Regents Road to Calton Road
This is real city centre stuff, not your Princes Street but the less glamourous side of the city centre. We’ll start out just below Calton Hill in Regents Road, site of New St Andrews House where the Scottish Government does it’s thing and the other side of the road from the old Royal High School. This is a busy area with some pretty impressive views over the railings to the city centre and Waverley Station.
If you look about you’ll see 2 gaps in the railings taking you down to Calton Road below, one is Jacobs ladder and it shut at the moment for some reason the other isn’t named and leaded down a small path.
This is a view over the railings from the start of the path.
Walking down the narrow path you come to a point that splits the path, this is the view up towards the Burns Monument which can be seen from Regents Road, really, I wouldn’t recommend walking down here at night if you had another option.
Following the path to the right will eventually take you down to Calton Road, on the way you can admire the quality graffiti…
At the bottom of the steps, an empty can of Tennents and Lech, pointing to the area being used for some public drinking. Calton Hill itself suffers from this these days too with groups of mainly Eastern Europeans using the hill as an outside drinking place.
Head off to the left and you’d be down at Holyrood in a few minutes, heading right takes you under the bridge at the junction with New Street, a dingy area at the best of times.
The whole street is littered with road works just now but follow it up and you’ll eventually end up at the top of Leith Street opposite the St James Centre right at the East end of Princes Street where there city changes radically from the street below.