FEATURE – Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle It’s on our doorstep, many of us pass it every day at least once. But how many Edinburgh residents have actually visited the castle? It’s an extremely busy place in the peak summer months, but the winter months provide a great opportunity to explore this iconic landmark when there are fewer tourists in […]


Spectacular Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

One of the most colourful banners in Historic Scotland’s array of summer events, Spectacular Jousting at Linlithgow Palace was a thrilling and fun display of horsemanship, bravery and performance. Set on the historic Peel in the shadow of the majestic Linlithgow Palace, the event had a carnival-like atmosphere as the sun shone down on the […]

FEATURE – The observatories on Calton Hill

Before the light-pollution of an expanding city made it impractical, Edinburgh’s Calton Hill was a perfect vantage point from which to gaze at the night sky. Fanned by the intellectual flames of the Enlightenment, the city granted permission to Thomas Short – an Edinburgh-born optician – to found an observatory on top of the volcanic […]

FEATURE – Buildings on Calton Hill

Edinburgh Spotlight loves Calton Hill and has recently reviewed the Nelson Monument which is the tall tower perched on the top that can be seen from many places around Edinburgh. There are several other interesting buildings which are up Calton Hill and here we will take a closer look at them and what they are. If we start […]

FEATURE – History of The Meadows

Looking at its green and pleasant expanse today, it’s hard to think The Meadows once used to be a loch. Whilst the Nor Loch (now West Princes Street Gardens) used to provide defence and – unfortunately – waste disposal for Edinburgh in the middle ages, the South or Burgh Loch was a little more sanitary […]