Welcome to the website of Edinburgh Old Town Association, which is for anyone interested in the historic heart of Edinburgh, so please explore...

The Old Town of Edinburgh runs from the Castle in the west to Holyrood Palace in the east and from Princes Street Gardens in the north to the University of Edinburgh in the south and covers the extent of the city until its expansion in the 18th century. The Edinburgh Old Town Association is an organisation working on behalf of those who live and work in the Old Town of Edinburgh to influence the way the area is developed and to improve the environment and quality of life.

Our newsletters give our views on many topics relevant to the Old Town.  Members enjoy the newsletter and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, both in-person and online.

Membership is open to all who live in, work in, or simply just love this historic heart of Edinburgh.

Older Newsletters

Below are newsletters published before 2014.  Click on the title to bring up a PDF of each newsletter.

September 2013. Considerate Constructors, Discover Tollcross leaflet, closed path in Princes Street Gardens, non-retail street clutter, Flodden 400, return of the dragons.

April 2013. An American academic’s view of Edinburgh, North & South Bridge 1952 and now, recording Royal Mile lives, Our (Old) Town Stories website, Motel One, party flats, street clutter and ‘tat’, the Owl & the Pussycat tree sculpture.

January 2013. A BID for the Grassmarket, (lack of) control of large-scale developments and retail outlets, the Tron Kirk on fire in 1824, Fringe aftermath, Castlehill improvements, Winter Wall in the Canongate.

2012 Review.

September 2012. Control (or lack of) pavement clutter from shops, Caltongate development bought by Artisan Real Estate Investors, hostel instead of hotel in former women’s Salvation Army hostel, dendrochronology in Advocate’s Close, big wheel in Princes Street Gardens, proliferation of tartan tat, shopping on the Royal Mile 1952 and 2012, Tim Gilzean, gifted book sculptures, Enlightenment bus tour.

April 2012. City Council elections in May, repair of Wardrop’s Court dragons, Esplanade stands, Holyrood Gymnastic Club, bouquets and brickbats for planning decisions, historic discoveries in the former Castlehill School, photo-essay on attractive shopfronts.

January 2012. Guidance for buskers in Edinburgh, disappearance of Wardrop’s Court dragons, exotics beasts raise awareness of endangered species, household waste containerisation trial, litter in the High Street, Tattoo stands, closure of Edinburgh Room, walking tours in Spanish, Google (mis)directions, review of Hidden Gardens of the Old Town by Jean Bareham.

2011 Review.

September 2011. Deterioration of public realm, photo-essay on building maintenance problems, new tattoo stands, computer maps can’t handle a city of levels, new access and facilities at National Museum of Scotland, World Heritage Young Guides, repair of willow cottage at Cowgate Under-5s Centre, filming of historic dramas in the Old Town, tartan tat hanging on shopfronts, Scotsman Steps marbles by Martin Creed.

April 2011. Buskers, Grassmarket Community Project in Candlemaker Row, revised design for student accommodation at Moray House, new gates for Scotsman Steps, ‘quiet’ sign … in the New Town, Ronald Rae lion sculpture moves to St Andrew Square, future of the Tannary site, archaeological excavation in the University’s Old Quad, menu lecterns.

January 2011. Buskers – a blessing or a curse, Canongate Venture: missing school bellcote and bell, ancillary use on shops, restoration of the statue of Charles II, review of Renewing Old Edinburgh by Jim Johnson and Lou Rosenburg.

2010 Review.

September 2010. Major developments in the Old Town, trees blocking distant views of the Old Town, range of housing in the Old Town – from palaces to hostels, Angels with Bagpipes raises the tone, make-over of the quadrangle of Old College, using the World Wide Web to explore the Old Town, redrawing of Westminster constituency boundaries.

April 2010. Economic development skewing the mixed character of the Old Town, archaeological excavation on the Esplanade, Acheson House Revamp, developing gardens in the Old Town, success of publishing house Canongate.

January 2010. Review of night-time economy and control of shop frontages, advertising banners, seasonal lighting, Greyfriars Church and its churchyard, consultation on The Fringe, bean bags gifted to the Scottish Poetry Library, improvements in the National Library on George IV Bridge, idiosyncratic shops, archaeology beneath the tram route.

2009 Review.

September 2009. UNESCO Mission report on the Edinburgh World Heritage site, Museum of Edinburgh in Huntly House, new stands for the Tattoo proposed, review of The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, reducing carbon footprint of our homes.

April 2009. Whoops! We are missing this edition.

January 2009. UNESCO to report on the state of the Edinburgh World Heritage site, Malaysian view of the Old Town by Ruzaimi Mat Rani, Adam Smith’s Panmure House to become Edinburgh Business School, disquiet over using empty property for official fly-posting, the City Council and property maintenance, reviews of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Environs by Malcolm Cant and Lost Edinburgh by Hamish Coghill.

2008 Review. This will be posted soon ... along with newsletters from earlier years.


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