This view looks to the west along the Cowgate. The
site that has been cleared in this picture is where the Gilded Balloon and
other buildings were
destroyed by fire in December 2002.
The photograph above was taken from South Bridge,
looking down on the site in June 2003, shortly after the demolition work
was completed and the Cowgate was re-opened to traffic.
Despite the high facade of the building having fallen
shortly after the fire, the arches at pavement level survived. The
top of the arches can just be seen stretching from above the 'Dalton
Demolition sign to the upper-right corner of the picture.