Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano within the grounds of Holyrood Park, and makes up one of the 7 hills of Edinburgh. From certain viewing angles, Arthur's Seat also resembles a crouching lion.
This is of even greater significance when one considers that the lion is the traditional symbol both of power and of Scottish identity. During our visit in 2008, this granite sculpture by Ronald Rae was situated at the foot of Arthur's Seat.
From what I've read in the local media, many residents petitioned that the statue should remain there. But it appears that eventually (in 2010) the statue was moved to St. Andrew Square, near Jenners Department Store.
I agree that the statue makes more sense being based near Arthur's Seat... perhaps, hopefully, one day... it will return there.
This statue is beside Princes Street in West Princes Street Gardens, opposite the junction with Frederick Street and just above the Ross Bandstand in the below gardens.
It commemorates the Royal Scots Greys who left Edinburgh in 1899 to fight in the South African Boer War. The sculptor was Mr William Birnie Rhind, and it was unveiled by Lord Rosebery on 16th November 1906. The statue is mounted on a pedestal of rock which bears the bronze plaque containing the inscription and Regimental badges.
Funnily, it seems that almost every soldier who was in the Scots Greys during the 1st World War claims to have been the model for this statue (including my husband's grandfather, haha! :-) but apparently, the model for the sculpture was Sergeant-Major Anthony James Hinnigan from Jedburgh and his horse Polly.
--> At the foot of the statue have a look at the gigantic thistle bush! I've never seen anything like it!
This church and cemetary at the west end of Princes Street Gardens is like a quiet little oasis among the city bustle. I believe this is the cemetary where the infamous Burk & Hare used to dig up bodies in order to sell them for medical science!
princes street gardens is right in the heart of the city centre and are lovely big gardens, at lunchtimes/evenings you get office workers, tourists sitting in the gardens enjoying lunch/picnic. There is a large bandstand and usually during the festival acts/bands perform there
Down in a quiet corner of Princes Street Gardens: This beautiful, peaceful strip of greenery - between the Castle and the awful shops of Princes street - seperates the Old and New Towns, and is a wonderful place to relax.
Towering above it are cliffs, upon which stands the impressive Castle complex. The area around the fountain is therefore much photographed and is usually packed with young tour / school groups eating ice cream.
Its a lovely place to relax in the sun - almost 'continental' - certainly not Scottish.
See my other pictures for a street level view of the shops - argh!
When we walked along the Princess gardens, we saw a very interesting clock made of flowers. You can see it on the picture. It works :) The clock was specially designed for the 50-th anniversary of the Queen's reign.