The kirkyard, dedicated on Christmas Day 1620, stands on the site of a 15th century Franciscan Friary. It has a fine ... More
Greyfriars Tolbooth & Highland Kirk
The kirkyard, dedicated on Christmas Day 1620, stands on the site of a 15th century Franciscan Friary. It has a fine collection of 17th century Scottish monuments and a rich musical tradition. There are many fascinating tales and ghost stories connected with this historic church. 1,400 Covenanters were imprisoned in the kirkyard in 1679 for their beliefs and are remembered by the martyrs' monument. Furthermore, there is the famous memorial to Greyfriar's Bobby, the devoted Skye Terrier owned by John Gray, a local police constable. When Gray died in 1858, Bobby loyally sat watch over his master's grave in this kirkyard for 14 years, until he himself died. Services include the only weekly Gaelic worship in this part of the country. Recitals and concerts are also staged throughout the year.
The Royal Museum is a huge and wondrous "bird cage" building in the Victorian mold. 36 galleries host exhibitions covering
a whole host of topics, from the natural world—palaeontology, geology, etc—to technology and science. Admire the oldest steam engine ...
It's not certain that John Knox, the 16th century Reformation leader, actually died here but he might have, so there's
a museum inside this 15th century house dedicated to all things Reformatory. Find out all about John Knox's concerns ...
The Scottish Gallery, established in 1842, is Scotland's oldest commercial gallery and is a great place to find contemporary paintings,
sculpture, ceramics and jewelery. It is beautifully laid out, making it a joy to browse and contemplate work by ...
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