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Edinburgh in a song

Edinburgh in a song

Hello there!

As we’re going to Edinburgh this summer for the immersion course, let’s take a look at one of its greatest landmarks. It’s true that the city is world-famous for its bagpipes; many go in search of good whiskey, others enjoy the city’s breathtaking landscapes while some are tempted by its rich history. In this regard, a visit to the Edinburgh Castle is a real must! 

It is, undoubtedly, the most famous castle in Edinburgh and as such, it stands as one of the most recognised landmarks of the city. It sits on top of a huge rock (aptly called Castle Rock), which makes it visible practically from every corner of the city. This site, which lies on the remains of an extinct volcano, has been the grounds of a number of fortresses and castles for the past 3,000 years. It was the place of an Iron Age settlement around the 2nd century AD! Therefore, Scottish history is ever present inside the castle walls as part of different museums and exhibitions. In fact, the crown jewels of Scotland are currently on display and can be seen by the public. Being an early bird and paying a morning visit to the castle is highly recommendable so as to avoid the flocking crowds!

Mike Scott is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician that with his band The Waterboys, or on his own, has been recording and touring since the late 1970s. His 1995 solo album Bring ‘Em All In included the song “Edinburgh Castle” in which he tells of his comeback to the city of his childhood. Here, besides the Castle he mentions other local places such as Princes Street, the Botanical Garden, The Mound, Forrest Road, the Waverley railway station, the Jinglin Geordie (a homely, cosy pub with an intimate atmosphere that’s away from the tourists’ track) and even bus 23! So check out these places next time you visit Edinburgh! You can listen to the song in the video below and read the lyrics here.

In one the lines, Mike sings: “As I was climbing up The mound / it struck me like a chime.” Here you can see the use of the Past Continuous and the Past Simple, which you can practice in the this exercise.

Hope you enjoyed it!