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Wild West Town in… Edinburgh???

Edinburgh; a city of castles, cobblestones, tartan, bagpipes and… err… the wild west? Yep, that’s right, Edinburgh has a wild west.

Well, sort of.

Tucked away down an alley off Morningside Road in Edinburgh’s south west, you’ll find the remnants of a Wild West facade built in the mid-1990’s by a resident furniture store owner. It’s a bit run down now, but if you’re in the area anyway, it’s definitely worth a quick look.

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The alley is today home to a couple of garages and repair shops, so if you go during the week to snap away and play tourist, be aware you might see bemused looks from local mechanics and their customers.

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As the Old Cantina door is actually the fire escape for the Morningside library, I for one would love to be in the alley during a fire drill and watch everyone coming out wondering if they’ve gone through a time machine and landed in mid-west USA.

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Now I have to reiterate – this is only an ‘if you’re in the area anyway‘ kind of attraction, or if you’re obsessed with the Wild West I guess. It’s merely a bit of a novelty and not something widely known about Edinburgh, so the most you should expect from it is that you could perhaps amaze your friends and relatives with your super secret knowledge when you get back home. So if you find yourself in Morningside or even nearby Bruntsfield and you’ve got a few minutes to kill, go on, go for a wander and have a squiz.

Stuff to Know:

Finding the Wild West Street –

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Turn into Springvalley Gardens from Morningside Road, then look for these signs at the start of an alley on your right.

 

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From Springvalley Gardens you’ll be able to see the facades like this. Head on through and have a look.

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