Princes Street by Bike

Submitted by edg on Thu, 26 May '22 6.30pm
Video clip

Edinburgh's Princes Street, in the New Town, is one of the most prominent streets and the main shopping thoroughfare in the Scottish capital.

The famous gardens that run alongside Princes Street is the site of the former Nor' loch (North Loch), a watery marsh that, until it was drained in the late 18th century, was part of the natural defences of Edinburgh Castle.

Today, Princes Street comprises of an array of large chain and smaller retailers, major hotels The Balmoral and the Caledonian at either end, as well as the National Gallery of Scotland on The Mound, and at the East end Waverley Station.

Cars are restricted on Princes Street as it's the main route of Edinburgh's trams, but cycling is allowed.

Cyclists share the road with taxis and double-decker buses, which as the video shows are increasingly quiet electric rather than dirty diesel.

This video, recorded on 17th December 2021, starts in the West End, continues the length of Princes Street, and ends at Leith Street/Waterloo Place midway up Calton Hill.

It's late afternoon, with the winter sun lowering. The attractions of Edinburgh's Winter Festival are in full swing in East Princes Street Gardens.