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The Hawes Inn

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The Hawes Inn, South Queensferry, Scotland, dates back to 17th century.

It was an inspiration for Edinburgh author Robert Louis Stevenson when in 1886, while staying in Room 13, he came up with the idea for his novel “Kidnapped”. The hero of the book (David Balfour) also stays at the inn.

Sir Walter Scott described the Hawes Inn in his novel “The Antiquary”.

The Inn sits almost directly under the Forth Rail Bridge (you can see a small part of it in the fog, top left of the picture) and was used as a hospital for the 160 plus workers injured while building the bridge.

The garden (at the back) has a large, old yew tree approximately 200 years old. It is one of the largest yews in Edinburgh with a diameter of 173cm.

It never seems to matter where I photograph this building from, but the windows always look like they are at odd angles.

Related shots can be found at: South Queensferry.

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