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Royal Botanic Garden


The Chinese Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The Chinese Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


View towards Edinburgh Castle from the grounds of Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden, 23rd June, 2008.


This massive beech hedge in the Royal Botanic Garden must be around forty feet high. 23rd June, 2008.


Gothic window and shell-lined interior of the grotto in the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The pine-cone-lined ceiling of the grotto in the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The pine-cone-lined ceiling of the grotto in the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


Detail of shell-lined interior wall of the grotto in the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The palm house at the Royal Botanic Garden, 23rd June, 2008. The scale of the building can be gauged from the apparently-tiny entrance door.


The Palm House in the Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The northern portal of Scotland Street Tunnel, Canonmills, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008. This tunnel opened to traffic on 17th May, 1847, forming the southernmost part of the Edinburgh, Leith & Newhaven Railway's route from Canal Street Station (on the site now occupied by the Princes Mall shopping centre) to Newhaven. The tunnel itself was 1,052 yards long and climbed at 1 in 27 from Scotland Street to Canal Street; a very steep gradient which necessitated haulage of trains by a continuous cable, powered by a stationary steam engine at Canal Street. Due to the inconvenience of this arrangement, the tunnel was later bypassed by a new route from Waverley to Leith and Granton via Abbeyhill, Easter Road and Leith Walk, and it closed as long ago as 22nd March, 1868.


The northern portal of Scotland Street Tunnel, Canonmills, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.


The northern portal of Scotland Street Tunnel, Canonmills, Edinburgh, 23rd June, 2008.
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