Edina! Scotia’s darling seat!

Happy Monday! It’s good to get that first day of the week out of the way isn’t it?! Today I’m dedicating #MysteryMonday to #Edinburgh… I’m returning to the city where I grew up this weekend for my cousin’s wedding.

For 5 years I had one of the best views of the world, looking out over the iconic skyline of Edinburgh from Fettes, where I went to school. Today’s 5-a-day looks at my pick of the 5 best things to do and places to go when in Edinburgh.

  1. Shopping – Start at @HN_Edinburgh, St. Andrew Square followed by Multrees Walk & George St for designer & luxury high street fashion.
  2. Drinking – After a day’s shopping, George Street has many glam bars & restaurants to relax in from @ricks_edinburgh to the Living Room.
  3. Eating – Leith is synonymous with good food from The Kitchin to Ship on the Shore. Alternatively, George Street is always a safe bet!
  4. Entertainment – From the Festival & Fringe in August, through to New Year’s Street Party, Edinburgh is a city to visit year round.
  5. Tourism – Take the official hop-on, hop-off bus tour to see the main Edinburgh attractions. Walk up Arthur’s Seat for fabulous views.

Edinburgh really is a beautiful city; rich with history, culture & things to do. Follow @VisitScotland or @Edinburgh_CC for up-to-date news. G x

Address To Edinburgh by Robert Burns, 1786

Edina! Scotia’s darling seat!
All hail thy palaces and tow’rs,
Where once, beneath a Monarch’s feet,
Sat Legislation’s sov’reign pow’rs:
From marking wildly scatt’red flow’rs,
As on the banks of Ayr I stray’d,
And singing, lone, the lingering hours,
I shelter in they honour’d shade.
Here Wealth still swells the golden tide,
As busy Trade his labours plies;
There Architecture’s noble pride
Bids elegance and splendour rise:
Here Justice, from her native skies,
High wields her balance and her rod;
There Learning, with his eagle eyes,
Seeks Science in her coy abode.

Thy sons, Edina, social, kind,
With open arms the stranger hail;
Their views enlarg’d, their liberal mind,
Above the narrow, rural vale:
Attentive still to Sorrow’s wail,
Or modest Merit’s silent claim;
And never may their sources fail!
And never Envy blot their name!

Thy daughters bright thy walks adorn,
Gay as the gilded summer sky,
Sweet as the dewy, milk-white thorn,
Dear as the raptur’d thrill of joy!
Fair Burnet strikes th’ adoring eye,
Heaven’s beauties on my fancy shine;
I see the Sire of Love on high,
And own His work indeed divine!

There, watching high the least alarms,
Thy rough, rude fortress gleams afar;
Like some bold veteran, grey in arms,
And mark’d with many a seamy scar:
The pond’rous wall and massy bar,
Grim-rising o’er the rugged rock,
Have oft withstood assailing war,
And oft repell’d th’ invader’s shock.

With awe-struck thought, and pitying tears,
I view that noble, stately Dome,
Where Scotia’s kings of other years,
Fam’d heroes! had their royal home:
Alas, how chang’d the times to come!
Their royal name low in the dust!
Their hapless race wild-wand’ring roam!
Tho’ rigid Law cries out ’twas just!

Wild beats my heart to trace your steps,
Whose ancestors, in days of yore,
Thro’ hostile ranks and ruin’d gaps
Old Scotia’s bloody lion bore:
Ev’n I who sing in rustic lore,
Haply my sires have left their shed,
And fac’d grim Danger’s loudest roar,
Bold-following where your fathers led!

Edina! Scotia’s darling seat!
All hail thy palaces and tow’rs;
Where once, beneath a Monarch’s feet,
Sat Legislation’s sovereign pow’rs:
From marking wildly-scatt’red flow’rs,
As on the banks of Ayr I stray’d,
And singing, lone, the ling’ring hours,
I shelter in thy honour’d shade.


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