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Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland. The city has a population of just under 478,000.
Situated in pleasant coastal and rural scenery, it is considered one of the most attractive of European cities. To the north is the estuary of the River Forth; east is the stretch of the North Sea known as the Firth of Forth; south are the Pentland Hills; and to the west lies the most densely-populated area of Scotland, known as the Central Belt.
Because of its distinctive architecture, rich history and vibrant cultural life, Edinburgh is an extremely popular tourist destination. Attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House, Princes Street, St. Giles' Cathedral, and the Scott Monument.
Winnie the Pooh, a much loved children's book about a honey-loving bear, was first published in 1926.
Click here to see a photo of the exterior of A.A. Milne's former home as it is today.
It is not clear whether Muriel Spark is assuming some particular knowledge on the part of the reader at this point, or whether this is a deliberately enigmatic statement designed to add to Miss Brodie's undoubted mystique.
The Battle of Flodden (often known as Flodden Field) took place in 1513 near the village of Branxton in Northumberland.
It was fought between Scottish forces under the command of James IV of Scotland and English forces under the command of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey.
The battle ended in victory for the English, the death of James IV, and a tragic number of casualties on both sides.
Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir) was, prior to 1975, one of the administrative counties of Scotland, and is now the name of one of its registration counties.
It is situated in the southwest of the country, on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, and is one of the most agriculturally productive areas of Scotland.
Being an area noted for its frogs and toads, it is sometimes thought that the name comes from puddock, the Scots language word for frog.
However, it has also been suggested that the name is a corruption of Paddock Hall or Paddock Haw.
Possibly a reference to The Sea-Maiden, a Scottish fairy tale collected by John Francis Campbell, which first appeared in 1862 in Popular Tales of the West Highlands.
Alternatively, this may be a reference to the mermaid that is said to have been sighted off the coast of Benbecula (Gaelic: Beinn nam Fadhla), an island in the Outer Hebrides, in 1830. It is said that she was killed by a local boy and buried on the island.
The River Forth (Gaelic: Uisge For or Abhainn Dhubh) lies to the north of Edinburgh and is one of the major Scottish rivers.
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Leith is a district in northern Edinburgh;
Portobello is a coastal resort on the Firth of Forth, about 3 miles to the east of Edinburgh;
Mussleburgh is also situated on the Firth of Forth, about 6 miles east of Edinburgh;
Dalkeith is a town in Midlothian, about 7 miles to the southeast of Edinburgh.
Church Hill is the name both of a street and a district of Edinburgh.
It is situated to the southwest of the city centre, north of Morningside and south of Bruntsfield.
Edinburgh and the surrounding area are well supplied with golf courses.
The City of Edinburgh owns six public courses including Braid Hills, Carrick Knowe, Craigentinny, Portobello, Princes and Silverknowes.
Braid Hills is a popular leisure area in southwest Edinburgh, renowned for its panoramic views over the city as well as for its golf course.
The Western Isles is another name for the Outer Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar), a chain of more than a hundred islands situated off the west coast of Scotland. They include Lewis and Harris (one island), Barra, and the St. Kilda group of islands (which are uninhabited).
The Outer Hebrides are separated from the Inner Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan a-staigh) by the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides.
They remain one of the strongholds of Scottish Gaelic with just over 60% of the population speaking the language.
Listen on Spotify to the Scottish Gaelic song Is Gaidheal Mi.
Once a separate village, Corstorphine is now part of the city of Edinburgh, situated about 3 miles west of Princes Street.
It was once the site of the 14th century Corstorphine Castle which was demolished in 1797.
It has numerous places of historical interest and was once well known for its locally caught smoked haddock euphemistically known as 'Crail Capon'.