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This shot was taken at the top of Carlton Hill, a small hill in the centre of Edinburgh housing several interesting buildings and a wonderful view over the city.

The 'Cairn' in the foreground was built in 1998 by the keepers of the Vigil for a Scottish Parliament. The vigil began in April 1992 when the conservatives won a forth consecutive victory in the UK general election. The vigil ended 1980 days later when in September 1997 the Scottish people voted yes to a referendum for Scotland to have her own parliament. This statred the process of Scotland's devolved status.

At the foot of the Cairn is a plaque with a quote from Hugh MacDiamirmid:

For we ha'e faith
in Scotland's hidden poo'ers
The present's theirs
but a the past and future's oors

The cairn contains stones from locations important to Scotland's past, for example one from Robert Burns' house, one from Robert the Bruce's castle.

In the background are Nelson's Monument; Scotland's tribute to Lord Nelson and the an uncompleted Greek acropolis now known as 'Edinburgh's Embarrassment' as it was never completed due to lack of funding and poor design.

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