I set out into Edinburgh with my camera, hoping to get a few photos of the terrible excesses of Royal Mile tourist shops. However, once I got there I found that I had no charge in my camera battery and had to hastily change plans to the phone in my camera. This came with its own issue: instead of standing across the road and doing a sneaky zoom, I had to get up close and personal to the terrible merchandise. And it turns out that Edinburgh shopkeepers watch their displays like hawks and are not shy of coming out and hovering over you. So the above pictures were taken as a bit of a drive-by!
I hadn’t realised till I went to take these photos quite how many of these shops there are, at least a dozen on the Royal Mile alone and that’s not including their slightly more classy cousins, the knitwear, Celtic and whisky shops. Visitors need never be more than 50 yards away from a towel with a picture of a kilt on it or a see-you-jimmy hat.
At least the change of seasons seems to be reducing the density of pipers!
More from this week’s Gallery here (should be nice and varied!)