Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

After posting up a collection of night scenes, capturing a crap busker, documenting a great night out on the town and extolling the virtues of a local cafe, here’s my final set of fifty photos taken in and around the capital city, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Proper Scottish weather.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Whistle Binkies Live Music Bar (4-6 South Bridge, EH1 1LL) was a great place for a late Sunday night drink. Hosting live music seven days a week, bands play well into the night and we were treated to some no-nonsense raaawk’n’raaaawl.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the hugely popular fictional character Sherlock Holmes, was born in Picardy Place in 1859

This bronze statue was erected in 1991 by the Federation of Master Builders to mark their 50th anniversary. I fancy it’s rather a shame that it isn’t based on what has to be the definitive Sherlock Holmes, the wonderful Jeremy Brett.

However, this gives me the flimsiest of excuses to include one of my favourite ever Jeremy Brett clips – the hilarious pub fight scene (“particularly warm, was he?”):

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Once described as the ‘Grey Athens of the North,’ the urban landscape is defined by the use of its sandstone constructed buildings.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Dominating the city is Edinburgh Castle, which stands high on its position on the Castle Rock.

Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world”. []

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

There’s lots of steps up to the castle.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

I loved the old shop signage. Predictably, there’s now a trendy coffee shop inside,

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Some of the architecture isn’t exactly what you’d call the prettiest.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

A statue to Adam Smith, ‘philosopher and father of modern economics thinking,’ stands on the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

A look along the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Up to the castle.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Looking across the city.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

There’s that adult tammy you’ve always wanted.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

There’s loads of twisting alleys to be found in the Old Town.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Looking up the picturesque West Bow.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

St Columba’s Free Church of Scotland.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh is fully geared up to cater for its extensive tourist trade, with shops flogging plentiful supplies of tartan tat.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Bannerman’s rock bar has live music six nights of the week,.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Some splendid Scottish Baronial architecture.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Looking across to the New Town,

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Inside the Scottish National Gallery.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Castle views.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Eek!

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Lady Wynd. Chortle.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

A lost cone.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

The bijou Waverley Cafe.

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

The Victorian Gothic Scott Monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott can claim to be the largest monument to a writer in the world.

Standing in Princes Street Gardens, the tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. []

Edinburgh in fifty photos: street scenes, architecture, landscapes and the famous castle

As we prepared to head back to London, it rained again so I felt like I was back in my hometown of Cardiff in Wales, which holds the unenviable record of being the rainiest city in the UK. We Welsh people know rain, alright.

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