Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is our current series. There will be 16 podcasts on Edinburgh and the series will run until March 2022.

Our Edinburgh series offers all the knowledge you need on Scotland’s capital city, whether you are planning a trip or just curious to get to know it better. Hear the stories of murder and intrigue from history, meet everyone from Mary Queen of Scots to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Discover the city’s best-known authors, her enlightenment thinkers, her rogues and criminals. We’ll be visiting all the city’s top sights and explaining what you need to know to understand their history and significance. In short, the 16 episodes of our Edinburgh series provide all the information you would research yourself if only you had the time!


Edinburgh Episode 01 Introduction

Fàilte gu Dùn Èideann! Welcome to Edinburgh!

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Walk the ghostly narrow closes of the old town, visit the elegant Georgian streets of the new town, tour that glorious castle, sample the whisky, the seafood or maybe a tattie scone; it’s no wonder that Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most popular city break destinations. Here is an overview of the series, offering some geographical, historical and cultural details to whet your appetite for the remaining 15 episodes when we will tour all the main sites, telling you the stories behind them and introducing a wealth of colourful personalities who have influenced the city over the centuries.

Useful link:

https://edinburgh.org

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Edinburgh Episode 02 The Castle

The heart of the city

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A stroll through the history of Edinburgh Castle takes in kings and sieges, feasting, battles, murders and plots. There are plenty of tales of capture and recapture, of English invaders and rival Scottish clans. Find out too what to look out for when you visit the castle today, including The Great Hall, built by James IV to host feasts and celebrations, the little room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son James, born to reign over both Scotland and England, and ancient treasures like the Stone of Scone and the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Useful links:

https://www.edinburghcastle.scot

https://edinburgh.org

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Edinburgh Episode 03 The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royalty, romance, intrigue and murder

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Tales from the history of Holyrood in Edinburgh: King David’s escape from death while out hunting in the 12th century, inspiring him to found the abbey of the holy rood (cross), a royal wedding designed to unite the thistle and the rose in 1503 and all the drama of Mary Queen of Scots and her life at the palace. (Think intrigues, religious unrest, murders and her eventual flight to England) Hear stories about the later Stuart monarchs and find out what to look out for when you visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and its beautiful grounds.

Useful links:

https://www.rct.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse

https://edinburgh.org

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Edinburgh Episode 04 The Royal Mile

The fairest of streets

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The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is ‘one of the fairest streets I ever saw’, wrote James Howell in the 17th century. We explore it from top to bottom, highlighting what to look out for and giving a little of the street’s turbulent history: proclamations and drunken celebrations at the Mercat Cross, Jenny Geddes hurling a chair at the Reverend James Hannay in St Giles’ Cathedral and John Knox raging against idolatry and ‘the monstrous regiment of women.’

Useful links:

https://stgilescathedral.org.uk

https://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com/john-knox-house

https://edinburgh.org

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