Ramsay Garden from the Esplanade

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The best free view of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is from the corner apartments of Ramsay Garden. It has been known for some of the residents to offer their apartments for (exorbitant) rent during the Festival while they escape to the sun on the proceeds.

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.

Taken during the Edinburgh RB meet on Sunday 26 April 09. Thanks to Chris Clark for organising a good day out with a really nice bunch of people.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Unique Buildings Of The World : 28 Apr 09
Featured in : Victorian Viewfinders : 30 Apr 09

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