When it comes to some of the most beautiful streets in Scotland, Edinburgh has got both the bustling and the beautiful, from the street that birthed Harry Potter's Diagon Alley to the filming location of Avengers: Infinity War. Our gorgeous capital has got it all and we've found six pretty Edinburgh streets you absolutely have to walk through, just have a scroll to find out more.
This beautifully curved locale is often thought of as the capital's prettiest street. Devised as an extension to Edinburgh's New Town, originally built by the 18th century architect James Craig, Circus Lane went against the grain with its curvature and became one of the first non-straight roads in the city. Originally housing the footmen, drivers and horses of Edinburgh's middle class, Circus Lane acted as the start of the nobleman's morning commute. Within a 10-minute walk, you can be in the bustling centre of Edinburgh and head to Las Iguanas for a post-stroll brunch.
Housed in one of the city's most eclectic areas, The Shore sits proudly in Leif, Edinburgh's buzzing port district. Officially being added into the capital back in 1920, The Shore now plays host to a variety of bars, restaurants and independent bookshops. Whether you want to grab some brunch at Harmonium, just a 5-minute walk away, or visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and see inside the floating former royal residence, this part of the city is guaranteed to make some good memories.
Expect independent shops, colourful buildings and facades filled with history. Construction started on Victoria Street back in 1829 and it gained its regal name in 1837 following Queen Victoria's ascension, originally being named Bow Street. Would you believe us if we told you this street was the inspiration for the beloved Diagon Alley? It should come as no surprise to Potterheads that JK Rowling wrote the books in Edinburgh... there's even a dedicated Harry Potter Shop here named Diagon House, which opened in 2018.
Sitting pretty in Edinburgh's West End, Melville Street is just a short walk from the historic Edinburgh Castle. With this street thought to be built around 1825, it was originally meant to be the principal development of the West End. However, these Georgian houses are still sitting pretty in 2020. One quick scan online shows that the apartments are positively beautiful on the inside... we'll just go ahead and add one of these to our wish list.
Built in 1856, Cockburn Street's original purpose was to link Edinburgh's High Street with Waverly Station. The street was even used for filming in Avengers: Infinity War back in 2017. Nowadays, it's filled with independent shops and the meeting point for Edinburgh's city council within the City Chambers, the 12-storey building that dominates the skyline. The street is also just a stone's throw away from Belushi's Edinburgh if you've got a real hankering for craft beer and burgers.
At just under 200 metres long, this cobbled street leads right into Dean Village. Although it may have a more equestrian-themed history, the quiet street is now home to several Edinburgh residents. Also a short walk from the Water of Leith, Belford Mews makes for a pretty chilled and scenic stroll. If you want to cut your walk short and grab some sophisticated drinks under decadent chandeliers, Angels Share is just a short walk away.
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