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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.

National Trust for Scotland

P.S. The Jolly Judge is just down the next close if you fancy a refreshment.









Flodden Wall

In the 16th Century the citizens of Edinburgh authorised the building an extensive wall to protect the city after the disaterous defeat at the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABattle of Flodden. Know as the Flodden Wall little now exists but at Forrest Road just along from the Greyfriars Bobby statue you can find the site marking the last remaining section.


A section of wall is just visible from Lauriston Place,  in the grounds of George Heriots School on the righthand side.