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Swanston village, Edinburgh


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Strong associations with two poets, R L Stevenson and Edwin Muir. Swanston House was the home of RLS's grandfather, and in his youth RLS spent happy times here. There is also a seat commemorating Edwin Muir, at the top of the green, before the gate leading alongside the golf course and up onto the Pentland Hills. Halfway up the hill is the Tee Wood, where Jenni Calder set one of the concluding, action-packed chapters of Stevenson's unfinished novel 'St Ives'. There are fine views north across the city of Edinburgh to the Forth and Fife. Still a peaceful place, in spite of the intrusive noise of the City Bypass.

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name: Submitted by Gordon Jarvie

Swanston village
To Fairmilehead, Edinburgh, turn west at the traffic lights for about 500 metres, then left for the road-end at Swanston. There is a small car park below the hamlet.



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