Ramsay Gardens

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Now the most sought-after flats in all of Edinburgh, the buildings in Ramsay Gardens were originally intended as accommodation for University students and staff. Built in the immediate vicinity of Edinburgh Castle and the Camera Obscura by Sir Patrick Geddes, the houses combine Scottish and English styles and give stunning views over Edinburgh's New Town and Princes Street.

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The apartments of Ramsay Gardens have become Edinburgh landmarks. The distinctive red roof and whitewash buildings to the left of Edinburgh Castle give a striking contrast in the city's skyline. Most tourists love to take pictures and wander around the prestigious quarter.

High-priced flats for prestigious Ramsay residents

The flats cost around 1 million pounds each due to their distinctive location but life in Ramsay Gardens is not easy. Residents must put up with many things including having tourists on their doorstep virtually all year round. The most disturbing aspect of living in Ramsay Garden is probably the noise.

Edinburgh Castle is home of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which runs every night in August. The massed pipes and drums make an incredible noise as did the jets that flew over the apartments during the 2004 show. Music concerts are also staged on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade and the Castle is also the traditional setting for fireworks.

The select few that live in these luxury tenements know what they must put up with but all in all, it must be amazing to have Edinburgh Castle on your doorstep and gorgeous views over Edinburgh's City Centre and New Town from your window.

How to reach Ramsay Gardens

You can visit Ramsay Gardens on your way back from Edinburgh Castle then walk down past the old Parliament building, down the Mound, past the National Galleries of Scotland and into Princes Street. You can also take the reverse route but you'd have to go uphill so my first suggestion is easier.

Nearby attractions include the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, the distinctive Edinburgh tower with great views all around. Located at the very end of the Royal Mile it's a delightful, but expensive treat (entrance fee - £6.45).

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All Princes Street articles:

  • Edinburgh New Town introduction Overview of the New Town including best places to visit plus tips and advice.
  • Princes Street highlights Visitor information about the shops and attractions on Princes Street.
  • Princes Street Gardens Overview of the most popular green space in Edinburgh.
  • Scott Monument Information about the unmistakable neogothic monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.
  • National Gallery of Scotland Information about the top free attraction in Edinburgh and one of the finest art galleries in Britain.
  • Calton Hill While not at the end of Princes Street itself, Calton Hill plays a very big part in the distinctive Edinburgh panorama but also as an excellent viewpoint.
  • Ramsay Gardens Although at the top of the Royal Mile, Ramsay Garden is a distinctive part of Edinburgh's skyline that can be seen from Princes Street.
  • Photos of Edinburgh City Centre Picture gallery of Princes Street, the gardens, Scott Monument, the Balmoral Hotel, Calton Hill and the New Town.
  • Attraction Details - Princes Street Princes Street tourist information including opening times and contact details of the Tourist Centre and attractions on Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre.
  • Princes Street on the web Links to other web pages related to Princes Street, the Gardens and the heart of Edinburgh.

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