Down at the bottom of the Royal Mile lies this famous public house, on the previous entrance and exit site to the city of Edinburgh.
Outside the pub on the street you can see brass cobbles marking the site of The Netherbow Port, the gate that guarded the city for around 400 years from the 1300’s to 1700’s. You had to pay to pass through the gate and many Edinburgh residents never did so, hence the gates nick name as the Worlds’ End.
This pub also features in Diana Gabaldon’s historical Outlander novels, and main characters Jamie and Claire make a visit. This illustration is one of many in my new book, ‘Midhope and more‘ cataloguing some of the Outlander filming locations around Edinburgh.
Created in conjunction with Scottish touring company Mary’s Meanders, and with support from Edinburgh World Heritage and ETAG, the book combines a collection of sketches with an insight to the book and a little history about each of the filming locations. More information and to order a copy of this original gift for any Outlander fan, visit my Etsy shop HERE.
Book price: £9.99, plus postage.
The World’s End facebook page
More about The Netherbow Port on Royal-Mile.com
Yesterday I was in town posting Christmas cards and dropping off commissions so grabbed a bite to eat in Caffe Nero on the Royal Mile.
A perfect spot to watch the Christmas shoppers and Edinburgh visitors walking up and down the High Street, this was my view from window seat whilst I ate my gluten free ham sandwich and brownie – yum 🙂
Caffe Nero website
Friday was an excellent day, for a few reasons, one of them being I had plenty of time to sketch this beautiful building on the Royal Mile.
It’s no coincidence The Woollen Mill stands opposite the warm and inviting Starbucks near the Tron Church. I tweeted the black and whit version on Friday, but I have since had time to colour it in. Digitally coloured as the pen I had with me isn’t waterproof so I couldn’t add a watercolour wash.
I do like the clean blocky colours you get from doing it digitally though. What do you think?
There is a close up below. I sketched in black pen on location colouring it in on the computer later.
Prints are available from £14, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This policebox on The Royal Mile was getting a make over this afternoon. I captured this talented sign writer adding letters to the outside of the now kiosk which stands in front of Starbucks near Festival Square.
The kiosk looked to be selling fizzy drinks and chocolate as well as ghost tours around the old town.