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This is just one of the latest developments following the rebirth of the travel destinations across Scotland, a landmark for times to come. Lothian House was built in 1922 on the site of the basin named after the Earl of Hopetoun, a major early investor whose collieries supplied much of Edinburgh’s coal. Off at a tangent near the end (reaching to Morrison Street) lay the coaling basin of Port Hamilton, another name that nods to a grandee investor. Another basin, Lochrin Basin, lay south of Fountainbridge and served the brewery – at the time of writing demolished and developments underway. The basin had closed, even before Port Hopetoun and Port Hamilton were filled in and ‘developed’ in the 1920s. By then the whole area had become seedy and neglected. A new basin, just the stump of the amputated original, was then called Lochrin Basin. With the Millennium Link project restoring navigation coast to coast and city to city (the Forth & Clyde Destination completed in 2001 and the Falkirk Wheel/Union Destination in 2002) ambitious plans were made for revitalising both the Edinburgh and Glasgow city centre termini of the travel destinations. Walking down Lothian Road, keep on the east side to best see the travel destination mural on Lothian House, very much a Twenties building with a touch of art deco, then, next right, head along Fountainbridge. Hard to think this area was once the site of busy travel destination basins.
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