Collection by Aaron Britt

Scotland: Day 1


Hello from Scotland! I've had the rather good fortune to be invited for a bit of a design tour in Scotland, and I am reporting back on my first day and a half in Edinburgh. I got in midday yesterday and immediately set out for a ramble. Before I made it back to the Hotel Missoni (high design just a block off High Street!) I'd wandered several miles, through several neighborhoods, and headlong through several Scotch whiskies (Oban 14 and Bunnahabhain), pints of Dragontail Ale, a mean fish and chips and one poker tournament. I lost that tournament the moment I sat down. Today I took off with Frank Scott of Blue Badge Guides to get a good sense of the place architecturally. In the process I saw a castle where Mary Queen of Scots spent one of her last days, restaurants made from what used to be whisky storage, and Zaha Hadid's first completed building in the UK. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of what I've seen.

The famed Edinburgh Castle is in the middle of town at the head of the Royal Mile.
There really aren't that many modern buildings in Edinburgh, but I was rather taken with this extension of the...
Here's the modern extension of the Royal Scottish Museum by architect .
This is a view of the old part of the Royal Scottish Museum, and you can see how dirty the facade is. Many buildings in...
On my walk last night I happened on this old-time rally car kitted out with a rack of picnic gear and skis.
Here's a little strip in the Leith neighborhood called the Commercial Quay.
Head down High Street (the Royal Mile) and you'll see St. Giles Cathedral, which is spectacular.
The city center abounds with statues of famous citizens of Scotland.
Another statue I adored was this of Scotland's greatest economist: Adam Smith. Just behind is St. Giles Cathedral.
I happened across this building and feel in love with the angled panels of the facade and the sculptures on them.
Here's a view of Craigmillar Castle, outside of town. Mary Queen of Scots spent one of her last nights here.
The entryway into the castle from the outer wall put you right between these two low trees.
If all the buildings haven't been enough proof that I'm wandering round Edinburgh, I thought I'd take a picture of the...
Though New Town in Edinburgh is primarily Victorian, a couple modern buildings have snuck in. This brutalist structure...
Another spot where you'll come across the occasional modern structure is at the University of Edinburgh.
To the left you'll see one of the private parks that abounds in Edinburgh.
Toward the end of the day Frank and I drove out to the town of Kirkcaldy to visit this Maggie's Center designed by Zaha...