The restoration of the beautiful Ross Fountain is now complete! Water flows freely for the first time in eight years. Now sporting its new colour of a bluish-green and copper moving away from it’s all gold colour, paying homage to its sister fountain of Fontaines de la Concorde in Paris.
Ross Fountain was produced at the iron foundry of Antoine Durenne in Sommevoire, France, standing at it’s current position in West Princes street gardens since 1872
Edinburgh has many Gothic and spooky locations, here is a shot of Edinburgh Castle taken from St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard. (with a sepia tone added). St. Cuthbert’s Kirk is thought to be one the oldest site of worship in Edinburgh.
The graveyard of the ‘Kirk below the Castle’ is an intrinsic part of the story of Christianity in Scotland from the Dark Ages onwards, and its establishment during the 8th century predates the first records. Despite its busy city centre location, the site feels secluded and secret.
Panoramic photo of West Princes Street gardens, this has the Castle, The Ross Fountain (which I really wish they would fix) and st cuthbert’s parish church to the right. Between 1460 and 1759 this area was entirely flooded with water, this was the castles northern defense known as the Nor’ Loch
Here in Edinburgh we have a unique way of telling the time, at precisely 1300 everyday (exuding Sundays) we fire a cannon from the castles ramparts. The tradition began in 1861 to provide ships in the Firth of Forth with an audible time signal.
A picture of Edinburgh Castle, with the Ross Fountain below taken 4 years ago during the bad winter, December 1 2010. Taken with a Point and click camera
Its been mild recently, so no snow yet! would be nice to get a chance to take decent photos in the snow.
We all are aware the Edinburgh castle is our city’s most popular tourist attraction; the massive medieval fortress sitting atop of a volcanic rock is impressive to say the least. However Edinburgh has more than just one castle. here are Edinburgh’s Other Castles
2 Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 6AD.
Head out towards crammond and you can find Lauriston Castle; this is a 16th century tower house with 19th century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, with some cracking views. You can access the castle via guided tours. Within the grounds is a very nice Japanese garden, this is the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship Garden, opened in 2002 to celebrate the twinning with Kyoto Prefecture.
Craigmillar Castle Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4SY
Lets be honest, lauriston Castle doesn’t really look like a castle at all, where as Craigmillar looks like a classic. The old medieval ruins of this 14th century castle is how many in-vision a castle to be, Craigmillar is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, it’s tower house is one of the oldest in Scotland, from where you can get some stunning panoramic views of the city. This castle is about 3 miles southeast of the city center.