One of Edinburgh's most referenced buildings, this amazing hotel has a soft spot in the hearts of most locals. The clock at the Balmoral is kind of our version of Big Ben in London- time is kept to Balmoral time, which I was told when I first arrived is slightly fast to ensure you make your train on time.
I still remember the very first time I fell in love with this building. It was Christmas Day 2010, and I'd only been in the country for a few days. My brother, sister and I decided to take a walk up to Edinburgh Castle to walk off our Christmas lunch, and as we walked across North Bridge I clapped eyes on The Scotsman. It's gold lettering was lit up as it was just starting to get dark and I stopped to admire it. I'm not sure why, but I just thought it was beautiful, and I still do.
I have only recently discovered this beautiful quadrangle in Edinburgh. Hidden behind an unimpressive front on South Bridge, is a square that rivals those in Oxford and Cambridge. Edinburgh University students get to use these buildings for classes and occasionally they open up some of the buildings to the public, including the lovely Playfair Library.
George Street's most prominent and impressive building is The Dome. This is a building whose interior is as stunning as its exterior. The Dome is well known for two things- their outstanding Christmas decorations, and their decadent afternoon teas. It's not uncommon to see a queue out the door and down the street to sample their afternoon tea.
No list of Edinburgh's finest buildings is complete without mentioning the jewel in Edinburgh's crown- Edinburgh Castle. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland and is worthy of every accolade it receives. I have visited the Castle many times since moving here, and for me it is the most beautiful site to see when I've been away- it makes me feel like I'm coming home. I especially love it during the Military Tattoo when it is lit up in all its glory.
Regardless of whether you like art or not, you can't deny that this building is a beauty. Situated on Queen Street, a few blocks back from the main tourist hub, the National Portrait Gallery underwent some restoration a few years ago to restore it to its former grandeur. What sets it apart from other buildings in Edinburgh is its red sandstone front that looks very Gothic- unlike anything else I've seen in Edinburgh.
I can't quite put my finger on what draws me to this building. I've always had a keen interest in historic theatres, so perhaps its more down to my personal taste rather then amazing examples of architecture. I pass this building every day and always find it interesting to look at. They also offer behind the scenes tours for any fellow theatre buffs out there. Oh and they have a ghost....
Set on the hill across from the New Town, The Assembly Hall is the meeting place for the Church of Scotland. More well known is its status as a major venue during Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. I love the architecture of its huge spires and how it dominates the scenery on the Mound.
This wee cottage in Princes Street Gardens is quite possibly the most lusted after home in Edinburgh. It's idyllic in every sense of the word, but unfortunately you can't live there. It's currently used by the staff who make the gardens look as beautiful as they do. Now, that's one office I'd be happy to go to everyday.