Top of Leith Edinburgh
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre can be found at 25 Palmerston Place where The Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists is based and where you can see mediums at work. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a strong believer in the afterlife. Arthur Conan Doyle’s also lived at 23 George Square Edinburgh (1876 – 1880). Sir Walter Scott was brought up 2 doors down at No 27 where his parents had their family home.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859, 11 Picardy Place Edinburgh. The statue stands where his house used to stand Conan Doyle was a novelist, short story writer, poet and doctor of medicine. He is most famous for the stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was deeply involved in Spiritualism and the Occult. He declared early on in his life that he believed in life after death and the communication with those who passed away. He died in 1930. His last words were addressed to his wife. He whispered “You are wonderful.”
The Two Giraffes
The Giraffes are made of scrap metal from motorbikes and cars and stand proudly outside the Omni Centre almost 7 meters high. The giraffe’s official title is “Dreaming Spires” but they have been nicknamed Martha and Gilbert. The Sculptor Helen Denerley is famous for her animals mad from scrap metal.
St Mary’s Cathedral Broughton Street Edinburgh
St Mary’s Edinburgh is the cathedral church of the archdiocese of St Andrew and Edinburgh and the first masses were held in August 1814. The Cathedral is the setting for the solemn mass for the opening of the Edinburgh Festival. In 1982 Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral and prayed at the shrine of Saint Andrew which can be seen within the church building.
Robert Stevenson’s Home 1 Baxter’s Place leith Edinburgh
Robert Stevenson was a famous engineer and grandfather to Robert Louis Stevenson the famous writer. He lived at 1 Baxter’s Place where the Marriott Group have renovated the houses and made them into a magnificent 4 Star Hotel where a bust of Robert Stevenson now stands. Robert Stevenson and his sons built many of the lighthouses that stand around the shores of Britain. He also built bridges of which his last was the Regent Bridge in Waterloo Place that joined the east to Princes Street over what was Leith Wynd the only road to the New Town from the east.