Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited and I consider myself to be so lucky that I live here. I constantly take photos whenever I’m out and about whether it’s a planned photo walk with my camera or a quick snap on my phone when I’m running errands. As Edinburgh swallowed up a lot of little villages when the city grew, there are lots of spots that feel like they’re straight out of a fairytale. Mews streets are just a handful of these spots. The carriage-style houses are super cute and wonderful to photograph with some streets becoming tourist destinations. These are my favourites all across the city, some that feature coloured buildings and doors, others with potted plants and ivy growing up the side.
Circus Lane is undoubtedly the most famous of all Edinburgh’s Mews Streets. It has been featured on so many blogs and books that I no longer consider it to be a hidden gem but that doesn’t detract from its beauty, it just means that it’s a little tricky to get some photos without anyone else in them. It’s a great spot if you love wisteria in the Spring but if you’re looking for a quaint street to take some photos, keep searching because Circus Lane is basically a tourist hot spot.
Location: Dean Village
Belford Mews feels a bit like a time capsule. Many of the houses used to be garages and their signs can still be seen on the front of the building. I love Belford Mews for its red brick buildings. It blends perfectly into its surroundings but is often overlooked as it is a stones throw away from the popular Dean Village.
Regent Terrace Mews
Location: New Town
Regent Terrace Mews is filled with colourful garge doors from reds and oranges to multiple shades of blue. My favourite was this little house at the end because parked outside was a gorgeous vintage car. I know diddly squat about vintage cars but seeing it outside the mews houses made me feel like I had walked back in time.
Glenisla Gardens is reminiscent of Notting Hill in London, Rue Crémieux in Paris or Balamory from my childhood. Each little house has been painted a different colour creating a wonderful street of muted shades. There are a quite a few cars parked on the street but it’s still a lovely hidden spot that’s off the tourist track. Definitely worth a stop if you’re planning on climbing Blackford Hill.
Dublin Meuse/Nelson Place
Location: New Town
Hidden amongst the townhouses of the New Town, you’ll find Dublin Meuse and Nelson Place. This small corner of Edinburgh feels smaller than it actually is because of the much larger buildings around. I loved the contrast between the orange and white houses on Nelson Place and it reminded by of a small village I once visited in Hampshire.
Carlton Terrace Mews
Location: New Town
Carlton Terrace Mews has been ripped from the centre of a small village. The street is in a bit like a cul-de-sac with a little grass spot in the centre. There are lots of trees and I even saw a squirrel on my last visit, not common to most residential streets in Edinburgh. It’s very secluded and has a lovely peaceful atmosphere, pretty sure they’re all my dream houses.
I hope you have fun exploring Edinburgh’s hidden streets. I really love wandering around the city as that’s how I stumbled across a lot of these places myself. I’m hoping to write a lot more Edinburgh based posts over the next few weeks because I have so many photos from lockdown wanders to share. If there’s anything in particular you wish to know about, please let me know in the comments or on social media. I know from experience that reading about other cities through blogs is a great way to escape the madness of the world. Until next time!