Guest Post kindly shared by EdinBlogger (www.edinblogger.com)
Through social media I have been fortunate enough to stumble upon some fellow bloggers from Scotland that love to share their local wisdom with the online world. I've been following EdinBlogger for a couple of months now as they work their way around the attractions and restaurants of Edinburgh, providing simple and honest reviews as they go.
If you're heading to Scotland's capital city then check out their blog and you won't go far wrong by following their'EdinBraw' recommendations.
I'm delighted that they have shared this guest post which will have you participating in some strange local behavior if you're looking for some luck of the Scots.
Ireland has the Blarney Stone, but if you’re on the lookout for a little luck in Edinburgh then we have just the thing for you.
The most loyal dog in the world (yes Lassie, even more than you) is one of Edinburgh’s best known good luck charms, by giving the nose a wee rub as you pass by you’ll be guaranteed some luck within the hour. So popular is this nose that the statue’s dark colour had been rubbed into a shiny bronze over the years (he even received a nose job to restore back to black and then suffered an apparent vandalism to bring back the sheen).
Only a select few know that to gain the maximum amount of luck you need to kiss the nose, this can be quite the challenge but we witnessed a group trying just that (for most, a simple rub will suffice).
The Toe of Truth
Close by to Bobby is another lucky charm, the big toe of David Hume outside the High Court Building on the Royal Mile. Much like Bobby’s nose, this giant toe gets rubbed on a daily basis.
Likewise with the nose, luck can be increased by kissing the toe but there were no participants on this occasion.
Over the years this big toe has become one of the shiniest in Edinburgh.
The Heart of Midlothian
Strangely, the majority of Scottish lucky charms require a quick rub or use of the mouth, the Heart of Midlothian should never be rubbed but you may need to participate in some questionable behaviour. I hate spitting, I don’t do it and I hate seeing it, but fully expect it to happen on the Heart of Midlothian. It’s bizarre tradition which took a little getting used to – the spot marks the entrance to a former prison so it’s said that the tradition started there with passersby showing their disdain.
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