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CoverA Guide to the Royal Mile

Edinburgh's Historic Highway

Gordon Wright
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also by Gordon Wright:

Orkney from Old Photographs
A Guide to the Royal Mile sixth edition
isbn 9781904246121 rrp 3.99 paperback illustrated in colour 64 pages seventh edition

A Guide to the Royal Mile is well established as the tourist's favourite pocket-sized guide book to the Old Town of Edinburgh. First published in 1979, six previous editions have been produced selling over 85,000 copies. Many copies are taken home by overseas visitors, passed around among friends, and eventually arrive back in Edinburgh, helping someone else to discover the delights of Scotland's capital city.

This seventh edition has been fully revised by the author to take into account the building of the Scottish Parliament, and is illustrated throughout by colour photographs.


Gordon Wright was born in Edinburgh in 1942 and educated in the city. He served an apprenticeship in the camera department of John Bartholomew & Sons Ltd before moving to W & A K Johnston & Co and then Banks & Co. In his spare time he illustrated and designed the nationalist quarterly magazine Catalyst and published books of Scottish poetry. In 1973 he left the printing industry and set up business as an independent publisher. Over the next three decades he published many books by Scottish writers. He is also an accomplished photographer and has had two exhibitions of his work: 'Glisk: Photographs of the Scottish Literati' at the Netherbow, Edinburgh, in 1979 and 'The Write Stuff' at the National Library of Scotland in 2001. In 1993 he received the Oliver Brown Award for services to Scotland. In 2013 he published the first volume of A Great Idea at the Time, his memoirs (available as an illustrated ebook for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone from iTunes).

'One of the favourite visitor companions when exploring the capital's Old Town ... attractive colour photographs'
-- The Scots Magazine