Three girls sledging on the Braid Hills in 1964.
Three girls sledging on the Braid Hills in 1964.

Edinburgh in the snow: These 26 pictures from the 1950s and 1960s show people enjoying festive weather in the Capital

Bookies have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year – and the people of Edinburgh certainly enjoyed themselves when wintry conditions hit over half a century ago.

Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 10:28 am

Edinburgh is a stunning city at the best of times, but add a covering of snow and it becomes a real winter wonderland.

Grassy hills become sledge runs, ponds turn into ice rinks, and fairytale buildings like Edinburgh Castle look like they have an extra-magical dusting of pure white icing sugar.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s winters in Scotland were colder than they are today, and snowdays were far more common.

Here are 26 fascinating pictures from over 50 years ago showing festive weather in the Capital.

Read more:

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

Page 1 of 7