365-193 The Vennel, Browns Place , with view of Edinburgh Castle , Edinburgh Scotland at Dusk

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A nice spot coming up from the bottom of the Grassmarket with a view of Lothians Edinburgh castle, close to the place of the Flodden wall. Some call it school steps I think. The street lamps have recently been changed to something more in keeping with a "Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh" period type feel.

View on Alamy here

Taken here between Christmas and New Year on the night of Hogmanay, the snow and ice of December give it a nice lightness, even at dusk. This is the calm before the storm as the party starts in Princes St and the gardens as the stage fires up to welcome in the new years celebrations. 2009 2010 2011 2012. Everyone needs a street party ticket and a wristband to enter the city arena area, unlike many years ago when it was a bit more easy going. Now there is a midnight torchlight procession from Parliament Square via the historic Lothian Edinburgh Royal Mile to the Son et Lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill. On Edinburg new years day the the loony dook is the place to take a swim at South Queensferry in the river Forth in the shadow of the Forth Railway Bridge over to Fife.

Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC, although the nature of early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

As one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been involved in many historical conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions. From the later 17th century, the castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since.

Few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century, when the medieval fortifications were largely destroyed by artillery bombardment. The notable exception is St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, which dates from the early 12th century. Among other significant buildings of the castle are the Royal Palace, and the early-16th-century Great Hall. The castle also houses the Scottish National War Memorial, and National War Museum of Scotland.

A panorama from Scotland's Western Isles www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/3890901488/

Another dusk shot from close to Edinburgh www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/4241055295/

A similar shot, a panorama this time from Liverpool and the river mersey www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/4392932861/

Have a look at some of my other Edinburgh images on Flickr - www.flickr.com/search/?q=Edinburgh&w=33062170@N08 .

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  1. Light Echoes 4 months ago | reply

    Terrific light & textures.

    Happy New Year!

  2. henrhyde (gill) sorry been busy 4 months ago | reply

    Grand presentation -- stunning castle vista

  3. Norfolk Belle (busy with coursework) 4 months ago | reply

    A lovely shot ...
    Happy New Year ... *_*

  4. tjshot 4 months ago | reply

    perfect compo!
    Seen in 100+ Faves Flickr 's Finest (100+ Faves Only)

  5. Mick Bourke. 4 months ago | reply

    Splendid image.

  6. rgrant_97 4 months ago | reply

    Unusual view of Edinburgh. I like it! All the best for 2014.

  7. ehutphoto 3 months ago | reply

    Very well lightened ......interesting place !!....once I will visit Edinburgh !!
    Happy new year !!

  8. Salmon Leap (@JohnA390) 3 months ago | reply

    Simply superb!
    Happy New Year, Tony.

  9. Paul Noden 3 months ago | reply

    Great capture

  10. booglehole 3 months ago | reply

    What a superb photograph, so very seasonal.

  11. Caliane Amorim 3 months ago | reply

    Beautiful place, congrats.

  12. Jan Herremans 3 months ago | reply

    awesome colours, I like the composition also

  13. Tale of a thistle 3 months ago | reply

    Stunning picture and great atmosphere...

  14. coulportste 2 months ago | reply

    great capture

  15. Des Hawley 2 months ago | reply

    A fantastic capture Tony with absolute control over light and shadow !!


  16. spicros78 6 weeks ago | reply


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