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Green Walk: Tracing the South Side

Saturday 20 May 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Interesting places/features of the South Side including a rhino head sculpture, a plaque commemorating James Hutton, a fairly grand house and some graffiti

*Updated with itinerary and info links below*

From The Causey to Summerhall via St Leonards and Sciennes.

Once one of the most densely populated areas in Europe, the South Side was nearly emptied in the 60s-70s before the South Side Association fought off the comprehensive development area plan to replace the community with a six-line highway and university buildings. Luckily there’s still lots to imagine and see in the South Side, like the vegetarian cafe where suffragettes hung out, and one the most famous literary houses in the city.

We’ll meet at The Causey, on the traffic island, at the Buccleuch Street end of West Crosscauseway.

This walk is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly. Optional hot and cold drinks at Summerhall to finish off.

If you have any questions, email seeg@scottishgreens.org.uk.

If you’re interested in the post-war story of the South Side and the fight to save it, watch to this video – ‘Pull it doon’ – made in 1997 by the South Side Association:

Itinerary and further info



Saturday 20 May 2023
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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South East Edinburgh Greens (SEEG)