Panorama taken from the northern side of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. The picture overlooks the gardens with the Royal Scots Grey Statue nearby and Edinburgh Castle visible on the far side. The path here runs just below Princes Street itself.
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The Royal Scots Greys monument in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, shows a mounted soldier from the Royal Scots Greys Regiment. The regiment was founded in 1678 and existed until 1971 when combined with another regiment to form the The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
This was a heavy cavalry regiment, the only one to wear bearskins. They were called the Greys after the grey horses they rode. The Royal Scots Greys distinguished themselves in many battles, but most famously in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815 when a successful charge decimated part of the French forces and captured the eagle of the French 45th Ligne. The regiment then came under counter attack by French Lancers losing 122 men and 228 horses (over 50%) on the day.
The monument stands on a high level in Princes Street Gardens with good views over the park to Edinburgh Castle. The gardens are very close to Waverley Station and the Tourist Information Centre and top Edinburgh hotels. Every day the One O'clock gun, fired from Edinburgh Castle, can be heard in the park below.
Within the park is also the Ross Fountain, a Grade B listed fountain.Nearby are the churches of St. John's and St. Cuthbert's, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy and Scott Monument.
Bus: 24 to Princes Street.
Walk: 2 minutes from Waverley Station and the Tourist Information Centre.