9 things everyone in Edinburgh should do before they die
We round up a list of nine things everyone in Edinburgh should do before they die.
By The Newsroom
28th Nov 2018, 1:57pm
Updated 28th Nov 2018, 2:00pm
People enjoy Spring weather in the Meadows, Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson
From the Beltane Fire Festival to shopping on Victoria Street, make sure you tick these nine things off your list.
Guided tours of the night sky from its distinctive copper domes in both summer and winter, point out planets, constellations and nebulae and pass round meteorites to handle. There's also a tour of the historic Victorian telescope dome, which still houses one of the largest telescopes in Scotland.
The prettiest street in Edinburgh with its curving candy-coloured row of eclectic shops. Hipper than thou street wear, Scottish designers' wares, joke shops and vintage clothing boutiques.
Spend a day strolling at Portobello beach, taking in the slot machines and a game of bingo along the way, then top it all off with a fish supper in the sea air, slathered in salt n sauce, as anyone in their right mind (ie resident in Edinburgh) knows it should be.
Mary Kings Close, and the Vaults under South Bridge, are where Edinburghs reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the world becomes understandable. Paranormal studies on the Vaults (heart-stoppingly close to Burke and Hare territory and fabled as a stash for their grisly wares) have shown high levels of poltergeist activity and there have been reports of punching, bruising, scratching, hair-pulling and ankle-grabbing from the tour.
The Beltane Fire Festival takes place every year on Calton Hill to mark the arrival of spring, with its origins in the pre-Christian Scottish festival of the same name, which is derived for a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning sacred fire. Back then, everyone in the community would put out their fires and a new, symbolic sacred fire would be lit by the village head from which the inhabitants would relight their home fires before dancing clockwise around them to ensure good things ahead for their families.
The Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo is a much-loved institution, and if youre in need of a smile, one that takes some beating theres something about the little tuxedo-ed participants that never fails to raise one.
The first Edinburgh derby was played on Christmas Day 1875 on The Meadows, with Hearts beating Hibs 1-0, and its still being played today, making the fierce rivalry between our two hometown clubs one of the longest- running in football history. Get yourself a pie, a mug of Bovril, stake your allegiance and get involved, whether thats from the stands or the close quarters of every local pub within a mile radius of Tynecastle or Easter Road.