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Exploring Edinburgh via Instagram

24th September 2018

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Edinburgh World Heritage has joined Instagram! We’ll be sharing our favourite views of the city, updating you on some of our latest projects, and featuring the best photography from local ‘Grammers.

To help us on our journey to Instagram stardom, we asked blogger and local Instagrammer extraordinaire Shawna Law to take over our account for a week and show us the city through her eyes, and also took the chance to ask her a few questions.


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Hello! It’s Shawna here from @exploringedinburgh! I’m so excited to takeover Edinburgh World Heritage’s Instagram for the next week. To kick the week off, I had the pleasure of joining their “Discover Edenburgh Tour: Gardens of the New Town” and I wanted to share a photo from it. This is St Bernard’s Well taken from Dean Gardens. ~ The well was commissioned by Lord Gardenstone and designed by Alexander Nasymth in 1789. The design was inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta at Tivoli in Italy, complete with a statue to Hygeia the goddess of health. In 2013, the well was a part of EWH’s Twelve Monuments project where its domed roof was repaired and its pine cone re-gilded! #edenburgh

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What do you love most about living in the city?

Shawna: There are so many reasons why I love living in Edinburgh! If I had to narrow it down to three, they would be – the city’s stunning, diverse architecture and striking landscape; the variety of quality, independent businesses, and the fact that you can so easily explore the city by foot.

What’s your favourite Edinburgh lesser-known spot?

Shawna: I think I’d have to choose Dr. Neil’s Garden. It’s often referred to as Edinburgh’s secret garden and I can see why – many locals I meet haven’t even heard of it! The secluded garden is tucked away behind Arthur’s Seat in the quaint little village of Duddingston, only a short walk from the city centre. The garden was started in the 1960s by Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil, and to this day is such a tranquil and beautiful spot.

What’s your favourite historic building in the World Heritage Site?

Shawna: That’s a tough one. If I could only pick one, I think I’d choose Lady Stair’s House, also known as The Writers’ Museum (which is well worth a visit). I love its fairy-tale look plus the building has an interesting history that you can read more about here. It also has a connection to one of my favourite Edinburgh residents, Patrick Geddes. The house fell into disrepair in the 19th century and it was ready for demolition, but Geddes convinced the fifth Earl of Rosebery to buy the property from the City Council to restore it. I’m so glad he did!


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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell

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Take a look at the rest of Shawn’s images from her takeover below, and be sure to follow her on @ExploringEdinburgh – and us on @EdinburghWorldHeritage.