Tag Archives: pub

The World’s End on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Worlds End HighStDown 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.

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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

A familiar site from my walk into Edinburgh

Black Bull LeithStThe famous Black Bull pub on Leith Street, opposite the current building site that was St James’ Hotel and shopping centre.

I’ve lived in both the East and West of Edinburgh and when I stayed in Pilrig Street just off Leith Walk this was a daily sight as I made my way from Leith Walk to Princes Street.

Many of you will recognise this basement bar and entrance steps from the Trainspotting opening credits as Renton runs through the city streets. Not much has changed on the exterior, apart from the lettering now on the railings.

The bar is an iconic Edinburgh location so I am glad to finally capture it in ink and watercolour. This original piece was made for a commission but mounted prints are available for £18 (100x150mm) or £32 (210x290mm) from the shop link below.

Also if you would like to commission your own piece of Edinburgh Sketcher art then email me HERE, prices start at £65.

Black Bull prints to buy.

The Black Bull website

Captain’s Bar, South College Street Edinburgh

CaptainsBar_PubHello sketch fans, I hope you are all having a lovely Friday afternoon.

If you are heading out for a drink or two tonight have a fun and safe evening. I wonder if any of you will be going here, the Captain’s Bar in South College Street, just off North Bridge.


I havent been myself and it was closed as I sketched, I just love the detail in a pub font. The posters, hand written black boards and chained up bicycle. Have a great weekend 🙂

WhereArtI #016

Monday again, which of course means another WhereArtI sketch – can you name this weeks location?

This watercolour drawing is a beautiful building close to Edinburgh city centre, I’ve left the name off the front of the building but can you name the bar and restaurant on the ground floor?

Include hashtag #wherearti with your answers either below, on facebook or twitter and remember to keep an eye on my facebook page for clues, if needed throughout the day. Answers to come by this time tomorrow, and although for now the quiz is just for fun the first three correct answers will get a mention plus a link from my site from the WhereArtI Leaderboard, HERE

And please remember to RT and forward this on, the more who play the better. Good luck