An artist’s Edinburgh

Edinburgh has been a city of thinkers and artists for hundreds of years. Local artist Chris Rutterford reveals his five favorite spots in the city.

The Scott MonumentThe Scott Monument Photo: Shutterstock

This impressive Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott is the largest monument to a writer in the world. Built in 1840, it stands in Princes Street Gardens, near the Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott’s Waverley novels. The 61.11m high tower has a series of viewing platforms, the highest of which is reached by climbing 87 steps. The panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings are well worth the climb. Don’t miss the statues of characters from Scott’s books adorning the monument.

E. Princes St Gardens

Mr Wood’s Fossils

Edinburgh’s famous fossil shop has built an international reputation for its quality fossils, minerals and meteorites that come from all over the world (and other worlds). It’s a great place to buy wedding presents. What could be more romantic for example than a set of fossilised fish that have been together for 28 million years?

5 Cowgatehead

National Museum of Scotland

If you’ve come all the way to Scotland, you might as well learn a bit about its history while you are here. At the National Museum of Scotland, the history of Scotland – its land, its people and their achievements – is presented through a rich national collection of artefacts. In this bright modern museum, you’ll find Scottish industrial relics, natural history displays and a café.

Chambers St

Kyloe Restaurant & Grill 

 If you like gourmet meat, this is your place. Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant is named Kyloe, an old Scots word for Highland beef cattle, and it represents the strength and versatility of Scottish beef produce. Only cuts from pedigree Aberdeen Angus – supplied by some of Scotland’s top farms and butchers – are used. Located in a classy space with cow skin booths in the Rutland Hotel.

1–3 Rutland Street

Linlithgow palace

15 miles west of Edinburgh, in the town of Linlithgow, West Lothian, you’ll find the ruins of Linlithgow Palace. One of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries, the palace is still an impressive place to visit.

Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian

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