Just Frances

Made with 100% pure awesomeness.

Edinburgh’s Wild West

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: silly, scotland, random, happy, geocaching, gallery, edinburgh, america

I finally got around to downloading the Geocaching app on my phone, which means I can do a bit of urban geocaching now. It also means that I get to learn about quirky little places I might otherwise never know about. Which is exactly what happened today when I found myself on what could be mistaken as a low-budget movie set.

The cache in question is called the Wild West of Edinburgh and is located only about five minutes from my office. And get this—it’s a wee alleyway all done up to look like a street from the days of America’s “Wild West”.

A quick Google search told me that the street was first done up as Edinburgh’s Wild West by a businessman dealing in south-western style furnishings in the mid-1990s. At the time, the other shops were occupied by various artist galleries and other create-type people.

Today, the area is predominately used by auto mechanics and other tradespeople. Oh! And it plays home to the business offices of Scotweb, a major Scottish tartan supplier. It is also home to a wee geocache, which is probably where most of the looky-loos come from. And the cantina? Well, that’s actually the fire escape door for the Morningside Library.

To be honest, it just looked like a run-down, run-of-the-mill alley way from my home county. But as I am from the Wild West (or rather, the wild Pacific Northwest) of America, that shouldn’t be a surprise. The novelty of this place, however, is that it’s so very unexpected in the heart of Edinburgh’s Morningside neighbourhood.

Anyhow, I can’t share a story like this without photos so … here you go!

Edinburgh’s Wild West - Gallery

Leave a comment


By submitting a comment, you are agreeing to the comment policy found in the terms and conditions for this website.