Monday, 31 January 2011

Another Makar

He is, of course, more readily regarded as a novelist.  This inscription on the old family house in Heriot Row.

Sunday, 30 January 2011


The term is simply a Scots form for poet or bard.  There is some suggestion of "official" as in appointment to the Royal Court in ages past but it is only in recent times that there has been an official "Scottish Makar".  Edwin Morgan was the 1st appointee and with his death recently the title has now been conferred  on Liz Lochead. This is the Wikipedia entry for Makar.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Royal Scottish Academy - Back Door

The Academy building is about to host the open exhibitions by the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), Visual Arts Scotland (VAS), and the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA). Needless to say there are a lot more entries than space to show them and today is the day for collecting the rejected works.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Sunshine on Leith

Looking down on Leith from Calton Hill with the Forth and Inchkeith in the background.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Fettes College

Another silhouette of Fettes, but closer this time from Inverleith Place.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Monday, 24 January 2011


The blocks simply anchor a temporary traffic sign. They obviously don't want anyone moving it.

Sunday, 23 January 2011


Sticking with theb Docks, this renamed pub is by rennie's Isle.  Outdoor facilities are extensive in the summer with a moored pontoon but at least the smokers can get a seat here as they shivver in the cold.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Docks at Night

Oilrig support vessel in the Western Harbour.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Nelson Monument

The monument on Calton Hill by night.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

American Consulate

Seen in the distance earlier in the week, this is the entrance. You can buy the adjacent property for offers over £1.65 million.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


It just struck me that this plane at Edinburgh Airport  looked rather odd from this angle.  As if it was being eaten by the gangway.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Burns monument on Regent Road. It was built i 1830 by the architect Thomas Hamilton.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Looking south towards the dome of the University with the Pentlands beyond.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

Regent Terrace

This south facing street is in the east of the city. The building with the flagpole is the American Consulate.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Old Royal High

The Old Royal High School building on Regent Road.  At one point refurbished as a potential site for the Parliament.  A bit of a white elephant really.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Calton Hill

The top of the hill with Nelsons Monument and the National Monument, the unfinished folly.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Reflection R S A

The building in this picture is the National Gallery of Scotland situated on the Mound.  The reflection in the window is its near neighbour the Royal Scottish Academy which sits on Princes Street.

Monday, 10 January 2011

City from the South

Thankfully it has been raining all day and the ice sheets are in retreat.  Not much of a day for photos so this post is from yesterdays location.  The view back to the city from the top of the Tower in Craigmillar Castle. It is a great pity that the City Fathers have, over the years, allowed many developments which are of little merit, too big and spoil the city skyline.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Craigmillar Castle

This late medieval castle is in south Edinburgh about 3 miles from Holyrood. The Tower house dates from the 14th century, the battlements added in the 15th. It was a favourite haunt of Mary Queen of Scots.  She would come out from Edinburgh and indulge in her pastimes such as hawking, archery and plotting the death of her husband.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

North Bridge View

Looking N.E. from the bridge.  In the foreground Waverley Station.  The Cylindrical object on the left and the large obelisk are in the Calton Burial Ground: the first being the the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume's mausoleum and the second the Martyr's Memorial.  Above them, on Calton Hill are the Dougald Stewart Memorial and the old Observatory.  Right of this the castellated features are the remains of the "New" Prison.  To the right of this the original Scottish Office with Nelson's Monument above this, again on Calton hill.  To the right the building with snow on the roof is the old Royal High School. As you can see the snow has returned.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Looking North

The view from Calton hill towards the Forth and Fife with long winter shadows from the National Monument.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

St George's West Church

This was partly the subject on Tuesday.  Taken from Atholl crescent looking towards Shandwick Place.  Pretty much the opposite direction from the previous shot but, of course, much closer.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Fettes from Ferry Road

The college from the corner with Arboretum Road.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The West End from Goldenacre

Across the playing fields to West Register House and St George's West Church in Shandwick Place.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Crammond Inn

Crammond was a site of Roman occupation and it makes for a good pub sign.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year Honour

A bit of a departure for the Blog, identifiable people. George Kerr and Kosei Inoue (3 times World Champion and double Olympic Champion) at George's New Year Party.  George runs "The Club" next door to me and is President of the British Judo Association.  An Olympic Medallist and well known coach he was elevated to 10th Dan last year. In a year of awards he also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt, the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government and was made C.B.E. in the New Year Honours List. As well as opponents, he also knows how to throw a good party.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

From Leith to the Pentlands

A telephoto shot with Leith tenements in the foreground, the city middle distance and the Pentland Hills beyond.