Skywatch Friday - The Balmoral
Streaming clouds provide the backdrop to an Edinburgh landmark, the Balmoral Hotel. I've lived in Edinburgh long enough now to slip up occasionally and call it by its former name, the North British. It was built in 1902 as the railway hotel for the North British Railway Company, and sits beside Waverley Station. Apart from the useful information that it has a very nice cocktail bar, I can tell you two things about it:
- the clock is set fast to help travellers going for a train hurry up and get there on time. There's some debate as to whether it's 2 or 3 minutes fast. I suppose I should check for myself by looking at it when the 1 o'clock gun is fired from Edinburgh Castle.
- JK Rowling finished the final chapter of the last Harry Potter book in a suite in the hotel. The suite has now been named after her, contains her writing desk and a bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel, signed by JKR, and you can stay there for around £1,000 a night.