City of bridges: 14 man-made crossings within a mile’s radius of Edinburgh Castle
The city centre of Edinburgh sits atop a dramatic landscape of ancient volcanic plugs, river-cut ravines and glacier-carved valleys that has formed over many millions of years.
These obstacles have necessitated the construction of numerous man-made bridges that traverse Edinburgh’s unique topography and stitch the Scottish capital together. From the creation of the first crossings over the meandering Water of Leith to the construction of the original North Bridge in the 1770s, we take a look at more than a dozen bridges to be found within a mile’s radius of Edinburgh Castle.
1. North Bridge
The original North Bridge was constructed between 1763 and 1772 in order to connect the Old Town of Edinburgh to the New Town which was being built to the North. This first stone bridge was replaced by the current structure in 1897.