1) A View from Calton Hill
Calton Hill located at the eastern end of Princes Street (Edinburgh’s main shopping street) offers fantastic views of the city and beyond. In the photo below the ‘New Town’ of Edinburgh lies to the right, while the historic ‘Old Town’ lies to the left, with Edinburgh Castle in the distance.
2) Salisbury Crags in Winter
Salisbury Crags are a series of rocky outcrops forming part of Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano.) Views from this location are spectacular. On a clear day, visitors can easily see as far afield as the Borders, Fife, and Central Scotland.
3) Edinburgh Castle from St Cuthbert’s Graveyard
Edinburgh Castle on a Spring day taken from a St Cuthbert’s graveyard. The castle can be seen from multiple viewpoints around the city, due to being perched on a rocky crag known as ‘Castle Rock’ that rises 430 feet above sea level.
4) Edinburgh Sunset
A fantastic Edinburgh sunset taken from Calton Hill. The monument on the right is the Dugald Stewart monument, built in 1831 to commemorate an influential Edinburgh University professor. The two prominent buildings to the left are the five star Balmoral Hotel, and slightly further away, the Walter Scott monument on Princes Street.
5) ‘Field of Light’, St Andrew’s Square
The ‘Field of Light’ was an urban art display located in St Andrew’s square, which lies a short walk from Princes Street. Artist, Bruce Munro radically enhanced the square’s appearance by placing miles of multi coloured optic fibres across it’s grounds. Sadly, the exhibition was only temporary, and came to an end in April 2014.
6) Princes Gardens in Winter
Looking south from Princes Street. The memorial to the left is the Royal Scots Greys Monument; it was built in 1906 and depicts a member of the regiment in bearskin hat, and uniform. In the distance lies the ‘Old Town’ of Edinburgh, with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Tolbooth, and Ramsay Garden in view.
7) Edinburgh Castle from Below
Everyone has seen the ‘picture postcard’ views of Edinburgh Castle taken from Princess Street, so it is refreshing to see the castle taken from a slightly different angle. This photo was taken from the slopes which lie just between Princes Street Gardens, and Castle Rock.
8) Princes Street
A view west down Prince’s Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The most prominent building in the foreground is the five star Balmoral Hotel, which was known for many decades as the ‘North British Hotel.’
Princes Street defines the southerly edge of Edinburgh’s ‘New Town.’
9) Edinburgh Castle at Night
With strategically placed lighting enhancing many of the city’s old buildings, Edinburgh can be seen in a very different light at night.
by J McSporran
10) The Ruins of Holyrood Abbey
The ancient ruins of Holyrood Abbey can be found close to the bottom end of the Royal Mile. The abbey was originally founded in 1128 by King David I. The abbey was ransacked more than once by mobs of religious zealots, and by 1768 the roof of the building collapsed, leaving it in it’s current state.