With all this talk of Scottish Independence it seems appropriate to have a wander around the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. Probably no other building in Scotland has been the subject of so much debate, mainly due to the spiralling cost to build it and it’s, shall we say, quirky design. I must admit, I kind of like it though, it’s very different, instantly recognisable and not something tourists wont forget in a hurry.
Coming from the direction of the Holyrood carpark, ignoring the Queen’s holiday home to your right, this is the first view you get of the building with it’s concrete tentacles stretching out along the landscaped grass verges.
Ignoring the front entrance for now, you can get around the side of the building heading towards Dynamic Earth which we’ll feature in another post. There’s near constant maintenance going on on the building, bits of it always seem to be falling apart, not that dissimilar to the UK’s current political situation ironically.
Following the building round to the back you get one of the best features, these windows feature in many an arty shot of the building, it’s quite striking and pity it’s tucked away in what no doubt is a tramp infested back street at night.
Walking through the archway here will bring you back onto the bottom end of the Royal Mile. Lessons have obviously been learned since the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack, there will be no driving burning Jeeps into this building!
Round the corner and we’re back at the front entrance with it’s bamboo canopy. They should let the Edinburgh Zoo panda’s loose here, they’d have a great time.
The front of the building has a few ornamental ponds, not much good for much other than getting the reflection of the building in a picture!
If you get the chance, I’d recommend a walk around the building and get a good look at it. I’m sure the people of Scotland probably thought Edinburgh Castle looked nuts when it was first built too!