Corstorphine Edinburgh

Corstorphine Edinburgh was once a small village between hills Corstorphine hill and the Pentland Hills a famous site mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped, where the two main characters stopped for a rest on the way to Killiecrankie (“The rest and be thankful”). The Forrester family were associated with the Corstorphine area for over 300 years circa 1350 – 1698 when sold to the Wallace family . It was then sold to the Dick’s of Prestonfield a wealthy and powerful family that owned lands all over. Corstorphine was named the Barony of Corstorphine in 1431. There is still remnants of where the Foresters lived in a dovecot which belong to the Castle which is no longer their. In the Corstorphine Kirk is a tomb and effigies of Sir John Forrester and his wife Jean Sinclair from circa 1445. The area around Corstorphine was flat with lochs and marshland and was used for grazing cattle and sheep, which gave the area the notable first mentions of the drink Corstorphine Cream circa 1740. Corstorphine was thee first place the making of cream had been heard of.

Corstorphine Hill Corstorphine Edinburgh

Corstorphine Hill is Edinburgh’s largest public park and nature reserve. The hill at 531 feet (161m) is a great place for a day out and ramble, there is a variety of wildlife on Corstorphine Hill including great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, badger, kestrel, and sparrow hawk. At the summit of the Corstorphine Hill is the Clermiston Tower also known as the Scott Tower or the Corstorphine Hill Tower. It is a memorial to Edinburgh’s romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott. The tower was built by William Mackie in 1871 on the centenary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth. From the parapet at the top the views of the surrounding area are stunning. This was a place Sir Walter Scott would visit and contemplate his scriptures.     


Corstorphine Tower Corstorphine Hill Edinburgh  Corstorphine Hill Tower Plaque

Corstorphine Hill Walled Garden

The Corstorphine Hill walled garden has been restored by a local volunteer group. They have created a quiet space to sit and relax or read a book.

Corstorphine Hill Walled Garden

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is in the west of Edinburgh, on the main route from the airport. Edinburgh Zoo was opened to the public on 22 July 1913. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded in 1909 probably best known throughout the world for their Penguins. The Penguins were first brought to Edinburgh  by the whaling ships that would call in at Leith. The association with these amazing birds began in January 1903. There are over 180 different animal species in the zoo the most popular are a pair of giant pandas from China.

 Edinburgh Zoo entrance Corstorphine Road  Edinburgh Zoo iconic Sign

The Famous Edinburgh Penguins and Edinburgh Pandas 

    Edinburgh Zoo Pandas Corstorphine Edinburgh Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo Animals and Mammals 

Edinburgh Zoo Zebra Corstorphine Edinburgh Edinburgh Zoo Hippopotamus Corstorphine Edinburgh Edinburgh Zoo Otters Corstorphine Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo Chimpanzees Corstorphine Edinburgh

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