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Lady Stairs Close (was Baxter’s Close): Home of Robert Burns for a short period.

6a Nicolson Street (Formerly Nicolson’s): This is where J.K.Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Rutherford’s Howff, Drummond Street: This is a former drinking den patronised by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2 Wellington Place, Leith: Former home of Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.

Sciennes Hill House, Sciennes House Place: Meeting place of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

Riddles Court (was Land) 322 High Street: First permanent home of philosopher, David Hume.

Scotland Street: Setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s novel, 44 Scotland Street.

31 Drummond Place: Home of Compton Mackenzie who wrote ‘Whisky Galore’.

Arden Street, Marchmont: Former home of Ian Rankin, author of Inspector Rebus.

St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge: Former home of novelist, Joan Lingard.

Boyd’s Inn (now Entry), Canongate: Arrival point of Dr. Johnson 1773.

Canongate Kirkyard: Contains graves of Adam Smith (economist), Robert Ferguson (poet) and Agnes McLehose ( known to Robert Burns).

5 The Abbotsford, 3 Rose Street:Meeting place of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and associates during 1950s and early 1960s.

Craiglockhart: Former war hospital where Siegfried Sassoon met Wilfred Owen (poets).

St. Peter’s Church, 77 Falcon Avenue, Morningside: Oscar Wilde used Father John Gray as a role model for the character Dorian Gray.

160 Bruntsfield Place: Birthplace of novelist Muriel Spark.

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Glengoyne distillery near Strathblane now offers a two hour master blending class where students learn to mix their own blended Scotch Whisky.

Cost of the course is GBP25.00 ($50.00).

Each student’s product is poured into a 100ml bottle to take home. A certificate is also provided. However, the exact recipe remains in Glengoyne’s registry of blends.

Glengoyne’s malt is found in Isle of Skye and Langs blended brands.

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Airport operator BAA Scotland has announced a GBP10M ($20M) two year investment plan for Aberdeen airport entailing an improved arrivals hall and a runway extension to increase the range of direct international flights.

Aberdeen is one of the fastest growing airports in the U.K. with 3 million passengers this year rising to a projected 5.9m by 2030.

The expansion plans have been welcomed by tourism and business leaders.

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