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Now permanently docked at Leith near Edinburgh, the Britannia is open to the public. You can look through many of the rooms including the Bridge, the Royal Drawing Room and even the Queen's bedroom. The yacht is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission costs around £6 for adults. You will need to make a prior reservation in order to board.
Deacon William Brodie is one of Edinburgh's most colourful, and most famous, characters. Born in the 18th century, Brodie was a respected citizen by day, even becoming a town councillor. However, at night this was far from the case - Brodie was also a prolific burglar. He was eventually arrested and was executed in 1788 - ironically on a set of gallows that he himself had designed. Unrepentant to the last, Brodie's Will contained the facetious remark "I recommend to all rouges, thieves and gamblers to take care of theirs by leaving all wicked practices and becoming good members of society". Edinburgh has a long reputation of being a town of contrasts and Brodie is regarded by many as the embodiment of this. It is also sometimes claimed that he was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous novel - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Despite his dubious reputation, there is now a small close off the Lawnmarket stretch of the Royal Mile named after him - Brodie's Close - where the burglar is alleged to have lived.
Robert Burns is probably Scotland's most famous writer. His birthday, on the 25th January, is celebrated by Scots all over the world as Burns' Night.
Burns was born in 1759 in the village of Alloway just south of Ayr. The son of a poor farming family he was destined to be a ploughman. However the local school inspired his love of literature and he soon began writing himself. Despite being born in Ayr, Burns is intrinsically linked with the city of Edinburgh. He first arrived in the city in 1787 at the age of 28 where he planned to make a living from writing. However, whilst he was successful at first, it soon became apparent that his writing alone wouldn't support him so he became a customs officer. He died in 1796 of a heart attack aged just 37. Burns' most famous work is the poem Auld Lang Syne, sung the world over on New Year's Eve. And another well known poem is his Address to a Haggis, now an intrinsic part of Burns' Night celebrations.
In Edinburgh there is a Burns Memorial located at the end of Regent Road on Calton Hill. Designed by Thomas Hamilton in the style of a Greek temple, it was built in the 1830s nearly 50 years after his death.
The Writer's Museum in Lady Stair's House on the Lawnmarket stretch of the Royal Mile tells the story of Burns' life and works, along with those of other great local writers Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Located on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile, the Camera Obscura is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh.
Outlook Tower is a building on the Royal Mile next to Edinburgh Castle. Known as "Short's Observatory, Museum of Science and Art" from 1853 to 1892, it was purchased and refurbished by Patrick Geddes in 1892 to transform into a "place of outlook and a type-museum as a key to a better understanding of Edinburgh and its region, but also to help people get a clear idea of its relation to the world at large". The building is now known as "Camera Obscura & World of Illusions".
Part of the Old Edinburgh School of Art in Ramsay Lane, on the corner of Castlehill, Geddes renamed Short's Observatory as the Outlook Tower, incorporating Maria Short's Camera Obscura and mounted his Civic Survey of Edinburgh exhibition. Patrick Geddes was a committed believer in the exhibition as a vehicle of education. The exhibition though constructed and opened to the public, was relatively short-lived and never completed.