Heart of Midlothian

sights / Architecture

Heart of Midlothian information

Location
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Address
High St
Getting there
Bus: 2, 23, 27, 41, 42 or 45
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Outside the western door of St Giles Cathedral is a cobblestone heart set into the paving that marks the site of the 15th-century Tolbooth. The Tolbooth served variously as a meeting place for parliament and the town council before becoming law courts and, finally, a notorious prison and place of execution. Immortalised in Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Heart of Midlothian, the Tolbooth was demolished in the 19th century. Passers-by traditionally spit on the heart for good luck (don’t stand downwind!).