Fishink in Edinburgh Part 1
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in Edinburgh, I didn’t need to think twice as to whether to go or not. It’s a beautiful city, and I was lucky to see it in such amazing light too. Here we are, standing high on Calton Hill, with views out over the Firth of Forth, Scottish Parliament and Arthur’s Seat. What views!
As you can see it’s popular with the tourists, who clamber all over the National Monument of Scotland.
In 1724 the Town Council of Edinburgh purchased Calton Hill, making it one of Britain’s first public parks. The monuments and buildings date from the 1760’s to the 1820’s and relate to a period known as the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’, a time of great artistic, literary and scientific advances.
One of the leading figures of the Enlightenment was the philosopher David Hume, who was responsible for lobbying the Town Council to build ‘public walks or roads for the health and amusement of the inhabitants’ on Calton Hill. You can still stroll along Hume Walk, there, named in his honour.
Wonderful for views over the city and up to Edinburgh Castle too.
There is some beautiful architecture around the city, often with quirky details.
The Fruitmarket Gallery had an exhibition on by Mexican artist Damián Ortega, with a couple of interesting clay hangings.
Over the road in the City Art Centre, I noticed a great mural in their cafe.
The current exhibition, featuring the work of William George Gillies and John Maxwell, sadly finished on October 23rd.
I couldn’t believe how wonderful the weather was for the start of October. Even saw this artist (reliably informed it is Michael McVeigh) drawing outside in the Princes Street Gardens.
Next week I’ll show you part 2 of my trip with more images from the Botanical Gardens.