Photo Gallery for the Union Canal between the Almond Aqueduct and Edinburgh - Scroll down to see all the photos:


Approach to Ratho from the west on the Union Canal Seagull Trust Base at Ratho
(Above) Approach to Ratho from the west is by wooded cutting. Ratho and the canal are insulated by a hill and the wooded cuttings from the proximity and noise of the motorways just to the north.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The charity boat Seagull Trust base at Ratho
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Ratho Princess at Ratho Bridge Inn Ratho
(Above) Ronnie Rusack's original classic passenger motor launch, 'Ratho Princess', is still moored near to the Bridge Inn at Ratho.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) Ratho basin with the Bridge Inn in the background.
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Wooded Cutting on Union Canal at Winchburgh Scott Russell Aqueduct
(Above) On the approach to Hermiston area, Edinburgh bound.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
The canalscape has taken its time in becoming urban. The first hint is as we traverse the Scott Russell Aqueduct over the city ring road.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services

Approach to Wester Hailes Wester Hailes
(Above) Even as we approach Wester Hailes we have the Pentland Hills as a backdrop (here with spring time snow) the hills are more obvious and striking to the eye, than to a camera lens.
Photo Credit: Kalevi Lehtonen, Harjavalta, Finland
(Above)Wester Hailes has been a deprived area, but much work has been done. In the above photos, can anyone spot any litter? Normally in such areas as the approach to London,  Birmingham, Manchester, Stoke, Leicester (to name just a few cities we have travelled through) the canal would be full of discarded plastic bottles and all manner of floating debris even items such as Fridges, TVs and Traffic Cones - we see little of this here.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Slateford
Slateford
(Above) Views to either side of the Slateford Aqueduct.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Meggatland Edinburgh Rowing Section
(Above) Between Slateford Aqueduct and Harrison Park we have the Edinburgh rowing section, passing the futuristic Meggetland (yuppie) flats.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
 

Harrison Park
Harrison Park
(Above) oHarrison Park, on the run in to the city centre - the west end of the park to the left, with the east end on the right.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services

Edinburgh Town Houses by the Union Canal
Leamington Lift Bridge at Lochrin Basin
(Above) Now close to the east end of the Union. Very typical look to the Edinburgh town houses, here backing on to the canal.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The restored Lemington Lift Bridge, gives us access into the terminus of the Union canal at Lochrin Basin.
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Black Swans at Lochrin Basin
Edinburgh City Cops
(Above) Hire boats moored in Lochrin Basin, near to fashionable night clubs. Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile just 10-15 minutes walk away. City Bus routes down onto Princes Street have a stop just a few yards away.
 Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) Couldn't resist this photo of the Lothian & Borders mounted police officers patrolling city streets. Edinburgh has its own unique charming atmosphere, so of course the city centre officers patrol on horse back.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha


Edinburgh Castle
(Above) Edinburgh Castle, from different perspectives.  
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services.

Edinburgh Castle Princes Street Gardens
(Above) Left, yet another perspective view of the Castle - Right, late summer at Princes Street Gardens.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services.

Edinburgh Tank
National Gallery
(Above) Several photos up, I commented on city police officers patrolling on horseback. Then I saw this (did police management feel the need for a change in policy?).
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) The National Gallery, like most other museums and Galleries in Edinburgh, has free admission. If you have an interest in art the exhibits are spectacular - but you wouldn't fit those on your living room wall.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Edinburgh Fringe Street Entertainment
Off Season Street Entertainer
(Above) In early August we have the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The city centre then just FILLS with all manner of acts and artistry. Here we have a talented comedy street act - its all good fun.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The atmosphere on the Royal Mile seems captivating, whatever the time of year. Here we have a spring time street entertainer who juggled with fire, as well as having a comedy showman's repartee with the gathering audience (helped by a modern technology microphone system). AND he too was actually very good.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Hollyroodhouse
Royal Yacht Britannia
(Above) Edinburgh's 'Royal Mile' is the mile long, east west, 'royal route' which climbs the hill from the Palace of Hollyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle. Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, where she was married - and briefly served as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 uprising.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) With good value bus fares out to Water of Leith, we can take the tour around the magnificent Royal Yacht Britannia - at very reasonable cost.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha

Royal Yacht Britannia Royal Yacht Britannia
(Above) The Dining Room on the Royal Yacht - bookable for corporate dinners.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) One of the lounges on the Royal Yacht.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.