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More than just a castle

Edinburgh is a melting pot of historical sites, architectural styles, and cultural influences. From the medieval Old Town – home to Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, John Knox House and hundreds of other Edinburgh landmarks – to the avenues of the Neo-Classical New Town, almost every stage of architectural history is represented within our city.

Edinburgh: 5 ways it changed the Scottish Enlightenment

Edinburgh in the 18th and 19th centuries was a fascinating place to say the least. The ideas, books, and discoveries that came to light in this scholarly city still have an impact on us today. To give just a small example of how our wee city changed the world, we’ve put together a list of five ways Edinburgh's ideas and inhabitants influenced this key historical period. 

Why Edinburgh is the perfect pre-university destination

Choosing where to attend university can be an overwhelming decision. Even deciding if you want to attend can be difficult. As university study is completely different from what you’ve experienced before, you may need some help recognising what is most important to you – is it the teaching style, campus atmosphere, or the opportunities that the location provides?

Sporting Scotland

 

Sport in Scotland today could be described as a mixed bag. Scottish teams perform terribly in certain sports and are world champions – multiple times over – in others. No matter the result, Scots are passionate about sport and it has had a huge impact on Scottish culture throughout history. What you might not know, is that Scots have also made a significant contribution to the world of sport outside of Scotland too.

Here are just a few examples…

Football

Guy Fawkes Night - weird but wonderful

Fiona from the Summer School team, tells us about one of the UK's weirder Autumn celebrations.

When is Guy Fawkes Night and what do you do?  
Guy Fawkes Night - or Bonfire Night as it is also known - is celebrated on 5th November here in the UK. As a child, I loved waving a sparkler or munching a toffee apple whilst trying to stand as close to the bonfire (complete with a burning effigy at the centre) as possible without overheating! It felt like my entire home town coming out to stand in a muddy field to watch the fireworks without really having any understanding of why or what we were celebrating. 

Samhuinn – Halloween, Scotland style!

"Samhain 2014, Edinburgh" by Graham Campbell on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Modern Halloween is celebrated across the globe, but here in Edinburgh the Celtic roots of the festival are still celebrated today. Known as ‘Samhuinn’ or ‘Samhain’, the Gaelic festival marks the end of the Celtic year and harvest season and the beginning of winter or “darker half” of the year.