Edinburgh’s New Town is famous worldwide as a well preserved example of Georgian planning and architecture. The New Town is actually 200 years old but is compared to the Old Town is a youngster.
It extends about a mile from Princes Street downhill towards Stockbridge. A visit to the Georgian House is a great way to start a walk through the New Town. The house was built at the end of the 18th century and forms part of a terrace of houses on the south side of Charlotte Square. ( Scotland’s First Minister’s official residence is next door).
The house was designed by Robert Adam for the chief of the Lamont clan. The house is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and they have restored it to how it would have looked in Lamont’s time. It gives a fascinating insight into life for both servants and their masters at that time. Over the four floors you can explore how they led their very different lives.
What I find interesting is how important maintaining your standing in society was at that time. Even the master bedroom was a display of wealth and importance Once you have visited Georgian House walk downhill into the New Town and imagine how it might have been 200 years ago.