Lindsay Road, Leith
View from the top floor
of Fort House
© Andrew Shortel,
Thank you to
Andrew, Shortel for allowing me to reproduce the photograph above
of Cairngorm House and Grampian House, together known as Leith
Fort Towers. This photo was taken from the top floor of Fort
Here is a view looking in the opposite direction, from one of
the upper floors in Cairngorm House or Grampian House, looking
down on Fort House
and Grampian House were situated in Lindsay Road, across the
road from Caledonian Railway's Leith North Station, about half a
mile to the east of Newhaven Harbour.
The view to the
north from Cairngorm House and Grampian House looked over Leith
This view to the south, looked
down on Fort House.
The towers, were each 59 meters high with 22 floors, were
completed in 1962-63 and used until the residents were re-housed
in the early 1990s. The towers were demolished in 1997 and have
now been replaced by apartments, 7 storeys high.
I don't know which year this photo was taken.
Please click on
the thumbnail image below to see a photograph of Cairngorm House
and Grampian House under construction, taken by Andrew Shortel's
father, Drew, and to read recollections of living there.
who used to live in Cairngorm House, tells me he heard that
Cairngorm House and Grampian House were meant to be facing onto
the main road, i.e. that the front rooms were supposed to be
facing north towards the Firth of Forth, but construction was
already underway before somebody twigged!
Andrew does not
know whether this was just a local story or whether it is true!
Andrew Shortel, Newhaven,
Edinburgh: May 27, 2007