Edinburgh’s Old Town is home to some of Scotland’s most beautiful streetscapes, and today, from picturesque Victoria Street to the historic Lawnmarket, they are unmarred by traffic as visitors and Edinburgh residents alike stroll along the cobblestones, lunch at picnic tables and play badminton and giant chess in the road. In what is usually one of the noisiest parts of the city thanks to the congested traffic, the only sounds are the chatter of pedestrians and the ubiquitous bagpipes keeping visitors entertained.

Members of a local sketching group position themselves in the middle of the ...


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