Sunday, April 30, 2017

Edinburgh Castle

After recovering from our long distance transfer of 8 miles to Edinburgh we settled into our hotel before heading out for lunch. We were soon walking up to Princes Street and across Cockburn Street with its antiques and along the Golden Mile. The Scott memorial to Sir Walter was our first stop and then the St. Giles Cathedral.

                              Sir Walter Scott is one of Scotland's favourite sons.

                                      A famous writer in a country that has produced many!

                                                                   Inside the Cathedral.

             A special place in Edinburgh. The stained glass windows are different from most others.

Our major destination was the Castle so we went up hill on the 'Golden Mile' to the castle. On our previous visit the Tattoo had just concluded. Today we were able to wander around to the many places within the castle. It is like a village or small town with many discrete structures as opposed to the castles with a single building. It is all tucked away behind the fortifications with the banks of cannons on the various levels. There are several museums each with a focus along with a chapel, and the castle rooms.

                                                              Gail at the Castle entry.

            The museums conveyed the story with art, artefacts and multi-media presentations.

                                                             The War Memorial.

                                                              The Great Hall.

                                                     Lots of armour and weaponry.

                                  The Scottish Crown. Displayed along with The Stone of Destiny.

                                                          At the top of the castle.

                                                        Gail and the view.

                                                   We should have taken a joint selfie!

                                      Rob with Mons Meg the 15th century seige cannon.

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