A city guidebook for the digital age, offering unique insight into the city of Edinburgh and giving you the chance to put your smartphone to excellent use as your travelling companion!
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Edinburgh by Smartphone concentrates on photo locations for capturing iconic shots of the most famous sights in the city, and also some less well-known locations that nevertheless offer excellent photographic opportunities. The second main element of the book details walks around the city that can easily be incorporated into any city break.
Each photo spot has clear what3words references for getting to the required location and where to stand when you get there. It also provides background information about the photo subjects, and lists nearby refreshments options and other notable attractions in the vicinity.
The photo spots include:
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Scott Monument
- Greyfriars Bobby
- Giles’ Cathedral
- The Royal Mile
- Calton Hill
- Holyroodhouse Palace
- Scottish Parliament Building
- Arthur’s Seat
- Victoria Street
- The Grassmarket
- Dean Village
The walks covered in the book (complete with distances and estimated number of steps) are:
- Old Town Walk. Exploring Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, centred around the Royal Mile.
- New Town Walk. In contrast to the Old Town, the New Town presents ordered Georgian elegance and this walk takes you through its streets.
- Literary Walk. Edinburgh has an extremely rich literary history, and this walk takes you to the places where many of Edinburgh’s most famous writers lived and worked, including Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. K. Rowling and Ian Rankin.
- Dark Side Walk. It is impossible to escape the fact that Edinburgh has had more than its fair share of devious and murderous characters over the centuries. This walk takes in the sites where they operated, and details many of their activities, including the numerous ghostly stories that have flourished around the city.
- Water of Leith Walk. As an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this walk takes you through the nearby tranquil Water of Leith, including the picturesque and historic Dean Village.
- Arthur’s Seat Walk. Looming large over the city, this walk takes you to the summit of Arthur’s Seat (and back), for a vigorous walk and stunning views over the city.
Getting the best out of a smartphone camera is also looked at, so you can take the best photos possible, feel confident using your smartphone camera, and concentrate all your attention on the photo subjects.
About the author
Nick Vandome is an IT writer and trainer who specialises in digital imaging and web authoring subjects. In addition to his writing, he also works designing websites and runs training courses. Before he started working with computers he wrote books about working and travelling abroad.