It has been more than twenty years since my last stay in Edinburgh. A couple of years ago, I spent an afternoon there while on a bus trip but that was really just a walk up and down Princes Street and then time to go.  

On my previous visits, when I stayed in the city, I had travelled by car. This time I flew. Easyjet from Belfast – I hadn’t realised it takes only about 25 minutes.

In Edinburgh there’s a tram service every seven minutes from the airport to the city centre. It takes about half an hour. Convenient and stress free.

I enjoy walking around any city I visit, immersing myself in the atmosphere, gaining a sense of the place and of course taking photographs. In Edinburgh The Old Town, with its cobbled streets and narrow alleys project a sense of history and charm, while the shops, cafes and bars in and around Princes Street in the New Town offer a more modern vibe.

I shot a lot more clips than photographs but here are some pics.

The Whisky Trail, Edinburgh
Bread Street
Celtic Craft Centre
Paisley Close
Clock, Old Town
Old Tolbooth Wynd

Sunny Saturday

Funday, Botanic Gardens
Belfast on a sunny day 13.05.23. Free Fun Day with Bollywood dancing, arts and crafts. In support of Belfast Asian Women’s Academy, one of the Lord Mayor’s charities

Walking around Belfast on a sunny Saturday (yesterday) produced these images. I had walked up towards Queens University and Botanic Gardens and found a free Fun Day in progress at the Gardens. There was Bollywood dancing, arts and crafts and a guy with a bubble machine

Palm House, Botanic Gardens
Palm House, Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens, colourful as always.

Buildings, Bedford Street
Belfast Buildings, Bedford Street

I posted a photograph a short time ago of The Grand Central Hotel in Bedford Street taken with my iPhone. This is another one taken just a bit further up the street.

Writers' Square looking towards St. Annes Cathedral
Writers’ Square looking towards St. Anne’s Cathedral

This image of Writers’ Square, again taken with the wide angle lens on my phone.

I’ve found my phone is fine for grabbing quick images and they look good, very good even, on the small screen. When moved onto the computer with a large screen however they don’t look quite so good. Having said that, I’m fairly sure these images would meet the quality standard required for many uses.