Edinburgh Festival Fringe - 2003

Photographs from my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I saw, and performed in, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Be sure not to miss the Quicktime VR panorama below.

In the airport, before we left

A shot of a sunrise, somewhere over Greenland (though we were so far north that it never got totally dark)

The meadow on the south side of the old city. There was a festival-related carnival set up each day I was there.

The Royal Mile (High Street), where performers advertised their shows.

The Sir Walter Scott Monument

Our venue, on our rehearsal day.

Edinburgh castle

Some local colo(u)r

Another street performer.  He pulled the guy on the left out of the audience and got him to play the role of the horse's behind.


The path I would take into the old city, starting with where I was staying (second building on the left):

Through the (rather large) meadow.

Up a path and into the city

And into the Grassmarket (where executions used to take place at one time)

The Cowgate area (they used to drive cows through the arch in the leftmost picture).

Our venue.

The castle from the Grassmarket, during the day (left) and night (right).

More castle pictures

On Wednesday, August 13, I toured Edinburgh castle.
At the entrance to the castle.

Over looking the city.

The Great Hall (still sometimes used for state functions). At 3:00, a reenactment of a medieval Scottish swordfight between infantrymen from two Scottish tribes was performed.

Some of the stained glass in the Great Hall.

This courtyard is outside of the great hall. You see, in these pictures, a military memorial, where the names of all the Scottish war dead from the 20th century are kept in books that you can look through.

The tower from which the British flag flies (also overlooking the courtyard outside the Great Hall). Underneath this tower are some preserved rooms, along with the Scottish crown jewels as the Stone of Destiny (a rock that all Scottish, and then British, monarchs were crowned while sitting over).

I have my own tower!

A picture of Arthur's Seat, as seen from the castle, and a panorama from the same vantage point.

Two additional panoramas, from inside the castle, looking north. You can see Prince's Street and the Forth of Firth.

Some pictures of the castle from the west side. You can see why it has been a popular place for forts/castles over the centuries.

The Royal mile, just outside of the castle.

On August 14, I hiked to the top of Arthur's Seat, an 830' high extinct volcano on the east side of the city and less than a mile from where I was staying.

Click here for a Quicktime VR panorama I took at the top of Arthur's Seat.  Scroll to the right to find the meadow and then the castle and downtown. Keep scrolling to see the Firth of Forth (a bay to the north of the city). Note: parts of the panorama will start to display before the entire thing is downloaded, so if it looks a little weird at first, give it a moment to finish downloading.

The old city, seen from a graveyard in the New City (to the north).

One of the gravemarkers in the aforementioned graveyard.

The Greyfriars Kirkyard (graveyard), in the Old City, where 250,000 people are buried (most illegally)

This used to be a valley. It is now a hill. That's what 250,000 bodies will do.

A part of the graveyard in which religious dissenters were imprisoned, without shelter, during an Edinburgh winter, while awaiting trial. The man who imprisoned them, George MacKenzie, is buried nearby. This part of the graveyard is supposed to be haunted by the MacKenzie poltergeist.

The Castle, from the Kirkyard.

A nice story. Even an inspiration for a Disney movie. Too bad it isn't true.

This is the Elephant House, the coffee shop in which J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.

The view from the window. You can see the Greyfriars Kirkyard and Heriot's school (which is said to be the inspiration for Hogwarts school)

Heriot's school.

The Elephant House, as seen from the Kirkyard.

The mountains to the east of town, on my final night.