Only in Edinburg: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects (Only in Guides) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/3/1
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Discover the Scottish capitals volcanic geography, ancient alleys, and architectural modernism with this new explorers guide. Secret gardens and haunted theaters, mysterious monuments and unexpected underworlds, industrial relics and unusual places of worship From crumbling castles and historic churches to an Art Deco gas station and a modern library for poets The Innocent Railway, mysterious Gilmerton Cove, the Craigentinny Marbles and a Scottish Acropolis Coffee with Harry Potter, the Arthurs Seat Coffins, Trainspotting in Leith and the Skating Minister Set off with this guide on your own expedition through one of Europes most fascinating cities
The Urban Explorer Duncan J. D. Smith is a travel writer and photographer. In his ground breaking Only In Guides he reveals European cities from unique and hidden perspectives. He has travelled across several continents and described his experiences in books, magazines, and online. Born in Sheffield, England in 1960, he studied history and archaeology at university. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
But even for the fairly mainstream attractions, like Edinburgh Castle, the book is replete with all sorts of little details that are easy to miss, especially if you don’t have an eye for detail or have spent some time researching, like details of how the gatehouse, while looking old, is a combination of relatively new 1888 construction combined with a 70s era tunnel to allow military lorries to enter. Or a nice callout to the cemetery for Soldiers’ Dogs, or the presence of a “Laird’s Lug”, a window for eavesdropping upon conversations in the Great Hall.
This level of detail continues for some of the other attractions, such as the Museum of the Mound’s display of a million Scottish Banknotes (#8). Or the easy-to-miss marker in the pavement noting the location of Scotland’s last public execution (#10), or even explorations of the various nooks and crannies of the Old City itself, such as the remnants of the old town wall (#39) or the “Innocent Railway Tunnel” that now serves as a pedestrian way (#46).
And while it’s not generally aimed at lodging and dining, it does occasionally mention some of the more interesting options, like a tour of restaurants located around the Old City, like the Contini Cannonball, which features Edinburgh’s oldest door knocker (#14).
Overall, I found it to be a particularly useful, and detailed guide, giving me substantially more detail that I would have learned from other books or walking about. It will certainly be in my bag the next time I visit Edinburgh.