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Sharing fascinating #RealEdinburghStories from the turbulent history of Scotland and beyond.

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The Great Fire Of Edinburgh

30th May, 2020

The Great Fire of Edinburgh has been echoing in peoples’ minds for decades …. and even centuries. After having destroyed the livelihood of many and great parts of the Royal Mile in 1824. The world’s first organised Fire Brigade was founded in Edinburgh by James Braidwood in 1824, who was only a 24 year old. …

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10 Things Edinburgh Gave The World

13th May, 2020

What does Dolly, the sheep, have in common with digestive biscuits and the inventor of penicillin? Read on to find out about ten great things Edinburgh contributed to the world.

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Mary, Queen of Scots, on Mary King’s Close

9th May, 2020

We tell the turbulent tale of Mary Queen of Scots or Mary Stuart – from becoming Queen at just 6 months old to her violent execution.

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Edinburgh’s Best Scones – A Recipe

1st May, 2020

Our chef shares his recipe for preparing some of the best scones in Edinburgh. Prepared every morning on-site these are a usual treat for our guests.

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8 Best History Podcasts to Get Stuck In

17th Apr, 2020

With over 900 thousand podcasts globally, it is hard to decide which ones to give an ear to. We’ve selected the ten best history podcasts to get stuck in for people with an interest in past tales.

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