Looking At Edinburgh

5 March 2008

The Scotsman Steps at dusk

Filed under: buildings, photos — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 12:02 am

I took this photo here. This photo is on Redbubble: The Scotsman Steps at dusk.

A stone tower with a spiral stair links Market Street with North Bridge above. This stairway is open to the public, but for over a hundred years was the most direct way from the Scotsman building on North Bridge to the rear entrance to Waverley Station. (The Scotsman is now produced in a modern building near the Scottish Parliament, down at the foot of the Royal Mile: the Scotsman building is now a hotel.)

Regrettably, the smell most associated with this stairway is urine or disinfectant or a sickening combination of both: for decades, men have used it as a urinal.

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