and characters associated with it – Walter Scott, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Grey Friar’s Bobby . Sadly, the Elephant House was too busy and we couldn’t get in or add to the graffiti in the toilets (permitted) – next time maybe.

2016-06-21 15.21.53-1An Edinburgh ‘Close’ just off the Royal Mile – couldn’t you just imagine Inspector Rebus looking for clues to a murder in its narrow confines?

We spent quite some time exploring Greyfriars churchyard and stood on the spot where the Covenant was signed in 1638 as a protest against the rule of bishops. It’s a part of history which has largely been forgotten, however, you could easily spend half a morning looking round the church and the exhibition and absorbing the incredible atmosphere.

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As you can see, the history of this incredible churchyard stretches back into the 16th century

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Memorial to the original Covenanters and those who lost their lives fighting for their beliefs

 

Next, we walked the Royal Mile to a Clarinda’s Tearooms, (bit of a theme developing here!) a cafe recommended by Facebook friends/readers. Clarinda is buried in the nearby Canon Gate cemetery and is alleged to be the lover referred to in Burns’ Aye Fond Kiss.2016-06-21 13.24.03

One of the next sites we visited (oh, our aching feet) was the Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile. It is said that while the artillery was being prepared before the Battle of Flodden (1513), a demon called Plotcock read out the names of those who would be killed. Edinburgh is such an ancient city, it’s hard NOT to believe such stories when you’re there.

 

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A view looking down the Royal Mile towards the Firth of Forth and Leith

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My ‘snap’ of the St Giles Mercat Cross didn’t show up very well, but this one is close by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally – what of my books? Well, lovely author friend Helen Barrell (check out her debut novel via this link) went to Edinburgh earlier this year and took a copy of Tall, Dark and Kilted with her. Here are some of HER pics. If you’ve enjoyed following my adventures (with novels and parrot) watch out for Bloggy McBlogface #2 when I tell you all about touring the Royal Yacht Britannia and our visit to Rosslyn Chapel (the Da Vinci Code).

 

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About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published.

Posted on July 23, 2016, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    This is the first of a series of blog posts I am writing about Scottish Road Trip 2016.
    This post is all about EDINBURGH – and its historical and literary connections. I hope you enjoy and will stick with me for the rest of the ‘series’.

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  2. Oh thank you for the lovely post, it’s like I’ve been travelling to Edinburgh with you!
    Lovely photo of you and Bong Man in Greyfriars!
    🙂 xx

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  3. Super post, Lizzie.
    I can see where you get all your inspiration!
    Looking forward to no. 4!!

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    • Thanks June, I may have to bore you to death very shortly with a ‘film show’. I am totally inspired by Scotland – even with rain and midges.

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  4. Joan Davies-Bushby

    Great blog Lizzie. Looking forward to hearing more about your Scottish travels.

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  5. Glad you enjoyed your visit to my city, Lizzie! You should have given me a shout. Next time? 🙂

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  6. Fab post, Lizzie. Rave & I are hoping to go to Edinburgh for two or three days in October and seeing your photos and reading your descriptions has made me want to go even more. So pleased you had a great trip 🙂 Xx

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    • Jan, you’ll love it. I can give you a few tips of where to go and what to see if time is limited.We wanted to have lunch at The Witchery near the castle, but time ran out.

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  7. Ah you’re making me home sick.for my old home!!

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  8. Thank you for a glimpse of a wonderful city.it brings back many happy memories, I know what Marje means.

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  9. Although not my home town I am very familiar with Edinburgh – I live just across the bridge in the ancient kingdom of Fife and visit our capital city regularly. My wife and I will be on a similar road trip around Scotland later this year – maybe I’ll write about it!

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    • I would, Bill. I know Fife really well, especially Falkland (Outlander Country) and the best fish n chips in the world !!

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      • Falkland is just a hop, skip and a jump from my home! Whenever we feel the need for a dose of Scottish history that’s our preferred local destination.

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  10. Wonderful blogpost, Lizzie. I worked in Edinburgh for many years and am ashamed to admit I still haven’t visited all the amazing places mentioned in your blogpost! Looking forward to reading of your other Scottish adventures. Rae xxx

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  11. Your travelogues are brilliant Lizzie! And your photography is amazing, such an eye for detail. Always want to go wherever you have been!

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  12. I don’t think the world is ready for us to go on a break again – remember Bedford. Haha

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