This amazing gilded bird of prey can be seen outside Gladstone Land, a National Trust of Scotland property on the Lawnmarket stretch of the High Street.
‘Gled’ is an old Scots word for a red-tailed kite, which can often be found nesting among ‘stanes’ or stones. Gladstone or Gledstane refers to this gilded bird and is a symbol of the building that was once the home of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes.
The property consist of a number of restored rooms and a shop which give an idea of how people in 16th C Edinburgh lived.
To protect the furniture and interiors there is no heating in the building so it’s only open for visits during the Spring and Summer months.
P.S. The Jolly Judge is just down the next close if you fancy a refreshment.