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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.

Proper Scottish weather.

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.

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?”):

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

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”. []

There’s lots of steps up to the castle.

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

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

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

A look along the Royal Mile.

Up to the castle.

Looking across the city.

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

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

Looking up the picturesque West Bow.

St Columba’s Free Church of Scotland.

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

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

Some splendid Scottish Baronial architecture.

Looking across to the New Town,

Princes Street Gardens.

Inside the Scottish National Gallery.

Castle views.


Lady Wynd. Chortle.

A lost cone.

The bijou Waverley Cafe.

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. []

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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