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The Lion of Scotland, in St Andrews Square Edinburgh

StAndrewsSq_LionThe sculpted lion of St Andrews Square looks splendid in the Edinburgh sunshine.

I love this beautiful sculpture by Ronald Rae which lies in the city centre grassland. Carved with hand tools only from Aberdeenshire pink Corrennie granite, the charming animal is a firm favourite of visitors and residents of Edinburgh. I remember first seeing the mighty piece of art outside the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, near Arthur’s Seat, which itself looks a lot like a crouching lion. The ‘Lion of Scotland’ sculpture moved to St Andrews Square in 2010.


Until now I was unaware that the lion is for sale, currently on loan to Essential Edinburgh and not a permanent feature of Edinburgh. Let’s hope this can change at some point as to me, and many others it is an Edinburgh landmark.


Ronald Rae website