Princes Street and its Gardens

Under the dominance of Edinburgh Castle - like everything else in central Edinburgh - sit Princes Street Gardens. These lie in the defile between the city's main shopping street - Princes Street - and the castle hill... Castle on rocks above gardens with fountain. --peaceful place. And, being below the street level, the commercial hubbub passes over them, leaving a surprisingly tranquil refuge while being only a few steps distant from the commercial throng. ...The street, more by tradition than paces, is a mile from Calton Hill at its east end, to Sandwich Place at the West end. Running along its south side for much of that distance are the gardens, bisected east to west by the two major galleries that sit on a bridge which brings the galleries up to the height of the street. The Gardens are also bisected north to south by the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway. This quartering seems not to affect the gardens which remain a most-- Pavement with people, traffic lights and castle as backdrop. Princes Street runs beside the tree tops of the gardens, leaving open views to the south along its length
- well as open as the attention seeking Castle permits
Greened bronze model. Castle beyond traffic and taxi loading. Taxis, buses, signs, bustle at street level Ornate monument with distant hotel and pillar funfair ride with goldolas flying out at great height. A very modern tower stands between the North British Hotel (1896), and the Scott Monument. The latter was erected in 1840 only 8 years after the author's death giving some idea of the fame he had in his lifetime This three dimensional bronze map of the city centre is beside the Galleries. It shows Calton Hill bottom right, with Princes Street running straight up from there, the castle is at top left. The horizontal lines at the centre represent the station roof. Looking east along Princes Street with the wide pavement crowded. Crowds throng, as crowds do, the shop-lined north side of the street. The Scott Monument, North British Hotel, and the Calton Hill Monument occupy the focal point of the picture Long focal length lens view down Princes Street. And the return view looking from Calton Hill down the length of Princes Street. The Anglican Cathedral's three spires dominating the view, with the Scott Monument to the left, and the Caledonian Hotel beyond it Foreground of grass with buildings beyond. Looking from the bank below the castle to the North British Hotel (sadly technically now the Balmoral) with the Royal Academy below it, and the tunnels of the rail line below that Grass banking with trees above and below, and people spread out into the distance. A rather distorted view - the ferris wheel is not falling over - shows the key use of the south facing bank of the east part of the gardens - enjoyment of the sun Statue on plinth with people all around and couple of ferris wheel gondolas in view. Few citizens would know this is a memorial to Adam Black, a mid nineteenth century provost of Edinburgh Leafless trees and empty seats below the Scott Monument. Bare trees as a reminder that there are many months of the year when sitting out in Edinburgh is not recommended Eight story complex building with trees in front. Ramsay Gardens, just beside the castle, above the gardens was redeveloped in the 1890s. Flats here cost over £1,000,000 People sitting watching band performing with buildings beyond. A view from the esplanade beside the Royal Academy. This space is often used for entertainment (as here) or craft stalls. Beyond the parapet trees of the eastern part of the gardens show, and beyond these the station nestles discreetly. Above the station, the
North Bridge abuts the North British Hotel
Same statue with more of the ferris wheel visible. That forgotten Provost again, with more of the Ferris Wheel and some of its 27 gondolas The face of the North British Hotel clock. The North British clock; kept 3 mins fast for passengers running late to the station below The flower clock. A clock in the gardens, this is claimed to be the world's oldest flower clock, it dates from 1903 Neat small house amongst trees. Tucked into a corner near the flower clock is the 'Gingerbread House' - until recently used as a residence Statue with castle beyond. Allan Ramsay, the poet, has pride of plinth by the flower clock. Not to be confused - as Tripadvisor is - with his son the painter of the same name Looking down steps with people ascending  and along the walk beyond. The main walk in the west part of the gardens, running just below the level of Princes Street The two galleries with the castle showing between them. The National gallery is to the left and the Royal Academy to the right, but as always the castle gets a look in View over tree tops towards The Mound and its buildings. From the same spot on Princes Street: looking left/east... View over tree tops to the castle with hoorseman statue to right. ...and, above, looking right/west Bank of grass and daffodils with Ramsay Terrace behind. Above the gardens, the slopes by Ramsay Terrace come alive in spring with daffodils. As they do again looking out from the gardens across... Bank of doffodils with railway, and street beyond. ...the railway tracks and down Fredrick Street towards Fife Gold coloured fountain in action. The fountain at the wester most end of the gardens Merry-go-round in space with castle on rock behind it. And also at the west end an adaptable open space. Here taken by a carousel. (Does the intruder ruffle the calm?) View of walkway looking over trees to the Castle on its rock. Finally, a high summer view of the west garden with the Caledonian Hotel as its backstop Trailers... View over Crowds down Edinburghs High Street. The next page of this section takes you up from Princes Street to the Royal Mile - in festival mode Two womens faces framed in one set of arms. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Empathy'.
Or go to the contents Go to the contents of the Mosaic Section. of the Mosaic Section.
Saturday 25th September 2021 Murphy on duty to this site

Contents for this section - Picture Posting.       Home page for this site -       Return to the top