The Innocent Railway

This was actually a first for me. After blogging the delights of Easter Hails Gate and the old railway tunnel there I decided to find some of the other tunnels dotted around, ideally I’d love to have got the one at Scotland Street but that’s shut these days. The old Innocent Railway tunnel at Holyrood however is very much open. Back in 1800 something or other this was the first railway line to actually be built in Edinburgh connecting St Leonards to Dalkeith. These days’s it mainly a cycle path but well worth a visit even on foot.

It’s easy enough to find, just across the road from Pollock Halls and turn right down into the garages below the flats, turn right and it’s just there. Dead straight and around 1/4 of a mile in length, it’s not got the same enclosed feel as Easter Hails Gate as you can see the other end while walking through. It would however, be a splendid place to get mugged, don’t think I’d cut through at night.

This is just inside the entrance to the tunnel.

Innocent Railway Tunnel

Innocent Railway Tunnel

Innocent Railway Tunnel Half Way

Innocent Railway Tunnel Half Way

A shot showing some of the detail of the walls, which thankfully seem to have stood the test of time pretty good!

Innocent Railway Tunnel Wall

Innocent Railway Tunnel Wall

Beyond the tunnel is actually a decent walk down to Duddingston Loch or you can turn right and head up to the road around Arthurs Seat where you’ll find Sansoms Ribs, a fairly recognisable rock formation on the side of Arthurs Seat.

Sansoms Ribs

Sansoms Ribs

Sunday’s are traffic free around Holyrood until around 4pm hence it’s popular for walking. This is looking towards Duddingston.

Walking to Duddingston

Walking to Duddingston

With Pollock Halls nearby, it’s an area overran by students but don’t let that put you off, it’s once of Edinburgh’s most scenic area’s and just minutes from the city centre. After yesterday’s doom and gloom of the Cowgate, it’s quite nice to put a positive spin on an area of Edinburgh for a change!

Queens Park Autumn

Queens Park Autumn

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5 thoughts on “The Innocent Railway

    • Don’t think it would be too bad during the day, you can see right through it so you’d get a decent chance to see if there was anyone in there. In the time I walked through I was passed by a couple of cyclists and 2 other people walking.

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  2. Cool in summer; warm in winter!
    I cycle through it regularly.
    It’s well-lit, and this elderly git, for one, walks through it at night without a qualm.

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