Category Archives: Tales from the Living Rock

Brightness in the darkness – Edinburgh’s Christmas lights

The Living Rock goes in for Christmas in a big way. By December hours of daylight have reduced to six. A little something is needed to tempt us away from hibernation, and, like moths to a flame, we are drawn … Continue reading

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Science and séance – Tony Oursler’s Influence Machine comes to town

The Living Rock is a city of stories.  Our skyline is punctured by monuments to Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.  Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson wandered the twisting closes of the Old Town seeking inspiration.  Here you … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Doors Open Day

Every year, for one weekend in September, the doors to some of the Living Rock’s most interesting and lesser known attractions are thrown open for free.  Every location is either usually closed to the public or charges an entrance fee … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free during the Edinburgh Festival – #5 Visit the Royal Botanic Garden

As August slides in to September, Festival season comes to an end in Edinburgh.  The city takes a deep breath in the lull between the last of the tourists and performers leaving and the return of four universities worth of … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free during the Edinburgh Festival – #4 Visit the National Museum of Scotland

Just a short walk from the busy Festival hubs of the Pleasance and Bristo Square, the National Museum of Scotland can be found in conjoined Victorian and modern buildings on Chamber Street.  The older part houses natural world, world cultures, art … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free during the Edinburgh Festival – #3 Browse the books in Charlotte Square

The Edinburgh International Book Festival began on Saturday and runs until the 29th of August from its encampment of tents in Charlotte Square Gardens.  Last year I wrote, a little belatedly, about some of the events I had attended, but even … Continue reading

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5 things to do for free during the Edinburgh Festival – #2 Soak up the sunshine on Leith

The setting for Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, Leith is perhaps not on the list of must-see places for visitors to Edinburgh.  However, whilst there is certainly still some poverty to be found in this town within a city, there is also … Continue reading

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