Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh visitor attractions and info.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Night Afore Light Night

Submitted by edg on Tue, 17 Nov '09 9.08pm

The Night Afore (30 Dec, the night before Hogmanay) brings a display of light and fire on the Royal Mile and various special tours in popular visitor attractions. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Light Night follows a model borrowed from Paris and St Petersburgh where familiar city venues are opened and illuminated at night to present specially commissioned events and artists.

Edinburgh Castle Piping In Visitors

Submitted by edg on Mon, 27 Jul '09 4.12pm

The skirl of bagpipes on the Royal Mile may be a familar sound, but for the first time in recent years a lone bagpiper is welcoming visitors to Edinburgh Castle as it opens each day.

The piper, in full Highland dress, will be playing daily throughout the Summer season as Edinburgh Castle's great wooden entrance gates draw open at 9.30am and visitors flow in across the drawbridge.

Festival Play Explores Gruesome Legacy Of "The Last Witch"

In Scotland, the Kirk outlawed witchcraft as devil-worshipping heretics in 1563 and 1,500 people were executed. The last "witch"  to be executed was Janet Horne in 1727. Sentenced to death by burning, she was stripped, covered in tar and paraded through Dornoch in a barrel after being accused of having a pact with the devil.