Finally today there was a break in the cool, early Summer weather we’ve been having in Edinburgh, and the sun was shining brightly in an almost cloudless sky. We made our way into the centre of town, walking up over George Street, named after George III who was the king at the time when it was being constructed. At the centre of the crossroads with Hanover Street is a statue of his son, George IV, who famously visited Edinburgh in 1822. We followed Hanover Street down to Princes Street, crossing over to the corner of West Princes Street Gardens, where there was a good view to Edinburgh Castle over some tulips and past the statue of the poet Allan Ramsay. From the corner of the gardens we climbed up The Mound, an artificial hill linking the New Town and the Old Town.
Edinburgh's off-street cycle paths run through the city like rabbit warrens - their entrances often difficult to find, taking you down tunnels and paths to unexpected parts of the city. A path that starts at Haymarket might spit you out at Granton, Leith or Cramond, or you may find yourself whizzing down the Union Canal right out of town. I wanted to capture the sheer energy of the routes, which are used by so many different people in so many different ways - by joggers, cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and dog walkers - so over the last couple of months I've been out capturing time-lapse films of the routes around the city. It's not been without its challenges - it was the coldest March in 50 years, and when I wasn't being caught in hail storms or struggling to hold my cameras in place, I was sometimes wondering left whether anyone would be out on the paths at all. And yet, irrespective of wind and weather, snow and storms, people use these paths.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Ronald Neame, 1969
Governor's House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Sightseeing Bus Tour The third most popular attraction in Edinburgh.
Also known as the Athens of the North , Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the most beautiful Capital Cities in Europe. Its unique skyline and distinctive landmarks can be admired from any of the many high vantage points scattered throughout the city. To be truly representative, a collection Edinburgh photographs should include views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town which is why I always recommend photos taken from Calton Hill , Salisbury Crags and the Scott Monument for posters, brochures, guidebooks, calendars and the like.