16. Edinburgh's coastline is 16 miles/25.6km long with beaches at Cramond, Silverknowes and Portobello. There were once piers at both Portobello and Trinity.
17. The last public execution in Edinburgh took place in June 1864 when George Bryce of Ratho was hanged for the murder of a nursemaid. There are 3 brass blocks at the junction of George IV Bridge and High Street which commemorate this. This was also the head of Libberton's Wynd which was swept away when George IV Bridge was constructed in 1835.
18.The one o'clock gun started in June 1861 as a means of notifying ships in Leith to set their clocks accurately. A time piece was also constructed on the Nelson Monument - a ball that ran up and down a vertical pole but this wasn't succesful due to poor visibility.
19.It is considered good luck to spit on the Heart of Midlothian outside St Giles Cathedral. This is because the Heart is set where the entrance to the old jail stood, the old Edinburgh tolbooth which was demolished in 1817. It is believed that people spat at the door to show contempt.
20.The top five employers in Edinburgh are: Edinburgh City Council, NHS Lothian, The University of Edinburgh, Lloyds Bank and RBS. 31.3% of the workforce live outside the city.(2010 Source Edinburgh Council Website)
21.The top five tourist attractions in Edinburgh are: Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Zoo and National Museum of Scotland. (2009 Source Edinburgh Council Website)