The Highest Point in Central Edinburgh

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile

At the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh sits a massive church tower. It is the closest of the large churches to the castle itself, and it’s spire is the highest point in central Edinburgh.

Such a stunning and romantic building doesn’t quite fit its name.

It is simply… The Hub.

Built between 1842 and 1845 for the General Assembly for the Church of Scotland, it was called the Victorian Hall at the time. Now it is a performance and event venue, hosting picturesque weddings and wild Festival acts.

When you’re standing on the roof of the Camera Obscura, as we were when I took this photo, the spire dominates your view as you look southwest towards Arthur’s Seat.

Man, I love this city. I’m sure it has it’s not-so-wonderful parts, but so far we haven’t found them. It seems like no matter where we go in the city we find incredible views, good restaurants, more history than I could possibly learn in a lifetime, and the best kind of people.

Thank you, Edinburgh, for so many good times.

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23 Responses to The Highest Point in Central Edinburgh

  1. Expat Mum
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    March 7, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    My son is looking at college there in a few years so we will be visiting in the summer. He’s used to gorgeous UK scenery (esp. Tyneside, LOL) but I’m very excited for him to see Edinburgh.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      I’m sure he’ll love it! Several kids from Brian’s family have gone to university there, and had great experiences. Good luck to your son wherever he goes!

  2. Hanne Bente March 9, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Beautiful picture you show :) Hanne Bente
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you, Hanne. :)

  3. Gemma Wiseman March 9, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    An amazing view! The tower is certainly a grand piece of architecture!
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  4. Louise Lloyd March 9, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    We spent a week in Edinburgh two years ago, and we felt exactly the same – just the most beautiful city with so much to see, so much history and lots of great restaurants! I love this photo, really shows off Edinburgh in all its beauty!

    Thank you so much for linking up with Photo of The Week X
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  5. Molly March 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    This is a beautiful atmospheric shot of a truly stunning city. I decided when I visited that Edinburgh has some of the most moody but interesting sky I have ever shot

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  6. jeanne stone March 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Such a beautiful and ancient place this is!
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  7. The Mum with the Silk Scarf March 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Another beautiful photo of Edinburgh, I’m really looking forward to getting there later this year.
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  8. Tiaras & Tantrums March 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    gorgeous! We will be in Europe next week and I can’t wait to begin snapping some culture shots!

  9. Evelyn in Oregon March 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Oh, I would love to experience such a fabulous view! In my own experience, the closest I have come to a similar experience is from the Top of the Rock(efeller Center) in New York City. It’s quite an experience for someone who grew up on a farm in rural Oregon and other then 6 years on tiny islands in the Pacific, has lived in similar rural locations.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Someday I’ll go back to NYC and go up 30 Rock. I’ve been to the top of the Empire State building and it was fantastic to look out over such a huge city!

  10. Brinabird and Son March 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Edinburgh is a good city!
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  11. Countryidyll March 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Quite a menacing photo… Were you using a very wide angle lens or are the buildings on the left about to topple over? )

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 10, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      No toppling here! Just an 18mm lens and a bit of distortion when I straightened up the curve on the tower. I like the effect though. :)

      • Countryidyll March 10, 2013 at 9:13 am #

        Oh goodness, straightening up a curve? What photo editing software do you use to do that then, please? I’m a bit of a dinosaur I’m afraid. Would still be taking b & w photos on my Nikon FM2 if I could! Need to get into some photo editing as have only dabbled with colour in Pic Monkey so far! All in good time!
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        • akil3655
          Twitter: kiltandacamera
          March 10, 2013 at 9:30 am #

          I use Adobe Camera Raw, which is part of Photoshop. You could do the same in Lightroom. Both have a function which will compensate for lens distortion. I over-corrected a bit on this shot when I was playing with it, which was the only way to get the tower straight, but I like what it did to the perspective.

          I would highly recommend Lightroom for even casual or hobby photographers. It’s not ridiculously expensive like Photoshop is, and you can do amazing things to your photos with it. There are a bajillion tutorials on Youtube which can help you learn how to use it.
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          • Countryidyll March 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

            Many thanks for the tip. Don’t mind doing a bit of tweaking, but I really am old school in thinking that a good photo is taken in the camera not as a result of photoshopping afterwards. Real dinosaur I’m afraid, and probably a lonely voice, in this digital age. :-)
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  12. 4joy March 10, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    an intriguing perspective from this place….and the architecture is so ancient in appearance,,,
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  13. Lilinha Espindula
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    March 10, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Very mysterious photo and interesting! :) x
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  14. Madge @ The View From Right Here
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    March 11, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    I’m so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #73!

  15. Mrs Teepot March 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Wow, what an amazing shot!
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  16. Emma Wright
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    March 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    What an amazing picture x
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