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Elie Beach, Fife, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Edinburgh and drove north to South Queensferry to view two famous  bridges, namely the Forth Rail Bridge ( 1890s) and Forth Road Bridge (1960s). There is also a new road bridge under construction.

Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Next, we travelled across the Forth Road Bridge, which provided views of new aircraft carriers under construction, and then to the Fife Coast which borders the Firth of Forth. Along this coast we called in at:

  • Lower Largo, which has connections with Robinson Crusoe via ‘real world’ role model Alexander Selkirk.
  • Elie, with its extensive sandy beach and water activities.
  • St Monans and its famous church.
  • Pittenweem, with active fishing harbour.
  • Anstruther,where we stopped for lunch at the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.
  • Crail, with its picturesque harbour.
  • St Andrews,where we stopped for souvenir shopping and to visit the Old Course and St Andrews Links Club House.

Firth of Forth from Lower Largo, Scotland

Alexander Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo

Lower Largo, fife, Scotland

Video clip of Elie beach and harbour.

St Monans Church, Fife

Crail Harbour, Fife, Scotland

St Andrews town centre, Scotland

St Andrews Golf Links

After concluding the coastal tour we drove north for about three hours, through Highland Perthshire and the Scottish Highlands to our destination of Inverness where we checked into our lodgings for the night.

Tomorrow, we visit important sites close to Inverness and then travel down the Great Glen to Fort William.

Promoting Edinburgh Fringe on Royal Mile, Edinburgh

This morning, we departed our lodgings in South Edinburgh, caught the bus into Edinburgh City Centre and then walked up the top quarter of the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Here we visited all the key aspects including Mons Meg (cannon), St Margaret’s Chapel, Crown Square, Crown Jewels and Prison.Benefiting from the sunshine we enjoyed excellent views over the City of Edinburgh and Firth of Forth beyond.

Next, we strolled down the Royal Mile looking at the many tourist shops and connecting with the many and varied acts promoting events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which ends tomorrow.

After lunch on the Royal Mile we continued down to Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Here we caught the city tour bus which took us around key sites in both the Old Town and New Town.

After the bus tour we returned to our lodgings in readiness for an evening dinner.

Tomorrow we visit Fife and Inverness.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh and Firth of Forth, Scotland

Mons Meg, 15th century cannon at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh and Firth of Forth from Edinburgh Castle

Crown Square, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

John Knox House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe promotion on Royal Mile

George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Castle Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Scotland

Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Robert Burns Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Ayr, Scotland and drove north-east to Edinburgh. this leg took about two hours in sunny weather.

Our first stop was the Rosslyn Chapel which dates from the 15th century and has become famous consequent upon featuring in the Da Vinci Code ( book and film). The Chapel took forty years to complete using a cadre of the best stone masons of the day under sponsorship of the Sinclair family who home was a castle located nearby. The Chapel is full of high quality carvings including the famous Apprentice Pillar.

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Our arrival at Rosslyn coincided with an interesting and well presented talk on topic of the medieval knight, his armour and weaponry.

Next, we moved on through Edinburgh to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Inverleith, about one mile from the city centre.This facility was established in 1820 and extends to 70 acres. It is a world-class botanic garden which is home to nearly 15000 species.The many features include:

  • Alpine House
  • Arboretum
  • Chinese Hillside
  • Glasshouses
  • Herbaceous Border
  • Native Woodland
  • Rock Garden.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

Monkey Puzzle Tree at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Upon concluding our visit to the botanic garden we drove across Edinburgh and checked into our lodgings for the night. Next we had a meal in a local pub and then attended a performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015

Royal Edinburgh Mliitary Tattoo 2015

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015