A – Z of Locations: E is for Edinburgh

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

E is for Edinburgh

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast just north of the Border country with England on the Firth of Forth. Renowned for its heritage, culture, and festivals it is a compact city with a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian ‘New Town’.

Panoramic Views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth from the Argyle Battery on Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh castle looms over the city and from there you have fantastic 360 degree views.

Edinburgh Castle
Panoramic Views from the Argyle Battery (Edinburgh Castle). The new Queensferry Crossing can be seen in the far distance on the left. The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure is the longest 3-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. It is also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span.

Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh and you can find several monuments on Calton Hill – Nelson Monument (built in memory of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson) and The National Monument of Scotland (inspired by the Parthenon of Athens) which has never been completed.

Arthur’s Seat on the right and Calton Hill on the left with its range of monuments.

The city is full of things to do with historic places to visit, galleries, museums, restaurants, pubs, a Botanic Garden, the famous Princes Street Gardens, the unusual Hortus Custodiorum (Archivists’ Garden) shops and theatres. Definitely a city that you could easily spend a week and not be bored.

The Alpine House in the Royal Edinburgh Botanic Garden

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

37 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: E is for Edinburgh”

  1. I’ve only visited in the area around the castle but what a wonderful place that is! Had some amazing hot chocolate there years ago, our younger daughter ordered a bespoke kilt there on my last visit and it took about 6 month to arrive, and I found a bookstore selling all the wonderful UK children’s/young adult books that I loved but had no way of getting home. 🙂

  2. This is such a great post with many amazing photos from one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I can’t wait to go back to it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring 🙌 Aiva xx

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