Chasing the night in Edinburgh - In Photos

Posted on 24. Oct, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts

I know I’m from the big north country - Canada.

But Montreal isn’t that far up north. It’s on the same level as central France, and Switzerland. Something I completely forgot about when I was in Edinburgh last June. On my last night in the city, I wanted to go out to get a few shots of the nightlife, of the many landmarks under a different light.

9PM. 10PM. 11PM.

Goddammit.

Was it ever going to be dark outside?

By 11:15PM, I decided that I had to at least go outside and walk around, for the sake of not losing my time watching BBC News over and over again. That’s the first photo I took. Again, it was 11:15PM.

By 12:00AM, it started to get darker, and I could finally get to work. My brain was completely lost - how could it feel like midnight but look like it was only 8? Is this what the midnight sun does? Fuck your brain over?

Anyway. Considering it was already dark in the southern parts of the city, I headed that way, waiting for the sky to put on its little black dress…

The Balmoral Hotel

photos of edinburgh at night

West Princes Street

Edinburgh Castle

The Castle is beautifully lit at night, but I think it’s even more striking during the day, where you can clearly see how it overlooks the city from its rock - which is pretty much invisible at night. It just doesn’t have the same threatening,  imperious look at night that it has during the day.

The Wash Bar

Mound Place

General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland

Quiet Royal Mile

I was a bit surprised at how eerily silent the Royal Mile was. Granted, it was a Tuesday, but big cities don’t usually segregate days of the week - they’re constantly buzzing with people, period. Not in Edinburgh, however. There was this one drunken guy singing Coldplay’s Paradise at the top of his lungs, but other than that, nicht. Silence. Where was everyone?

Or perhaps all the tourists had gone to bed already?

The Mitre

Yes. It was 12:45AM.

At a quarter to one, I’d gotten pretty much all the photos I wanted, and I was admittedly a bit tired.  And guess what? It wasn’t even completely dark yet. Much to my amazement.

If this was a small preview of the midnight sun, I must experience it one day - just to see how far my inner clock can be muffed up.

 Have you been to Edinburgh? Were you too quite disturbed by the extended daylight?

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13 Responses to “Chasing the night in Edinburgh - In Photos”

  1. Pascale

    24. Oct, 2012

    I went to Scotland in june too, few years ago. I visited Edinburgh which is beautiful. But the places where I’ve appreciated the extended daylight were Inverness and also Isle of Skye. It was so special and wonderfull to catch the blue hour longer! I’ve loved so much the Highlands that I really want to go there again! (It was before the numeric camera time… so I don’t have good pictures of it…)

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  2. Travelwriticus

    24. Oct, 2012

    I visited Edinburgh twice but both times in the daylight. Thanks for giving me some views of the nocturnal Edinburgh.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      You’re welcome! As you can see, it’s equally charming after sundown.

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  3. fotoeins | Henry

    25. Oct, 2012

    Beautiful “quiet” shots from Edinburgh! I was in Stockholm and Copenhagen the first week of summer a few years ago. It never really gets dark, and when 330am-4am rolls around, the sky is ready for sunrise. It takes some getting used to … but I sure ain’t regretting the trip!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      Sunrise at 4AM? WOW. I must experience that one day!

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  4. Tracy Antonioli

    25. Oct, 2012

    Lovely shots. I like how desolate it all seems. I’ve been looking for somewhere to spend next summer, and Edinburgh is at the top of my list. You have swayed me in both directions (pro: lots of daylight. con: seems pretty dead after dark). Either way-great post!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      I was surprised by how silent Edinburgh was at night. Granted, it was a Tuesday night, but still.

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  5. Laurence

    27. Oct, 2012

    I love experiencing a city when it’s empty - I found London in the early hours of a Sunday morning was similarly deserted (around 6-7am). And I too want to experience the midnight sun to see what that does to my body clock!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      I am way too lazy to experience a city before 10AM :)

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  6. Love the photos! It really shows a great experience.

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  7. Jenna

    02. Dec, 2012

    I haven’t experienced this kind of extended daylight before but it would be strange, I think. These are lovely night photos!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      It was very strange indeed! My body was so confused.

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