A City with Spirit
The Word Spirit has Many Meanings and Scotland’s Capital City Encapsulates them All.
On a bright, sunny day when the light shines off the Firth of Forth and the glorious views from The Scotsman Hotel stretch beyond the famous Forth Road Bridge and into Fife, it is hard to image life in Edinburgh was ever anything other than the prosperous, cheerful and friendly existence it is today. But from the time of druids and witches, to the brave warriors who fought the ‘auld enemy’, through to the more modern horrors wrought by grave robbers Burke and Hare, Edinburgh is believed to have more than its fair share of spirits of the supernatural kind. And visitors to Edinburgh have no shortage of ways to explore the city’s darker side with ghost tours, bus tours and the Edinburgh Dungeon all waiting to transport you through the stories and scenes of Edinburgh’s murkier past.
Once you’ve had your fill – as they say in Scotland – of the city’s supernatural inhabitants, you might feel ready to indulge yourself in a spirit of a different kind. Just a few steps from the Scotsman Hotel you will find the world famous Royal Mile, so called because the road stretches for one mile between the ancient seat of Scottish Kings and Queens, Edinburgh Castle, to the modern day Edinburgh home of our reigning monarch, Holyrood Palace. The Royal Mile is a wonderful street to explore with the two royal residences linked by this ancient thoroughfare, which is now filled with shops selling tartan and Scottish goods, cafes, bars, museums and street entertainers. It is on this street you will find the Scotch Whisky Society. A celebration of Scotland’s national drink, the Scotch Whisky Society provides the perfect introduction to a Scottish spirit that is more likely to soothe the soul and calm the mind. There are more than 200 different Scotch whisky brands and a single visit will leave many more to discover on a subsequent occasion – or indeed when you are relaxing at the bar in The Scotsman Hotel.
There is no shortage of spirits of the supernatural and the physical varieties in Edinburgh but perhaps the strongest spirit you will be find here is the spirit of Scotland. Although it is a capital city and has all of the things that title suggests – international transport links, global festivals and every chain store you can think of – Edinburgh remains a quintessentially Scottish city. People really do wear tartan, drink whisky, eat haggis and say ‘aye’. The Scots are proud of their country and their reputation for hospitality so don’t be surprised if a stranger on a bus speaks to you, because that’s what they do in Edinburgh. There is a long list of famous people who hail from Edinburgh or who have spent significant time in the city, and these artists, authors and inventors are celebrated here. Perhaps it is the beauty of the city that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack Vettriano or Sir Walter Scott. You need look no further than the town’s Fettes College to see the architecture and scenery that inspired JK Rowling to create Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter novels, in a café just a few steps away from The Scotsman Hotel.
So, if you want to soak up the spirit of Scotland there really is no better place to do it than at The Scotsman Hotel - and who knows, maybe you’ll also be inspired by the spirit of this unique city.