Yearly, our capital city welcomes 3.69 million visitors from all across the globe (a number akin to the entire population of Eritrea paying us a visit in just 1 year!).
So, with a steady population and an endless supply of tourists, you’d assume we’ve got the city figured out right? Wrong. What do we mean? Well, continue reading to discover 12 bizarre facts about Auld Reekie. (Scots: ‘Old Smoky’)
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1. Edinburgh residents have been using ‘Dove’ products for a while, just not in the way you might expect
In the 17th century, Edinburgh residents were known to rub the burnt ashes of Dove excrement on their heads as a cure for baldness. If being pooped on by a bird is said to be good luck, perhaps they were just hoping this would apply to hair growth?
2. Got the time? Neither does the famous Balmoral Hotel clock (which is never right!)
Tall, gothic and incorrect, the Balmoral Hotel situated next to Waverley Station has a clock that has shown the wrong time for well over a century. Tip: it just runs 3 minutes fast, to encourage people to catch the train on time.
3. Unicorn statues are found all over Scotland, Edinburgh included, but why?
National animals: America has an eagle, Italy has a wolf, England has a lion, and Scotland has… a unicorn? In Celtic mythology, the unicorn is a symbol of both purity and power. Given the extensive history of conflict between the two, as an ‘undefeatable’ creature the unicorn was chosen to rival England’s lion.
4. Roses are red, much like Rose Street which used to be a Red Light District
These days, the location is better known for its vast variety of pubs to choose from. However, in the 18th century Rose Street was reputedly home to more than 100 brothels.