City Centre Meadow
I must admit I didn’t know much about the Meadows but it’s amazing what a little research turns up. Did you know it used to be a 63 acre loch many moons ago, called the South Loch it existed around at the same time as the more well known Nor Loch, which is now Princes Street Gardens. Nice as the Meadows and Princes Street Gardens are, it’s a shame these areas of water don’t exist anymore, mainly no doubt since they were beyond manky being city centre located.
So, history lesson over, what are the meadows today? A huge area of grassland, criss crossed with tree lined paths. It’s has loads of different uses, festival venues etc and on warm days becomes Edinburgh largest outdoor drinking and public piddling place.
Autumn is my personal favourite time around here, with the amount of trees around the area turns into a huge burst of colour, not that you’ll see that from a black and white shot of course!
Edinburgh University has it’s George Square campus off to the east side of the Meadows making this an area popular with students.
Middle Meadow walk is the biggest of the paths crossing the area, leading right into the Forrest Road area leading to the High Street and New Town.
Dominating the views to one side of the Meadows is the Quartermile development. This used to be the old Royal Infirmary until it moved out to Little France. Now it’s a mixture of the old hospital buildings and new glass buildings, mainly luxury accommodation. Never fancied a house here, image how many people must have died on this site? Bound to be haunted…
By day, the Meadows are a busy place, not sure how keen I’d be on walking about here myself at night though since there are regular reports of muggings and assaults here at night.
At this time of year parts of the Meadows are carpeted in leaves.