Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights




Duddingston Review

Tucked behind Arthur's Seat, and about an hour's walk from Princes Street via Holyrood Park, this little community, formerly of brewers and weavers, still seems like a country village. The Duddingston Kirk has a Norman doorway and a watchtower that was built to keep body snatchers out of the graveyard. The church and adjoining garden overlooks Duddingston Loch, popular with bird-watchers. Pathways meander down to loch-side Thomson's Tower, an octagonal tower built by William Playfair in 1825 as a curling clubhouse. Recently restored, it's home to a small museum. Moments away is Edinburgh's oldest hostelry, the Sheep Heid Inn, which serves a wide selection of beers and hearty food. For £13 you can have a go on the oldest skittle (bowling alley) in Scotland. To get here, take Lothian Bus 42.

Updated: 10-11-2013

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