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The best things in life are free

Welcome to our summer issue of Edinburgh Life, which as usual is packed with articles celebrating our city and the surrounding Lothians. It is easy to see why this is such a great place to live, work and play, and why Edinburgh attracts so many visitors throughout the year - particularly in August when The International Festival, Fringe and Book Festival are in full swing.

However, with all due respect to the many excellent shows and performances vying for our hard earned cash over the next 2 months (our pick of the best Festival shows begins on page 32), I would suggest there is one new and permanent attraction that is an absolute ‘must see’, and costs absolutely nothing to enjoy -. Saughton Park.

The front cover of this issue features Saughton Park’s gleaming bandstand, and a four page feature begins on page 10. Edinburgh Life has never before devoted so many pages in one issue to a city green space, but a recent visit convinced me the coverage was entirely merited.

Restored to its former glory, Saughton Park is now - arguably - the most beautiful leisure space in Edinburgh, and is free to enjoy. And if, like me, you pick a glorious sunny day to visit, you’ll see the place at its absolute best.

Of course a typical Scottish summer includes its fair share of rain, so for an unforgettable indoor experience, I recommend a visit to the Royal Scottish Academy to see the remarkable work of Bridget Riley (see pages 28-30). Entry does cost a few pounds, but Riley’s ‘Op Art’ paintings are visually dazzling and really should not be missed.

So, lots to see, do and enjoy in an around our remarkable city.

I hope you enjoy this issue - and the summer ahead.

Peter Bourhill Editor


Assistant Editor

Peter Bourhill 07850 938407 Harriet Bourhill


John Burnett


Lydia Bourhill


Jan Bondeson Eileen Gray Andrew Meehan Peter McDougall Roddy Simpson

Circulation Social Media

William Allison Lydia Bourhill


Alasdair Anderson

Contributing Photographers

Doug Corrance

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Front Cover:The restored bandstand in Saughton Park


£2.50 July/August 2019 and the Lothians

Saughton Park beautifully restored

Prince Albert his legacy to the city

Victorian Edinburgh fascinating photographs

The Art of Looking Bridget Riley at RSA

The Festivals selected highlights

Swanston’s“Roaring Shepherd”

The Sussex’s wedding outfits


Society A u c t i o n s E a t i n g O u t

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This page:The Royal Mile thronging with Festival revellers (© Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society) Back Cover: Members and guests of the Royal Scots Club watch 1 SCOTS Pipes and Drums and The Lowland Band perform Beating Retreat in Abercromby Place, with the Lord Provost taking the salute

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