Beautiful Street in Ireland Dubbed "Instagram Alley" Faces Backlash from Locals

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 24, 2024 15:30 PMNews
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Circus Lane in Edinburgh became an Instagram location
Circus Lane in Edinburgh became an Instagram location. Source: Photo by micheile henderson on Unsplash

Once a hidden gem, Circus Lane in Edinburgh has become an Instagram sensation, drawing hordes of influencers to its picturesque Georgian terraces, adorned with hanging baskets and a quaint church.

Originally, these mews housed stables and servants' quarters for the wealthy residents of Royal Circus. Today, they've been transformed into garages, adding to the lane's historical charm.

What was once a quiet, cobblestone street has now become a magnet for social media influencers seeking the perfect photo opportunity. This surge in popularity has transformed Circus Lane into one of the most photographed spots in Scotland's capital, much to the frustration of local residents.

Named one of the world's most beautiful streets in 2022, Circus Lane's newfound fame has led to an influx of global visitors, exacerbating concerns among locals about the impact of mass tourism.

Residents report a significant increase in foot traffic since around 2018, attributing the rise to the street's popularity on platforms like Instagram. Fiona, a local resident, expressed mixed feelings: "That’s fine, most people just enjoy it. But some abuse it and pick flowers for their photographs. The other day I picked up about 20 cigarette ends and wrappers."

Visitors range from wedding photographers to casual tourists, and some even use the lane for illegal racing, causing further distress to homeowners.

The desirability of living on Circus Lane comes at a steep price, with mews houses fetching up to £1.5 million for four bedrooms and around £585,000 for two bedrooms. Airbnb listings in the area charge between £560 and £640 per night for entire properties, reflecting the high demand among tourists seeking an authentic Edinburgh experience.

As the debate over tourism's impact intensifies, locals are grappling with how best to preserve the charm of Circus Lane while accommodating the growing influx of visitors attracted by its undeniable beauty and Instagram fame.

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