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Touring Britain bit by bit with a pair of boots, a few bicycles, a lot of trains and a bag of lenses. I take pictures and then I write about them.

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Sun, 2 Sep 2012

On Calton Hill

Calton Hill

When arriving in Edinburgh, whether by two wheels from over the Moorfoot Hills or up the towpath on the Union Canal, or especially by Lowland Sleeper arriving on time before breakfast is served, one can't miss out a first five minute detour to greet the city from atop Calton Hill.

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

To survey it all laid out around you in the dawn twilight or warm evening sunshine of arrival time.

Calton Hill

Survey the trains and traffic snaking and scuttling between the spires and turrets of cathedrals and castles, and the towers and domes of railway stations and municipal chambers.

Princes Street

Edinburgh

Survey the chimneys and cranes and colourful council flats standing out in their sea of Georgian terraces and simple sturdy grey Victorian tenement blocks offset in the spring by streets and squares of trees.

Calton Hill

Stretching out inland to the great mound of the Pentland Hills.

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Flowing around the jagged lump of Arthur's Seat to Musselburgh and Portobello.

Calton Hill

And up against the Firth of Forth and the North Sea, and out into it at Leith Docks and Granton Harbour

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Mossmorran?

Where giant boats, rocky islands, and drilling platforms rest lit against the Fife coast and the distant Ochil Hills.

National Monument

A brilliant cityscape, all to be surveyed from beside the structures and monuments of the World Heritage city, five minutes walk from the railway station.

Holyrood

Edinburgh

edinburgh

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

More pictures can be found in the Edinburgh gallery

Calton Hill

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[Tag] Tags: cityscapes, edinburgh, scotland, uk, urban, world heritage sites


Thu, 16 Feb 2012

Edinburgh Castle

castle!

I don't go inside tourist attractions of the historic house and castle variety all that often. The occasional objects of interest on display aren't usually worth the effort of wading through the endless antique chair arrangements and the endless lists of lords who have sat in the antique chairs.

castle

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle has a little of that. The Honours of Scotland (crown jewels), for example, are laid out in display cases on velvet cushions, if you're excited by that sort of thing. But it has something else, too: a fantastic situation.

Edinburgh Castle

castle

The Castle Rock is a volcanic plug, left standing after the ice age, when glaciers cleared the weaker rock from around it. The hill has been inhabited for almost two millennia, with the Castle first developing a thousand years ago and Edinburgh Old Town following on the "tail" of the hill.

Crane and castle

And that now contributes to Edinburgh having one of the nicest skylines and cityscapes of any British city.


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More photos in the Edinburgh gallery.


[Tag] Tags: architecture, castles, cityscapes, edinburgh castle, edinburgh, history, scotland, uk, urban


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