The Companion Guide to Edinburgh and the Borders

February 2001
16 colour illustrations
460 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Companion Guides
ISBN: 9781900639385
Format: Paperback
Companion Guides
BISAC TRV000000, ARC005000

The Companion Guide to Edinburgh and the Borders

A.J. Youngson

Long overdue: Revised, updated, freshly-illustrated Edinburgh joins the Companion Guide series, informative on Edinburgh's - and Scotland's - past and present.
Edinburgh is one of Europe's most elegant and cosmopolitan cities, the Old Town rebuilt on the medieval street plan after being burned down by the English in 1544, and the eighteenth-century classical New Town more extensive than anything else of its kind in Europe. Edinburgh was the capital of an independent kingdom for more than two hundred and fifty years, and it has the air of a capital, with buildings where kings were born or where some of their more prominent subjects were assassinated, streets once trodden by Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and a rich artistic life that comes into exhilarating full flower in August with the Edinburgh Festival.

Edinburgh is also the gateway to some of the most spectacularly beautiful country in Britain: lying southward is the romantic landscape of the Borders, where Alexander Youngson is an admirable guide to the ruined abbeys, the castles that have withstood countless sieges, and the great houses still owned by families 'that the Flood could not wash away'.

A.J. YOUNGSON is former chairman of the Fine Art Commission for Scotland.


This is an essential guide for understanding Edinburgh and the Borders[....]The Companion Guides are more than guide books. They are armchair travel books as well, full of fascinating anecdotes that make entertaining and informative reading. Edinburgh and the Borders is no exception. It is a comprehensive and all-inclusive resource. BRITAIN EXPRESS.COM
Ideal companion for any visitor; residents will realise how much they take the city for granted. Beautifully produced updated edition of a classic guide. THE DAILY YOMIURI
A revised, updated version of a classic by the historian of Edinburgh's New Town. NORTHERN HISTORY

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