52 Images Showing Why Edinburgh Scotland, My City, is the World’s best

Scotland from the ISS in Space

Scotland from the ISS in Space

I can visualize people thinking “Oh here is Shaun showing off he lives in Edinburgh” Well I am not actually doing that, but what I am doing is showing the World how lucky I feel I am for being where I am. Like any amazing places on Earth, places in the USA, Canada, South America, all over Europe, Iran, China, Russia and more, some love where they stay, some hate where they live. There are bad parts of my land but we as a culture don’t put up with nonsense from thieves, seldom will we call the police on a nonsense making fool, we deal with these things in the right way, no blood, just meaningful words that we hope the person takes on board. I take all the images below for granted, same as someone does walking around New York, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Moscow and many more, where we live, we take for granted. I just Skyped with an friend from Southern Russia, it is in fairness, they tell me, a bad place to live, crime is high and keeping yourself to yourself to avoid the gang culture can be difficult. Every City on Earth, be them 1st or 2nd World have criminal empires in their cities, avoiding these people is what I learnt to do and life became better over time. Sadly I know people who stay in danger and not just Scottish people, a few people I speak too from other shores take drugs and worse and I don’t hear from for months, in 2 cases never again. Basically what I am saying is, if you want a life where you can live in peace, no issues, no hassle, no idiots, a life you know you can open your front door and it’s safe. I live in a place so quiet I often forget I live in the Capital City of Scotland, I live in Edinburgh but on the outskirts. So here are some images of what I take for granted, but in all honesty I could not live anywhere else. Visit yeah! But I look into my monitor here in Scotland and see a different World, a World alien to me,  a World where people try for Peace and other due to ‘Whatever’ reason’s would rather see War. I must thank God for my life and where I live. I say this and often people say “But Shaun you live in pain” This is true, but if you live in pain? The scenery here sure helps, enjoy my City

1. Because the outdoor art is dazzling.

Because the outdoor art is dazzling.

Chris Fleming / Via Flickr: chrisfleming

A field of light in the city centre? Why not.

2. Because this is what happens on an average summer evening.

Because this is what happens on an average summer evening.

Graeme Pow / Via Flickr: graeme_pow

This happens every night in August. EVERY NIGHT.

3. Because you’ll be able to afford a flat like this.

Because you'll be able to afford a flat like this.

John Blower / Via Flickr: 10332960@N03

For about £700 a month. Sorry, Londoners.

4. Because this is your gym.

Because this is your gym.

Tim Jordan / Via Flickr: livingfitnessuk

“Hey look, someone left a bunch of countryside in the middle of the city.”

5. Because the universities are among the best in the world…

Because the universities are among the best in the world...

Kay Williams / Via Flickr: 23351536@N07

Edinburgh University is ranked as the 17th best university in the 2014–15 QS rankings. And it’s the sixth oldest university on the planet.

6. …and the student union buildings look like Hogwarts.

...and the student union buildings look like Hogwarts.

Patrick Down / Via Flickr: patrickdown

7. Because our shopping centres know their place.

Because our shopping centres know their place.

Below ground, HUGE Shopping mall’s – Graeme Pow / Via Flickr: graeme_pow

Who wants a branch of The Body Shop or New Look blocking their view? Better to keep them neatly tucked away underground.

8. Because the vintage shops are second to none.

Because the vintage shops are second to none.

Armstrong’s is basically second-hand clothes Narnia.

9. Because the pubs are truly historic, wonderfully unique…

Because the pubs are truly historic, wonderfully unique...

Tom Parnell / Via Flickr: itmpa

The Sheep Heid in Duddingston is home to a vintage skittle alley and the finest selection of cask ales in east central Edinburgh.

10. …and you run into famous authors whenever you go for a drink.

...and you run into famous authors whenever you go for a drink.

If you visit The Oxford Bar you’ll probably end up sitting next to Ian Rankin; it’s his local.

11. Because a long black at Brew Lab is the finest thing.

Because a long black at Brew Lab is the finest thing.

Darcie Tanner / Via Flickr: darcie

Also, the tiny milk bottles are adorable.

12. Because this is the city centre.

Because this is the city centre.

Abi Booth / Via Flickr: abibooth

This is the view just 10 minutes away from Princes Street. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

13. Because you haven’t really had a baked potato until you’ve had a Baked Potato Shop baked potato.

Because you haven't really had a baked potato until you've had a Baked Potato Shop baked potato.

Haggis-topped tattie? Don’t mind if I do.

14. Because Newhaven.

Because Newhaven.

Tim Edgeler / Via Flickr: kraft_d

Newhaven is basically heaven with better seafood.

15. Because our food shops are packed to the rafters.

Because our food shops are packed to the rafters.

Howard Twine / Via Flickr: foto_dobbin

Who needs Tesco when you’ve got world-class delis like Valvona and Crolla, Mellis, and Lupe Pintos?

16. Because winter has never looked so beautiful.

Because winter has never looked so beautiful.

Fergus Ray Murray / Via Flickr: 0olong

Dean Village is perfection, and just a stone’s throw from Princes Street.

17. Seriously, SO beautiful.

Seriously, SO beautiful.

This is what you get to look at while you trail up and down Princes Street doing your Christmas shopping.

18. Because all Christmas markets should look like this.

Because all Christmas markets should look like this.

Ross G. Strachan. / Via Flickr: ross_strachan

19. Because it’s Christmas all year round.

Because it's Christmas all year round.

Ken Douglas / Via Flickr: good_day

Want to buy festive baubles in July? No problem.

20. Because New Year in Edinburgh is beyond spectacular.

Because New Year in Edinburgh is beyond spectacular.

Robbie Shade / Via Flickr: rjshade

Why would you want to be anywhere else on Hogmanay?

21. Because the museums are stunningly beautiful.

Because the museums are stunningly beautiful.

Hilary Wardle / Via Flickr: 23064699@N02

It isn’t enough that the National Gallery of Scotland boasts world famous paintings by Titian, Monet, and Cezanne. It also looks like a glorious ancient temple.

22. Because this is where you go out to eat.

Because this is where you go out to eat.

Tom Parnell / Via Flickr: itmpa

Famous restaurants at the Shore include The Kitchin, Fishers in the City, Martin Wishart, and, of course, Pizza Express.

23. Because it’s home to the best, most dangerous bookshop in the world.

Because it's home to the best, most dangerous bookshop in the world.

Boon Low / Via Flickr: ipohkia

Armchair Books: famous for its precarious ladders. Enter at your own risk.

24. Because it’s compact, clean, and safe.

Because it's compact, clean, and safe.

Stuart Caie / Via Flickr: kyz

You can cycle across the whole city in about an hour, and no one will steal your bike.

25. Because nowhere else in the world has a mysterious book sculpture fairy.

Because nowhere else in the world has a mysterious book sculpture fairy.

Robert Burdock / Via Flickr: robaround

Ten intricate sculptures made from famous Scottish books were hidden at various cultural spaces throughout 2011. No one knows who created them.

26. Because the streets are on another level.

Because the streets are on another level.

Ken Douglas / Via Flickr: good_day

More cities should stack one street on top of another. It saves a lot of space.

27. Because Café Piccante regularly saves your life.

Because Café Piccante regularly saves your life.

Dauvit Alexander / Via Flickr: the_justified_sinner

You just know your hangover would be worse if you hadn’t stopped for chips and a deep-fried Mars bar on the way home.

28. Because once a year, the whole world comes to us…

Because once a year, the whole world comes to us...

Hamish Irvine / Via Flickr: topaz-mcnumpty

The International Festival is spectacular. Who needs to travel when you have hundreds of cultural events on your doorstep every August?

29. …not to mention thousands of comedians…

...not to mention thousands of comedians...

30. …and hundreds of world-famous authors.

...and hundreds of world-famous authors.

“BRB, just popping out to get my book signed by Neil Gaiman.”

31. Because you know you couldn’t live without your daily burrito from Illegal Jack’s on Lothian Road…

Because you know you couldn't live without your daily burrito from Illegal Jack's on Lothian Road...

Carnitas, black beans, jalapeños…

32. …or your weekly Sunday brunch from Toast in Marchmont.

...or your weekly Sunday brunch from Toast in Marchmont.

The Edinburgh Blog / Via Flickr: theedinburghblog

Herby sausages, homemade beans, and, of course, a tattie scone. Divine.

33. Because there are hidden gems down every side street.

Because there are hidden gems down every side street.

Graeme Pow / Via Flickr: graeme_pow

34. Because why would you go and see any old play when you could watch a brand new one?

Because why would you go and see any old play when you could watch a brand new one?

The Trav is the home of new writing. And the bar’s not bad either.

35. Because the Forth Rail bridge never fails to take your breath away.

Because the Forth Rail bridge never fails to take your breath away.

Miroslav Petrasko / Via Flickr: theodevil

Every time you go to South Queensferry you just have to take a photo.

36. Because Halloween isn’t Halloween. It’s Samhuinn.

Because Halloween isn't Halloween. It's Samhuinn.

Alex Morrice / Via Flickr: eastdakota99

What’s the point of living in a city that doesn’t throw an odd pagan festival at least twice a year?

37. Because even the train-station roof is insanely beautiful.

Because even the train-station roof is insanely beautiful.

Miroslav Petrasko / Via Flickr: theodevil

An all-glass train-station roof was a bold move, but it totally paid off.

38. Because anything Cornwall can do, we can do better.

Because anything Cornwall can do, we can do better.

Stu Smith / Via Flickr: 40139809@N00

Cramond is basically a Scottish version of Mousehole with a bonus Roman fort.

39. Because dogs are almost always welcome in pubs.

Because dogs are almost always welcome in pubs.

They never get a round in though, the furry skinflints.

40. Because you’d feel weird if you couldn’t climb to the top of an extinct volcano whenever you felt like it.

Because you'd feel weird if you couldn't climb to the top of an extinct volcano whenever you felt like it.

Antonio M. Mora García / Via Flickr: toniomora

And take in this glorious view.

41. Because this is a club.

Because this is a club.

Kay Williams / Via Flickr: 23351536@N07

Until you’ve partied in a haunted vault, you haven’t partied at all.

42. Because you love being greeted by these guys on your way to Elm Row.

Because you love being greeted by these guys on your way to Elm Row.

It’s an urban jungle.

43. Because we all know that the cakes at Mimi’s are the best in the world.

Because we all know that the cakes at Mimi's are the best in the world.

The Edinburgh Blog / Via Flickr: theedinburghblog

How are they blue? And are those mint Aeros?!

44. Because the parks are truly magical…

Because the parks are truly magical...

Graeme Pow / Via Flickr: graeme_pow

Princes Street Gardens, The Meadows, Inverleith Park… You’re spoiled for choice.

45. …and you’re never far from the water.

...and you're never far from the water.

Barbara Agnew / Via Flickr: hockadilly

Edinburgh is criss-crossed with scenic waterways. It’s basically Venice, but colder.

46. Because Edinburgh looks just as beautiful on a rainy day.

Because Edinburgh looks just as beautiful on a rainy day.

Which is good, because there are quite a lot of those.

47. Because this has to be the world’s most scenic Farmers’ Market.

Because this has to be the world's most scenic Farmers' Market.

Whenever you visit you snigger at “Well Hung and Tender”.

48. Because this is the high street.

Because this is the high street.

You won’t find any branches of New Look or Argos here. Just whisky shops.

49. Because you’re never more than a 40-minute bus journey away from scenery like this.

Because you're never more than a 40-minute bus journey away from scenery like this.

Dougie Mathieson / Via Flickr: 41317617@N05

The Pentlands are basically Edinburgh’s back garden.

50. Because we don’t have monuments, we have “Gothic rockets”.

Because we don't have monuments, we have "Gothic rockets".

Christoph Strässler / Via Flickr: christoph_straessler

No, it’s not an alien spaceship, it’s a tribute to Sir Walter Scott.

51. Because Edinburgh wins at afternoon tea.

Because Edinburgh wins at afternoon tea.

From the amazing spread at Prestonfield House to this stunning high tea at the Balmoral, you just can’t beat it.

52. Because when you live in Edinburgh, you lose all sense of perspective.

Because when you live in Edinburgh, you lose all sense of perspective.

Craig Cormack / Via Flickr: craigyc

“Isn’t it normal to have a gigantic 12th-century castle in the middle of the city?”

Other cities pale in comparison to Edinburgh. In fact, it’s ruined you for anywhere else. You can never, ever leave.

Other cities pale in comparison to Edinburgh. In fact, it's ruined you for anywhere else. You can never, ever leave.

Andy Smith / Via Flickr: smithat

“Edina! Scotia’s darling seat! All hail thy palaces and tow’rs.”

for now…

…Shaun

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6 comments on “52 Images Showing Why Edinburgh Scotland, My City, is the World’s best

  1. We love Edinburgh for all these reasons and so many more! Scenic, historic and leafy. We look out of our upstairs windows and see Arthur’s Seat in one direction, Inchkeith Island & Fife in the other, step into the street and see Calton Hill in the distance. Edinburgh captures our hearts and feeds our souls, thanks for reminding us 🙂

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    • WOW….We share views, just different. I see the two bridges and Fife. If I walk/drive up the hill I see the Castle in the distance. Yeah, we take it for granted, it’s good to be reminded.. x

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      • The bridges are fab – soon to be three! To bring us back down to earth we also see the spotlights of the dump and the sewage works 😉

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      • The smell I don’t miss when we lived near Meadowbank. lol. I think when we mix it all together the smell is worth it as the views take our breaths away.. lol x

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      • Yep, the views are worth it! We only moved to our new house in Feb and have yet to experience the Seafield Stench – from what I’ve read it’s worst when the tanks are being cleaned out (but this is done when the wind is coming from the West and takes the fumes out to sea), so, fingers crossed!
        We appreciate your blog – I forward some on to my husband – FB doesn’t work for more than a few seconds on our tablets, and tbh we don’t have a lot of free time, so hearing all the latest news etc via email suits us perfectly, we love that you are a thorn in the side of ‘authority’!. Sorry we don’t have a lot of opportunity to comment often though, don’t know where the time goes!
        Hope you & yours have a good week, keep rattling those cages, don’t let the trolls get you down, remember they are simply insecure, ignorant idiots whose very existence is challenged by anything non mainstream 😉

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      • Sorry for late reply, been so busy and offline.. lol. 🙂

        I hear ya. People are people. I speak, I write, to learn. Many talk, but no words…Walk and go nowhere..Like you I do both and I be…I become..Same as you..Often hard, but I refuse the World to take my smile 🙂 And I know you get that part. Say hi to your’s…. from me.
        I will keep pushing the button’s for sure. Have a good Sunday, Happy Fathers Day? to your Hubby… Shauny x

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