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Only In Edinburgh: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners & Unusual Objects (Only in Guides) Paperback – 7 Nov 2016
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In a world where places become ever more similar, it is an absolute joy to stumble on the 'Only In' Guides. The author brings to the series the gaze of the enquiring outsider. A refreshing alternative to the prevailing tide of uniformity favoured by too many travel guides --Hidden Europe magazine
A resounding success because it takes the reader far beyond the visitor attractions that appear in just about every guide to the city --www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk
An attractive and fascinating book --www.beyond-london-travel.com
About the Author
The Urban Explorer Duncan J. D. Smith is a travel writer and photographer. In his ground breaking Only In Guides he reveals European cities from unique and hidden perspectives. He has travelled across several continents and described his experiences in books, magazines, and online. Born in Sheffield, England in 1960, he studied history and archaeology at university. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
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But even for the fairly mainstream attractions, like Edinburgh Castle, the book is replete with all sorts of little details that are easy to miss, especially if you don’t have an eye for detail or have spent some time researching, like details of how the gatehouse, while looking old, is a combination of relatively new 1888 construction combined with a 70s era tunnel to allow military lorries to enter. Or a nice callout to the cemetery for Soldiers’ Dogs, or the presence of a “Laird’s Lug”, a window for eavesdropping upon conversations in the Great Hall.
This level of detail continues for some of the other attractions, such as the Museum of the Mound’s display of a million Scottish Banknotes (#8). Or the easy-to-miss marker in the pavement noting the location of Scotland’s last public execution (#10), or even explorations of the various nooks and crannies of the Old City itself, such as the remnants of the old town wall (#39) or the “Innocent Railway Tunnel” that now serves as a pedestrian way (#46).
And while it’s not generally aimed at lodging and dining, it does occasionally mention some of the more interesting options, like a tour of restaurants located around the Old City, like the Contini Cannonball, which features Edinburgh’s oldest door knocker (#14).
Overall, I found it to be a particularly useful, and detailed guide, giving me substantially more detail that I would have learned from other books or walking about. It will certainly be in my bag the next time I visit Edinburgh.
I, like many, have visited Edinburgh in a work and a leisure capacity and have seen the popular "sights" and taken in the wonderful scenery that surrounds Scotland's capital, but never really indulged myself in the history and the finer points of the City (usually down to time constraints and a lack of forward planning).
This is where Duncan's "Only In...." books score handsomely over all the standard "guide books" and come into their own. His clever use of intriguing chapter titles captures your interest straight away and from there you flick through to the relevant page of detailed information, but on the way you find yourself ensnared by his stunning photography from yet another little-known attraction and before you know it you have miraculously ended up with a full day's exploring. Day two is similarly easily organised!
So before you venture on your city-break to Edinburgh (or to any other city in the series), or if you're passing through with work, or even if you're a long-standing resident, spend a small amount of money on this unique book and you'll find yourself on a "personal" fact-filled guided-tour with Duncan J.D. Smith, The Urban Explorer.
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