A present from the City of Edinburgh to itself, all gift-wrapped for Christmas - new litter bins. The Grassmarket area, tucked under the great bulk of Edinburgh Castle, is a popular area for revellers at all times of the year. It's lined with pubs, restaurants and interesting shops, and has been undergoing a makeover since the summer. I took this photo a few weeks ago, and I imagine that the litter bins will be in full use by now.
The Grassmarket has a fairly lively history. Originally the site of cattle fairs in the 14th century, it later housed the city's gallows. Today it's still lively, but with French open-air markets replacing the cattle, and evening crowds enjoying the live music and real ales rather than any more grisly entertainment.