Gladstone's Land

Gladstone's Land One of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh. Cared for by the National for Scotland. Tours, holiday apartments, cafe and ice cream! Mary Queen of Scots has irrevocably changed Scotland forever and her son, King James VI, is now on the throne.
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The country is experiencing a magnificent Renaissance as Scotland emerges from the turbulent 1500s. Step back into a colourful and exciting world, where the wealthy and privileged live side by side with the poor, in unfathomably cramped living conditions. Accused witches are being rounded up and drowned in the nearby Nor Loch; hangings and beheadings are a regular occurrence on the Royal Mile; and

The country is experiencing a magnificent Renaissance as Scotland emerges from the turbulent 1500s. Step back into a colourful and exciting world, where the wealthy and privileged live side by side with the poor, in unfathomably cramped living conditions. Accused witches are being rounded up and drowned in the nearby Nor Loch; hangings and beheadings are a regular occurrence on the Royal Mile; and

Operating as usual

Our walking tour app is LIVE!  Download ‘NTS Edinburgh’ from your app provider and take in the history of this incredibl...
25/05/2021

Our walking tour app is LIVE! Download ‘NTS Edinburgh’ from your app provider and take in the history of this incredible city as you walk between us and our other The National Trust for Scotland properties in Edinburgh.

Georgian House
Newhailes House and Gardens

Our walking tour app is LIVE! Download ‘NTS Edinburgh’ from your app provider and take in the history of this incredible city as you walk between us and our other The National Trust for Scotland properties in Edinburgh.

Georgian House
Newhailes House and Gardens

The view from our bar stools 😍 The perfect place to enjoy a coffee and some people watching. #lawnmarket #edinburghicecr...
24/05/2021

The view from our bar stools 😍 The perfect place to enjoy a coffee and some people watching.
#lawnmarket
#edinburghicecream
#edinburgh
#edinburghlife
#oldtown

The view from our bar stools 😍 The perfect place to enjoy a coffee and some people watching.
#lawnmarket
#edinburghicecream
#edinburgh
#edinburghlife
#oldtown

Is it any wonder these #cinnamonbuns have been the most popular thing on our new menu?#oldtown#edinburgh #edinburghicecr...
23/05/2021

Is it any wonder these #cinnamonbuns have been the most popular thing on our new menu?
#oldtown
#edinburgh
#edinburghicecream
#comeinoutoftherain

Is it any wonder these #cinnamonbuns have been the most popular thing on our new menu?
#oldtown
#edinburgh
#edinburghicecream
#comeinoutoftherain

No Cadbury UK Flake shortage here! The team are waiting to serve you a 99 and much more with 16 Equi's Ice Cream flavour...
23/05/2021

No Cadbury UK Flake shortage here! The team are waiting to serve you a 99 and much more with 16 Equi's Ice Cream flavours available.

#edinburghicecream #edinburgh

No Cadbury UK Flake shortage here! The team are waiting to serve you a 99 and much more with 16 Equi's Ice Cream flavours available.

#edinburghicecream #edinburgh

20/05/2021

The wait is almost over!

Tomorrow we welcome you back to Gladstone’s Land!🍨🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 We cannot wait to see you!
Remember to tag us in any photos ☺️

📸@robmcdougallphoto @weerascal
#EdinburghIceCream
#NationalTrustforScotland

2 more sleeps until we open our doors! We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Gladstone’s Land - where you can sampl...
19/05/2021

2 more sleeps until we open our doors! We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Gladstone’s Land - where you can sample delicious treats from our brand new ice cream parlour, enjoy a coffee with friends, and dive into the history of this spectacular building on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile!🍨☕️📖

📸 @robmcdougallphoto

2 more sleeps until we open our doors! We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Gladstone’s Land - where you can sample delicious treats from our brand new ice cream parlour, enjoy a coffee with friends, and dive into the history of this spectacular building on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile!🍨☕️📖

📸 @robmcdougallphoto

Not long until you enjoy one of our incredible Cranachan Sundaes 😋 Equi's Ice Cream Double Cream Vanilla ice cream and S...
16/05/2021

Not long until you enjoy one of our incredible Cranachan Sundaes 😋
Equi's Ice Cream Double Cream Vanilla ice cream and Scottish raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, toasted oats and whisky syrup sauce- all served in @clodandpebble ceramics!

📷@weerascal

Opening Friday 21 May!

#openingsoon #scottishproduce #scottishproducts
#cranachan
#icecream
#royalmile
#edinburgh
#oldtown

Not long until you enjoy one of our incredible Cranachan Sundaes 😋
Equi's Ice Cream Double Cream Vanilla ice cream and Scottish raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, toasted oats and whisky syrup sauce- all served in @clodandpebble ceramics!

📷@weerascal

Opening Friday 21 May!

#openingsoon #scottishproduce #scottishproducts
#cranachan
#icecream
#royalmile
#edinburgh
#oldtown

🔊We are recruiting 🔊 Our brand new ice cream parlour and coffee shop is opening very soon and we need people with a pass...
10/05/2021

🔊We are recruiting 🔊

Our brand new ice cream parlour and coffee shop is opening very soon and we need people with a passion for great customer service to join us in this incredible 500 year old building. A love of great coffee and ice cream will definitely help! ☕️🍦
For more information and an application, form get in touch -
📱 07889 225834
📧 [email protected]

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join the team at our new ice cream parlour and café. Su...
30/04/2021

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join the team at our new ice cream parlour and café. Supervisor and seasonal staff roles available
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 07759837752

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join the team at our new ice cream parlour and café. Supervisor and seasonal staff roles available
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 07759837752

All this sunshine is making us long for ice cream! Not long now until you can get one of our delicious Equi's Ice Cream ...
17/04/2021

All this sunshine is making us long for ice cream!
Not long now until you can get one of our delicious Equi's Ice Cream cones to sit in or take away!

All this sunshine is making us long for ice cream!
Not long now until you can get one of our delicious Equi's Ice Cream cones to sit in or take away!

🔈We are recruiting 🔈Our brand new visitor experience, ice cream parlour and self catering apartments are almost ready to...
27/03/2021

🔈We are recruiting 🔈

Our brand new visitor experience, ice cream parlour and self catering apartments are almost ready to welcome you.

We are currently recruiting for our new team in the ice cream parlour and coffee shop.
If you have a passion for great service AND telling Edinburgh’s stories, then we’d like to hear from you!

ℹ️ For full details and to apply, visit ⬇️ https://www.nts.org.uk/vacancies

🔈We are recruiting 🔈

Our brand new visitor experience, ice cream parlour and self catering apartments are almost ready to welcome you.

We are currently recruiting for our new team in the ice cream parlour and coffee shop.
If you have a passion for great service AND telling Edinburgh’s stories, then we’d like to hear from you!

ℹ️ For full details and to apply, visit ⬇️ https://www.nts.org.uk/vacancies

Newhailes House and Gardens and Malleny Garden are looking for volunteers!
18/03/2021

Newhailes House and Gardens and Malleny Garden are looking for volunteers!

Have you found yourself with extra spare time on your hands during this lockdown? We, and our friends at Malleny Garden are looking for gardens volunteers! Get in touch if you would like to lend a hand! https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering-jobs/find-a-volunteering-opportunity

Something to tempt you all in advance of our re-opening...what do you think of our delicious looking cake selection? 😍😍
01/02/2021

Something to tempt you all in advance of our re-opening...what do you think of our delicious looking cake selection? 😍😍

A sneak peak at the progress made on our 18th century drapers shop- now just to fill the shelves!
29/01/2021

A sneak peak at the progress made on our 18th century drapers shop- now just to fill the shelves!

Chilly 🥶
21/01/2021

Chilly 🥶

The Royal Mile at 6.45am this morning ❄️ NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE with all profits to charity as prints and cards along with other snowy photos.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/EdinSpotlight/shop

Profits going to children’s cancer charity It's Good 2 Give!

We’re on track for reopening soon! What do you think of our take on a frozen cranachan? Vanilla and raspberry ripple ice...
16/01/2021

We’re on track for reopening soon! What do you think of our take on a frozen cranachan? Vanilla and raspberry ripple ice cream with raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, toasted oats and whisky syrup 😋 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🍨

The National Trust for Scotland

#edinburghicecream #icecream #cranachan #scotland #royalmile #edinburgh

We’re on track for reopening soon! What do you think of our take on a frozen cranachan? Vanilla and raspberry ripple ice cream with raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, toasted oats and whisky syrup 😋 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🍨

The National Trust for Scotland

#edinburghicecream #icecream #cranachan #scotland #royalmile #edinburgh

In 1992, a man who had been born and grown up at Gladstone's Land came to visit the house. He afterwards wrote a lovely ...
15/01/2021

In 1992, a man who had been born and grown up at Gladstone's Land came to visit the house. He afterwards wrote a lovely letter to the then property manager detailing as much as he could remember about the people who lived there. We have matched up the nicknames and first names he writes about, with details from the valuation rolls to paint a really vivid picture of life in 1920s Gladstone's Land. The letter remains in our archive, and we have been able to use the information to inform some of the new curation. We love hearing about people's memories of our special building. If you remember Gladstone's Land in the past, we'd love to hear from you!

In 1992, a man who had been born and grown up at Gladstone's Land came to visit the house. He afterwards wrote a lovely letter to the then property manager detailing as much as he could remember about the people who lived there. We have matched up the nicknames and first names he writes about, with details from the valuation rolls to paint a really vivid picture of life in 1920s Gladstone's Land. The letter remains in our archive, and we have been able to use the information to inform some of the new curation. We love hearing about people's memories of our special building. If you remember Gladstone's Land in the past, we'd love to hear from you!

When Gladstone's Land re-opens we will have an ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the ground floor. This will be a mod...
12/01/2021

When Gladstone's Land re-opens we will have an ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the ground floor. This will be a modern homage to 500 years of trading history, as Gladstone's Land has housed a tavern, a coffee shop, a bar, a tea and spirit shop and a dairy among many other things over the years. Iced desserts have been popular for thousands of years. By the end of the 18th century, iced desserts were a recognised status symbol. Before modern freezing techniques, ice was difficult to keep, and so ice houses became popular fixtures at country estates. You can see examples at several NTS properties including Newhailes House and Gardens , Fyvie Castle and Haddo House! Ice houses were dug partially into the ground, and located close to water sources to keep the temperature lower. Image shows the ice house at Newhailes.

When Gladstone's Land re-opens we will have an ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the ground floor. This will be a modern homage to 500 years of trading history, as Gladstone's Land has housed a tavern, a coffee shop, a bar, a tea and spirit shop and a dairy among many other things over the years. Iced desserts have been popular for thousands of years. By the end of the 18th century, iced desserts were a recognised status symbol. Before modern freezing techniques, ice was difficult to keep, and so ice houses became popular fixtures at country estates. You can see examples at several NTS properties including Newhailes House and Gardens , Fyvie Castle and Haddo House! Ice houses were dug partially into the ground, and located close to water sources to keep the temperature lower. Image shows the ice house at Newhailes.

The first reservoir was not installed in Edinburgh until between 1675 and 1676.15 Before this time, water was collected ...
09/01/2021

The first reservoir was not installed in Edinburgh until between 1675 and 1676.15 Before this time, water was collected by local men, often ex-soldiers, called "water caddies”, from nearby lochs and distributed among the residents of Old Town for small sums of money. Studies of pre-1700 maps of Edinburgh and early texts show that the only significant lochs in the area were: the Nor’ Loch (in the area now occupied by Princes Street Gardens), the Burgh Loch (in the area occupied by the Meadows) and Duddingston Loch (located at Duddingston).16 Contemporary accounts of the Nor’ Loch make it an unlikely source of drinking or washing water. However, a well dating from 1361 was located at the edge of the loch and was defended by the Well House Tower, it was a known source of drinking water for the castle residents. A series of ground wells dug within the city walls provided the main source of drinking water for the residents of Edinburgh. This was supplemented by the Burgh or South Loch until the middle of the 17th century. Image credit NLS. Holinshed 1573, The Siege of Edinburgh

We have an exciting online lecture coming up next week, looking at Edinburgh's historical cookbooks. Tickets can be book...
08/01/2021

We have an exciting online lecture coming up next week, looking at Edinburgh's historical cookbooks. Tickets can be booked using the below link: https://nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/historicalcookbooks

Cookbooks and recipes are valuable cultural objects for understanding what was being cooked and eaten at a given point in history, and also for perceiving wider goings-on in culture and society. Ingredients, reader addresses and the variety of recipes are barometers for class relations, gender roles, imperial exploration and readerships, as well as publishing and literary practices of the time.

This lecture focuses on the recipes and literary aspects of a selection of cookbooks published in Edinburgh in the 18th and 19th centuries. By charting how recipes and the presentation of cookbooks changes over time, I reveal how Scottish culinary history is not confined to a ‘domestic sphere’, but is an active participant in global food relations and literary marketplaces.

Lindsay Middleton is an AHRC-SGSAH funded PhD student at the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen. Her research investigates 19th-century recipes and material food technologies, combining literary theory with the history of technology.

This is an online lecture - when you book a ticket, you will be sent a link to access the event.

Alexander Noble is first recorded living at Gladstone’s Land between 1752 and 1766, and occupied the west shop and the a...
06/01/2021

Alexander Noble is first recorded living at Gladstone’s Land between 1752 and 1766, and occupied the west shop and the attached house, most likely on the first floor. He was a candlemaker by trade, and would have sold candles from his Gladstone’s Land shop. In 1752 Noble served as a member of the jury for one of the most famous trials of the 18th century, in which the three sons of the Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy were put on trial for the kidnap and rape of Jean Key, who was then forced into marriage with one of the brothers, Robert. The verdict was returned ‘not proven’ on the charges of rape and forced marriage, but Robert was hanged anyway for breaking into Key’s home and abducting her. The image shows the graves of Rob Roy, his wife, and his sons.

#Onthisday in 1694, a public scandal erupted through Edinburgh, and the council sat to debate a solution to the problem....
03/01/2021

#Onthisday in 1694, a public scandal erupted through Edinburgh, and the council sat to debate a solution to the problem. Young women selling oranges and lemons on the street were using it as a front for prostitution and theft! It was ordained that women caught carrying baskets of fruits up to gentlemen's rooms would be prosecuted, and imprisoned!

A Hogmanay tradition around 1800 involved neighbours visited each other carrying copper kettles of ‘het-pint’, a mix of ...
31/12/2020

A Hogmanay tradition around 1800 involved neighbours visited each other carrying copper kettles of ‘het-pint’, a mix of ale, sugar, eggs, whisky, and nutmeg, we like the sound of a glass of champagne more! Happy Hogmanay everyone!

Ale was the staple drink for all from the medieval until the early modern period. As such, the demand for ale in a Scott...
27/12/2020

Ale was the staple drink for all from the medieval until the early modern period. As such, the demand for ale in a Scottish town – and especially in a town as large and as important as Edinburgh – would have been immense. Mayhew, in his examination of the ale trade in Aberdeen between 1400 and 1540, has suggested that Aberdonians probably consumed 2.25 pints of ale per day. If we believe that the people of Edinburgh were drinking ale at a similar rate, the demand for ale in Edinburgh in 1560 would have been over 23,000 gallons per week, and in 1635 more than 46,000 gallons per week!

Towards the end of the 18th century, Christmas was marked by the sound of the city bellman reciting verses in the street...
24/12/2020

Towards the end of the 18th century, Christmas was marked by the sound of the city bellman reciting verses in the street, and the scent of oranges and rosemary in the home. A drink like Negus would have been drunk to celebrate. Our Christmas present to you is a more modern recipe from Mrs Beeton (1861), when it was more commonly drunk at children's parties.... To Make Negus To every pint of port wine, allow 1 quart of boiling water, 1/4 lb. of sugar, 1 lemon, grated nutmeg to taste. As this beverage is more usually drunk at children's parties than at any other, the wine need not be very old or expensive for the purpose, a new fruity wine answering very well for it. Put the wine into a jug, rub some lumps of sugar (equal to 1/4 lb.) on the lemon-rind until all the yellow part of the skin is absorbed, then squeeze the juice, and strain it. Add the sugar and lemon-juice to the port wine, with the grated nutmeg; pour over it the boiling water, cover the jug, and, when the beverage has cooled a little, it will be fit for use. Negus may also be made of sherry, or any other sweet white wine, but is more usually made of port than of any other beverage. Sufficient: Allow 1 pint of wine, with the other ingredients in proportion, for a party of 9 or 10 children.

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I was playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on my Xbox, when I happened upon a muckle wheel similar to the one I remember from my time guiding at Gladstone’s Land. I got a picture to prove I was not imagining it. Rockstar Games have a base in Edinburgh. I wonder if Gladstone’s Land‘s muckle wheel was an inspiration for this.
Mïchelle
Thank you for giving my children the opportunity to hold these beautiful birds and for sharing your knowledge !
Many thanks yesterday for the informative tour and for the postcards - I really appreciated it and a sense of what life might have been like in 17th Century Edinburgh. Am working on a musical set in that time and it really helps to get a sense of the feel of a place. Thanks for all your help.