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Johnston Terrace

Attractions Edinburgh

Johnston Terrace Edinburgh was part of the new developing Edinburgh which linked Old Edinburgh with the new developing area of Tollcross. At the west end of Johnston Terrace is the King’s Bridge which spans King’s Stable Road.  Other attractions in Johnston Terrace include the back of the Whisky Experience which was Castlehill School. The southern elevation of the Hub and Granny Green Steps which are in line with the old city wall (Flodden Wall, 1513) and the

(King’s Wall, 1450) where you can see the carving on the building, seen below.

Johnston Terrace.Edinburgh

Castle Wynd

North Edinburgh

Castle Wynd North Royal Mile Castlehill Edinburgh is a set of steps with housing on the east side that begins at Castlehill next to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade and ends in Johnston Terrace Edinburgh. The House at the top of Castle Wynd North is Cannonball House which has survived through 3 sieges of Edinburgh Castle in 1650 by Cromwell, in 1689 by William of Orange and by the rebel Jacobite Army in 1745, when General Preston shot Cannon from the Half-moon battery at the rebels a cannonball lodge in the wall and remains there to this day.

castle wynd north steps Johnston Terrace Edinburgh
castle wynd north steps Johnston Terrace Edinburgh

Castle Wynd

South Edinburgh

At the foot of the steps of Castle Wynd North directly across the road (Johnston Terrace) is Castle Wynd South, Patrick Geddes Steps and path, which ends at the Grassmarket a pedestrian precinct with bars, restaurants and shops.

Castle Wynd South from Grassmarket Edinburgh to Edinburgh Castle
castle wynd south steps ohnston Terrace to Grassmarket

Celtic Chapel

Johnston Terrace


Near the top of Castle Wynd South is the Entrance to a hidden Garden and wildlife reserve, where the first Gaelic Chapel once stood, now just ruins.

There is also a plaque which can be found on the wall on the south side of Johnston Terrace Edinburgh which is inscribed;


Site of the first GAELIC CHAPEL 1769.

First Gaelic Chapel Johnston Terrace Edinburgh
Wildlife Sanctuary and ruins of Celtic C

Old Edinburgh City Wall

The Flodden Wall was joined to the walls of Edinburgh Castle at David's Tower now where the Half-moon Battery stands and continued down to the house at top of Granny Green Steps on Johnston Terrace.

The stone tablet with inscription on the wall of the house reads; Erected on a site near the extremity of the ancient town wall built in the reign of James II King of Scots A.D. 1450 for the protection of Edinburgh against invasion. This was replaced by a more secure defensive wall in 1513 the Flodden Wall. The route of which continued down Granny Green steps to the Grassmarket.

Link Route of Flodden Wall

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House built on the Flodden Wall Johnston
Wall Tablet King's Wall Johnston Terrace

King's Bridge

Johnston Terrace Edinburgh

The King's Bridge was built in 1833 as the approach to the new western area of Edinburgh

king's Bridge Johnston Terrace spanning King's Stables Road Edinburgh
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