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High above Princes Street, nestled beside Edinburgh Castle, there have probably been dwelling houses for well over 1,000 years. The present buildings, however, only go back to a redevelopment in the 18th century.

Since there were no official planning controls in those days, there is a delightful mix of architectural styles, including an octagonal “Goose-pie” house built by Allan Ramsay the poet. There is a beautiful spacious flat, with a panoramic 360 degree view, designed by Sir Patrick Geddes (regarded as the “father” of town planning) which was created to encourage the University professors to return to the “Old Town” of Edinburgh.

The apartments, with their magnificent views over Edinburgh to the river Forth and Fife on the other side of the river, are now privately owned, high priced, luxury dwellings but visitors to Edinburgh Castle will find wandering around on the outside of the complex a rewarding experience.

The nearby “Camera Obscura” which was also built by Geddes, offers amazing views of Edinburgh and beyond from the camera which projects its image inside the building.


Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • mohammed
    mohammedover 6 years ago

    wow big

  • Linda  Morrison
    Linda Morrisonover 6 years ago

    Smashing colours again Tom…Great shot laddie.The houses look like they have faces.

  • paul boast
    paul boastover 6 years ago

    really nice shot tom , know this place well

  • lpm1471
    lpm1471over 6 years ago

    Great shot, consider B&W with some selective colouring

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago


  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    Great shot and history

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Great shot and fabulous colour

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 6 years ago

    Another nice mixture of colors. Why is it they paint their buildings so many different colors like this ? always wondered.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 6 years ago

    Fascinating collection of architectural styles! Great capture of diversity in buildings. I bet these are as beautiful inside!

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRover 6 years ago

    Another beautiful capture. Nice job.

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