A visit to Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen

A visit to Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen

Rosslyn Chapel and a Walk in to Edinburgh

Over the years of hosting visitors in Edinburgh at Craigwell Cottage, we’ve had many guests who have gone to visit Rosslyn Chapel, on the outskirts of the city.  They have often been prompted to make their trip their because they have read about it in Dan Brown’s book “The Da Vinci Code” Read more

A visit to the Museum of Edinburgh

A visit to the Museum of Edinburgh

As you walk up the Canongate, one of the local Museums in the Canongate section is in glorious colour following a refurbishment back in 2012, and it’s well worth a visit to see what is on offer at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh

Bright new colours mean you can’t miss the Museum of Edinburgh

It’s only a very short walk from Craigwell Cottage. If you’re interested in the history of the development of the city of Edinburgh, I’d recommend the exhibit called Foundation Edinburgh – the Story of a City. Entrance to the Museum is free, but donations are of course welcome!

If you’re in Edinburgh on a family history trip because you want to see the place where ancestors of yours lived, then the Museum of Edinburgh would be an ideal starting point as there is a good range of different items on display covering social history – from wooden water pipes to ceramics; a shiny display of the silversmith’s art to stone carvings salvaged from buildings in the local area. There is an area where younger members of the group can enjoy dressing up in clothes from olden times, and drawing, crafts or sitting in the quiet area reading one of the books about local stories.

We recommended a visit as something to do on a rainy day in Edinburgh, but it’s definitely a place to visit even if it isn’t raining!

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh

Old Princes Street lamp standard at the Museum of Edinburgh

Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate, Edinburgh - story of the area

Plenty of information about the Canongate area

Painted ceiling at the Museum of Edinburgh

See this wonderful painted ceiling from Pinkie House

Museum of Edinburgh - art activities area

Keep the children busy – art area at Museum of Edinburgh

Sugar loaf at the Museum of Edinburgh

Find out where nearby Sugar House Close got its name

Tobias Smollett – Outlander Connections in Edinburgh

Tobias Smollett – Outlander Connections in Edinburgh

What was Jamie Reading?

I’ve been looking at Edinburgh through Outlander eyes recently.  The Outlander series is a the historical/science fiction saga by author Diana Gabaldon which has recently been sparking a lot of interest due to the Starz Original television show based on the books. Read more

Outlander Exploring in East Lothian

Outlander Exploring in East Lothian

Dragonfly in Amber – The Battle of Prestonpans

It was fun investigating around the Royal Mile in Edinburgh using Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager as a guide (see Outlander Exploring on the Royal Mile). So for the next adventure I’ve gone exploring out to East Lothian, down the coast to the east of Edinburgh to find out more about The Battle of Prestonpans, which features in Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series. Read more

Outlander Exploring on the Royal Mile

Outlander Exploring on the Royal Mile

Where is Carfax Close?

Since the release of the Outlander Starz Series 1 version of Diana Gabaldon’s tales of the adventures of Jamie and Claire, I’ve been returning time and again to the well-loved books to refresh my memory of the stories and complete the reading of the series (currently 8 main books, and many side tales).

I began to realise the power of Ms Gabaldon’s storytelling to attract visitors to Edinburgh when, back in 2013, Craigwell Cottage hosted the author and chef, Theresa Carle Sanders, known for cooking her way through the stories in her Outlander Kitchen. Read more