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This evening, I am presenting some panoramic images of Leith. This is an industrial town and port which sits on Edinburgh’s northern shore and is often overlooked by the vast bulk of tourist visitors to Edinburgh.

The two images were taken from Edinburgh Castle and show the towers of Leith in the middle distance then the Firth of Forth then, in the distance, the Fife Coast which ultimately winds its way round to St. Andrews.

For several centuries Leith was an important shipping terminal and played an important role in Edinburgh’s growth and prosperity. Leith’s decline has, to an extent, been halted by the arrival of the Royal Yacht Britannia which is now an established tourist attraction, albeit one I would not feature in my ‘A’ list of “must sees”.

Other important places to visit in Leith include:

Read more on Visit Leith Scotland…

This evening, I am presenting an image of Princes Street, Edinburgh taken from atop the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.

This is one of Europe’s most celebrated streets which benefits from an open aspect to the gardens and castle. In 1840 Robert Louis Stevenson described the street as a terrace of palaces but by 1960 the tone had become harsher being described by Moray McLaren as one of the most chaotically tasteless streets in the U.K.

Princes Street today is renowned for its shops and shopping but at the peak of the busy tourist season ( July/August) a stroll up and down is not a quality experience.

To the right of the image is the New Town whilst to the left is the castle and Old Town.

Read more on Visit Princes Street Edinburgh Scotland…

This evening, I am presenting an image of the National Monument on Calton Hill. This forms part of the important skyline which was designed to form the ‘Athens of the North’.

The Monument was designed by C.R.Cockerill ( with William Playfair) and dates from 1822. It was originally designed as a church whose exterior was intended to replicate the Parthenon but funds were short and only twelve columns were completed.

This is quite a romantic site. There are many other interesting monuments and buildings on Calton Hill which also affords a great vantage point for viewing Edinburgh City and the Firth of Forth. Great photos when the visibility is right!

Read more on Visit National Monument Edinburgh Scotland…