NORTH BRIDGE EDINBURGH
EDINBURGH NEW TOWN ATTRACTIONS
North Bridge Edinburgh from Regent Road
NORTH BRIDGE FROM PRINCES STREET TO THE ROYAL MILE EDINBURGH
The Original North Bridge was founded in 1763, opening in 1772 to link the Edinburgh Old Town with the New Town. Due to the high volume of people and transport that used the bridge it was widened in 1876, it was then demolished in 1896 to make way for the present North Bridge which was opened in 1897. The main rail lines run underneath the bridge. At the foot of the bridge is the Balmoral Hotel and Princes Street and at the top are the Scotsman and Carlton Hotels and the famous Royal Mile.
The statue on the East side of the bridge is dedicated to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers who fought in battles around the world. Behind the statue can be seen the Calton Hill, with the Martyrs Obelisk, Governor’s House, Nelson Monument and High School all visible. Must be near 1pm as the ball is going up the mast on the Nelson Monument.
KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERER'S MEMORIAL NORTH BRIDGE EDINBURGH
THE KING’S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
On the 19th March 1689 David Leslie Earl of Leven gathered a regiment of soldiers within two hours to defend the City of Edinburgh. For Leven’s regiment’s gallantry in defending Edinburgh and later at the Battle of Killiecrankie with a resounding victory for the Jacobite’s lead by James VII of Scotland and II of England, the magistrates of Edinburgh gave the unique right of recruiting by the beat of the drum, marching through the Edinburgh streets with drums beating and flags flying and bayonets fixed. The regiment was later named The King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
It is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
BRONZE PLAQUE OF OLD NORTH BRIDGE
NORTH BRIDGE BRONZE PLAQUE FOUNDATION STONE
THE NORTH BRITISH STATION HOTEL (THE BALMORAL) PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH
The North British Station Hotel (The Balmoral) opened for Business in 1902 and is positioned next to the Waverley Station between Waverley Bridge and the North Bridge, which gives direct access to Edinburgh’s old town, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyrood House (Holyrood Palace). Directly behind the hotel is Calton Hill. The Hotel is at the east end of Princes Street, one of the most famous and picturesque streets in the world. The clock has historically been set 5 minutes fast giving rail travellers the illusion that they are late for their train. The site it stands on is where the first ever hotel in Edinburgh stood.
THE SCOTSMAN STEPS, MARKET STREET EDINBURGH.
When leaving the Waverley Station in Market Street across to the right of the entrance is a set of steps that will take you to the side of the Scotsman hotel at the top of the North Bridge and 50 yards from the Royal Mile at the Tron the old centre of Edinburgh. The steps are made from many different colours of marble.