Robert ('Rabbie') Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, is Scotland's national poet, known and loved far beyond its borders. His birthday, 25 January, is celebrated around the world with a hearty supper, poems, songs and great quantities of whisky....

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As the birthplace of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and more recently Irvine Welsh, you could say Edinburgh is a city with a storied past. Yet while these are all household names, the writer most closely connected to the city is practically unknown to many outside it: Robert Fergusson...

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Did you know that the bottom half of the Royal Mile wasn't part of Edinburgh until 1856? It was a seperate burgh known as Canongate, and the lower half of the Mile still goes by that name. It's home to a small church, with surprising Dutch roots.

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They've been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995: the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, highlighting the contrast between the medieval and modern parts of the city....

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