In 1767 Scottish architect James Craig set out a plan for Edinburgh's 'New Town'. He developed a simple grid design based around three parallel streets - Princess Street, George Street and Queen Street.
Princes Street (or High Street) divides Edinburgh's Old Town and the New Town, a fact that is emphasised by the lack of buildings on the old town side and a bustling commercial centre on the new town site.
At almost a mile in length, Princes Street is Edinburgh's main and most famous shopping street and a good place for any would be shopper should head for. In addition to most of the usual High Street shopping outlets, there is the famous Jenners department store, a classic local shopping destination offering upmarket scottish clothing and with a traditional food hall.
Apart from the shops, Princes Street is also home to the impressive Scott Monument, which commemorates the life of the Edinburgh born writer Sir Walter Scott. Plus there are the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, in which it stands. Ideal for a shopping break.
In addition, Princes Street offers some of the best views of the Castle in the whole of Edinburgh. However, don't expect too much from the architecture of Princes Street; it is a notorious mish-mash of clashing architectural styles, not highly regarded by lovers of architecture.