I am so spoilt living in Edinburgh as an architecture student – I am inspired every day. One of my favourite spots to just walk around and explore is Stockbridge.
Stockbridge is a wonderfully preserved part of Edinburgh and is a lovely place to come on a sunny day to visit the botanical gardens or the mouthwatering farmers market on a Sunday but its beauty lies in its old cobbled streets and winding roads. It also serves as a fantastic getaway from the busy streets of the Edinburgh Festival! The Water of Leith cuts through Stockbridge, giving way to beautiful vistas over the river and the cobbled streets can go from bustling and busy to quiet and sleepy in just a few steps. I particularly love the streets of mews houses, which are usually 2-storey houses in a tight row, which curve around and look like they came straight out of an old painting.
From here you can keep walking and explore the near by Dean Village or you can stop to get a coffee in one of the many artisan shops and cafes, but my advice would be: take a camera and just let the streets guide you. You might end up in a beautiful park overlooking a duck pond, or at a boutique jewellery shop, but being so close to the city centre, it’s worth the walk just to get some peace and quiet away from the crowds.