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Canongate & Holyrood Trail

A trail of the Canongate & Holyrood has been launched, to encourage more visitors to the historic area.

Nov 5, 2014

The trail has been produced by the Canongate & Holyrood Initiative, a collaborative group of organisations based in area who have come together to help promote it to visitors. Members include Our Dyanmic Earth, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh World Heritage, the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body, the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The trail highlights some of the Canongate and Holyrood's main historic and visitor attractions, along with some of the stories associated with the area.

  • The Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh until 1856. The burgh's Tolbooth is now the People's Story Museum, and the old Mercat Cross can be seen in the Canongate Kirykyard.
  • Bovril was invented by a Canongate butcher called John Lawson Johnston.
  • The precincts of Holyrood Abbey were designated as a debtors sanctuary, and so it was possible to escape your creditors by living there.
  • The Canongate has a wealth of historic buildings, such as Moray House, Acheson House, Panmure House and the Museum of Edinburgh.

The trail is available in hard copy from any of the organisations involved in the project.

Download the Canongate & Holyrood Trail (PDF | 2MB)

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