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.
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!
On a night in December 2014 when the weather outside was frightful, I was delighted to be welcomed to the Scotch Whisky Experience, along with a group of travel bloggers for the Edinburgh Travel TweetUp (#EdinTravTweetUp). The team there made us all very welcome, and had a few surprises for us as they prepared for the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.
If you base yourself at Craigwell Cottage for your stay in Edinburgh, you will be within easy walking distance of the City Centre Art Galleries. A short stroll up Calton Road turning up New Street and into East Market Street will bring you to the nearest of these, the City Art Centre, which often hosts interesting exhibitions. Directly opposite is the Fruit Market Gallery. Another short stroll, cutting through the beautiful East Princes Street Gardens, will bring you to the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy situated at the bottom of the Mound, and linked by the Weston Link. In the Weston Link you will find a cafe and restaurant, and there are often opportunities to participate in art-based activities and create your very own masterpiece.