Scottish National Exhibition
The Scottish National
Exhibition in 1908 was held at Saughton Park, Edinburgh.
Please click on the map below for further details, including the
tramway and railway routes from the City Centre to the exhibition.
The description of the
exhibition, below (with my own paragraph
headings and pictures added), is taken from Pulsford's Map
and Guide of Edinburgh, published in 1908, price One Penny:
"THE EXHIBITION has
been erected on the Saughton Hall Estate, granted by the Edinburgh
Corporation for the purpose. The site consists of about 40 acres,
on the city boundary, a little over a mile west of Princes Street. (In fact,
the distance on the map appears to be approx 2 miles!)
The grounds are admirably
adapted for the purpose, being well provided with shady trees and
commanding fine views of Edinburgh and the surrounding country,
with Corstorphine Hill close by on the north and the Pentlands on
the south. Included in the grounds is the Old Mansion House
of Saughton Hall with the beautiful gardens adjoining."
"The main buildings comprise
the Industrial Hall, Machinery Hall, Fine Arts Gallery, Concert
Hall, Canadian Pavilion, Winter Garden, etc. Besides these there
are Russian and Irish pavilions, a Model Hospital, Small Holdings,
Refreshment Saloons, Band and Grand Stands, Kiosks and other
"Apart from the music the
chief attraction in the way of amusements is a Senegal village
- a good reproduction of a native kraal, where the
inhabitants may be seen carrying on their daily life much as they
would do under their own tropical skies. The village
contains about a hundred men, women and children.
A popular amusement is the
water shute, said to the largest in the kingdom, having a
switchback descent, it has an enhanced attraction for those who
enjoy such excitements.
The 'Helter Skelter', the
'Hall of Laughter' and the Spider's Web and Maze afford endless
Figure of Eight Railway
There are also a switchback
railway in the form of a figure of eight and revolving air ships.
Fire-work displays are frequent, and there are many other
"The Exhibition, besides
being easy of access by road, is favoured by good railway and
tramway services. The new station on the North British
Railway takes visitors to the main entrance. Merchiston
Station on the Caledonian Railway, and Gorgie Station on the
Suburban Railway, are within easy walking distance of the
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