Be a tourist in your own city

Illusionist The Great Lafayette and his dog Beauty are buried in Edinburgh Pic: Contributed

Illusionist The Great Lafayette and his dog Beauty are buried in Edinburgh Pic: Contributed

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HOW well do you know your own city? That knowledge could well be put to the test with the publication of 111 Places in Edinburgh That You Shouldn’t Miss, by Gillian Tait.

Edinburgh has long been celebrated for its famous historical and cultural attractions, and rightly so. But for locals and discerning visitors alike, it has much more to offer away from the well-worn tourist trail.

Everyone knows the story of Greyfriars Bobby and that if you spit on the Heart of Midlothian on the Royal Mile, good luck ensues, but what of the city other tales, the ones less told?

Based in the heart of the old town, Gillian Tait was born in the Capital and has a passion for local history.

Her book takes you to hidden corners and secret sights in this city of contrasts, exploring fascinating locations unknown even to most locals, and revealing unexpected aspects of some familiar local landmarks. Described as ‘the ultimate insider’s guide to Edinburgh’ the paperback features a myriad of interesting and unusual places not found in traditional guides to the Capital.

Marvel at a unique underground temple hewn out of the living rock; learn how a world-famous illusionist came to be buried here - with his dog; find out why the city council once commissioned an enormous electric blanket and look out for the ordinary Edinburgh post box with an explosive history.

Fully illustrated with 111 full-page colour photographs, discover the human stories behind a wide range of places, both exceptional and commonplace, bringing to life the greatly varied cityscape where people have been leaving their mark for at least 5000 years.

Be a tourist in you own city and explore an Edinburgh you never knew existed.

111 Places in Edinburgh That You Shouldn’t Miss, by Gillian Tait, published by Emons, in paperback, £11.99