We joined a free tour on our first day in Edinburgh, and it was really nice to discover the town with a local. Doing that kind of tours on the first day helps summarizing the main sights of the town, working as a starting point for you own explorations later on. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and told us some really great and funny stories. I would recommend this tour to anybody !
We strolled the little sinuous and iconic streets for nearly two and half hours, stopping at every landmark along the Royal Mile and learning a lot about J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter !
That was really funny to hear that a maniac was leaving angry letters at Tom Riddle’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard (the other name for Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series) at least once a week and that the family was really pissed off with that. Our guide told us that he had the chance to find one letter once (during his morning tour) and that it is now hanging above is bed, as it was really scary and funny :D
Another really interesting and quirky fact I learned during this tour was the purpose of the strange stairs displayed in the photo gallery below. The steps are uneven, and our guide told us it was used in the past in rich houses, to prevent robbery. The thieves weren’t expecting narrow and uneven stone steps and it was often leading to broken legs or even worse…
And if you want to learn more about the stone heart displayed in my gallery…. just click on the picture, you will know about this strange thing ;-)
Edinburgh is a wonderful city, and there was so much to do… spending one day in the city was definitively not enough :-)