The Mound  (Earthen Mound)  Edinburgh

The Mound in the centre of Edinburgh links the Old Town with the New Town. The Mound or Earthen Mound was originally rubble piled up by businessmen taking a short cut over the marsh land that had been left after the Nor Loch had been drained.  This led to wheelbarrows of earth being convoyed to the site until it made an access to the Lawnmarket.  It stretched from the north side to the south side of the marshland. This eventually provided a further access to and from the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. At the foot of the mound is access to West Princes Street Gardens and opposite can be found the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and slightly further up the mound is the National Gallery of Scotland. On the corner with Market Street stands a statue in memorial to the Black Watch. On mound Place is the New Library which was built in 1846. The Mound then joins North Bank Street and the Bank Street before Joining the Royal Mile.

The Mound Edinburgh


The oldest and most prestigious academy of contemporary art in Scotland. The Academy is active in the promotion of young artists from Scotland’s Colleges of Art and Architecture and takes a lead role in promoting living artists in Scotland. Royal Scottish Academy seen with the entrance from Princes Street.

 Royal Academy of Art Mound Edinburgh  Royal Academy of Art Edinburgh


The Mound Precinct is a Large open air paved space at the foot of the mound steps which is used for street performers (jugglers, acrobats fire eaters etc.) during the summer. With its location in the centre of Princes Street it is an ideal place to arrange to meet before touring or visiting the galleries that surround the square. On the right of the west side of the square is the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and at the south, the National Gallery of Scotland.

The Mound Precinct Mound Edinburgh


The National Gallery of Scotland was opened in 1859 on the Mound and is now home to Scotland’s greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. It also includes a comprehensive collection of the major names in Scottish art. 


 National Art Gallery of Scotland Mound Edinburgh  Scottish National Art Gallery Mound Edinburgh


Link to Market Street

Link to West Princes Street Gardens