New TownApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

The New Town of Edinburgh, which was begun in 1767, is a number of things: it is the site of some of Edinburgh's most majestic architecture, it represents the most significant milestone in the city's history, and a distinctive community. Conceived halfway through the eighteenth century, the New Town was born of physical necessity, for the Old Town was overcrowded, malodorous and unhealthy. But the benefits bestowed by the visionary New Town were not only physical; they were intellectual and spiritual also. The New Town was a remarkable pioneer venture in town planning, and it remains unique in terms of Georgian architecture. The chief architect, George Drummond died in 1766, and so did not live to see his great plan reach glorious fruition. The New Town became his monument. The North Bridge was built to link the New Town with the Old Town.

Courtesy of the British Tourist Authority