A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a visit from my mother-in-law. We started the trip in Edinburgh with a literary pub tour, and the following day we wandered from Waverly Station down the Canongate to Holyrood Palace (official home of Her Majesty when in Scotland). There were quite a few brass plaques along our route that she (my mother-in-law, not the Queen) wanted to read, channeling her own mothers habits. One of the signs read: Dunbars Close Garden.
I always love a garden so we ducked off the main drag to take a look. It was wonderful! According to our pub tour, the closes (courtyards) originally held livestock; this one had been converted into a series of lovely gardens. Each area of the garden had a particular geometric layout with worn stone benches for sitting and contemplating. I was thoroughly enchanted to find this lovely little corner of solitude so close to the tourist throngs of Edinburgh. If you ever visit, be sure to keep an eye out for hidden gardens.