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Edinburgh museums

Scotland’s capital has enough museums to crowd the Royal Mile, as well as a thousand years of fortune and glory tinged with ghoulish history to discover around town.
Edinburgh Castle above Princes Street Gardens

History and art

MUSEUM OF EDINBURGH

Behind the colourful façade of Huntly House, built in 1570, is a museum covering the city from its prehistory to the present. Exhibits include a copy of the National Covenant of 1638 and a feeding bowl that belonged to Greyfriars Bobby, the city’s most famous dog (edinburghmuseums.org.uk; 142 Canongate; 10am–5pm Mon–Sat, noon–5pm Sun in Aug only; free).

SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

Scotland’s premier collection of art is housed in this imposing Neoclassical building. The galleries devoted to Scottish art include glowing portraits by Allan Ramsay, rural scenes by Sir David Wilkie and landscapes by William McTaggart. Look out for Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch (nationalgalleries.org; The Mound; 10am–5pm, to 7pm Thu; free).

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