Carrubber's Close

Carrubber's Close, Edinburgh: Address, Carrubber's Close Reviews: 3/5

Carrubber's Close
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The area
Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,873 contributions
Alleyways
May 2021 • Couples
Carrubber's close, is like many of the alleyways in Edinburgh, that lead you from one area to another , some are hidden gems, others not so.
Written May 8, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Carrubber's Close
Jun 2019 • Solo
One of the many small streets with steps used as a short-cut to get top the Royal Mile. Not much to see really. You can take your pick of the many such "closes" in Edinburgh and they're pretty much do the same job.
Written June 26, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Bins
May 2019 • Couples
This is a wide passage linking the High Street to Jeffrey street, it might be pleasant if it were not for the large commercial bins standing at the entrance on the High Street.
It is significant enough to warrant a plaque stating that William Carriberis had his mansion here in 1450.
It was a Jacobite "resort" in 1688.
Apparently Sir James Young Simpson, obstetrician and anesthetist, had a dispensary here.
Written May 17, 2019
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Wuwik_W
2 contributions
Omit by all means!
Jan 2019 • Solo
Homeless people gather there in large groups and urinate all over the close. Better to take a longer walk.
Written January 6, 2019
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Monophoto-1
Saratoga Springs, NY347 contributions
Great find
Sep 2017 • Couples
This time eatery is located in a close (alley) off the Royal Mile. It's a great place for a quick, light lunch. Or perhaps a snack and a cuppa whatever,

We had pea and ham soup, served with a couple of chunks of brown bread. It was a perfect mid-day meal after a typically heave Scottish breakfast
Written September 14, 2017
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permia
Ireland37,271 contributions
Charming laneway
Jun 2017 • Couples
The origins of the title is apparently not entirely clear but seems to have associations with a merchant and magistrate called Carriberis.

It links High and Jeffrey Streets. Adjacent at the latter is the fine Old Saint Paul's Church.

An interesting contrast is to be seen between both entrances. The High Street one is relatively more expansive and it gets progressively a little enclosed and atmospheric towards the opposite exit. We thought it gave a realistic impression of life in past times.
Written July 27, 2017
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