For ever and aye till the World’s End’

– Sydney Goodsir Smith
 

This line concludes the 1964 poem “Kynd Kittock’s Land” by Sydney Goodsir Smith, a major influence in the Scottish literary renaissance of the mid-20th century. The World’s End is so-named for its location along the premises of the old city walls, which quite literally marked the end of the world for most Edinburgh residents until the 17th century.

 

 

 

Just outside the pub you will find brass cobbles which mark the point of entry to the Netherbow Port, the gate into and out of Edinburgh which was demolished in 1764.