Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

Today, our tour was focused on a walking tour of Edinburgh, predominantly the Royal Mile. We were fortunate to benefit from sunshine and moderately warm weather for all of the day.
We commenced with the famous castle, which is built on a volcanic plug and with recorded history dating back to the 11th century. We saw the Argyll Battery (cannons), panoramic view over Princes Street to Firth of Forth, One o’clock gun, St Margaret’s Chapel (12th century), Mons Meg Cannon, Crown Square wherein are the crown jewels of Scotland and Stone of Scone, Scottish National War Memorial and former prison.
Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle

Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Mons Meg Cannon, Edinburgh Castle

Mons Meg Cannon, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle

View of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

King's Lodging and Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle

King's Lodging and Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Inside Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle

Inside Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Next we walked down the Royal Mile to Parliament Hall which dates from 1639 and was occupied by the Scottish Parliament until union with England in 1707. Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed here. We did have lunch in a dining facility which proved much quiter than the facility provided in the castle.
Next, we visited the nearby St Giles Cathedral aka High Kirk of Edinburgh. Most of the structure dates from the late 14th and 15th centuries, albeit on a Christian site dating back to around the 9th century. St Giles has been a place of Presbyterian worship since 1688. We aklchapoel of the so viistyed theĀ  chapel of the Knights of the Thistle. incorporated within the Cathedral.
Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next we continued down the Royal Mile passing the house where protestant reformer, John Knox was born in 1513.

John Knox House, Royal Mile

John Knox House, Royal Mile, Scotland

Opposte to John Knox House is the World’s End Pub which once marked the boundary of the medieval city.

World's End Pub, Royal Mile

World's End Pub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Next we continued down the Royal Mile calling in at Canongate Kirk, a Presbyterian Church which dates from 1688. Here was recently held the wedding of the Queen’s grand-daughter.

Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile

Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Upon reaching the bottom of the Royal Mile and a quick external view of the Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyroodhouse, we slowly retraced our steps back up the Royal Mile stopping about half way for shopping and refreshment.

Finally, we returned to the hotel about 5.30pm.

 

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