Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

 
This evening, I am focusing on a selection of the key visitor sites in Edinburgh, capital of Scotland.
 
We start with Edinburgh Castle  which has a long history dating back to the 11th century. There is much to see here including Mons Meg Cannon, the National Memorial and the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Great views from the  battlements as per image no 3. Allow about 90 mins.
 
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
 
Here is a panoramic view of Edinburgh taken from the Castle and which includes Waverley Station, the Balmoral Hotel, Calton Hill skyline, the Scott Monument and Firth of Forth (bay).
 
Edinburgh Panorama
Edinburgh Panorama, Scotland
 
 
 
Here is a view of the Royal Mile  which runs from the Castle at top to Palace of Holyroodhouse at bottom. Very busy in the summer tourist season.
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
 
Here is St. Giles Cathedral which is technically no longer a cathedral as is now part of the Presbyterian Church.The current building mainly dates from the 14th century albeit on a site being place of Christian worship since the 9th century.
 
St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
 
Here is John Knox House, home of the 16th churchman who converted from Catholicism to play a major role in the Reformation. Knox was the first minister at St. Giles.The property is open to visitors.
 
 
John Knox House, Edinburgh

John Knox House, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
 
Here is the World’s End Pub so named because it is located on the boundary of old  Edinburgh. In medieval times residents would rarely venture past the city boundaries and hence the name ‘World’s End’.
World's End Pub, Edinburgh

World's End Pub, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
 
Here is the new Scottish Parliament building  which opened in 2004 to house the newly devolved Scottish Parliament. The design is considered controversial by some. Visitors can enter the interior and watch debates in progress. 
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
Here is the Palace of Holyroodhouse which is located opposite the Parliament building. It is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Most of the building dates from the 17th century. Open to visitors during most of the year.
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
Here is the National Monument which forms part of the Calton Hill skyline. The site offers superb views of Edinburgh City, Leith, the Firth of Forth and across the weater to the Fife Coast.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
Here is the Royal Scottish Academy, home to collections of contemporary art. The building itself is of architectural merit.
 
 
Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow

Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow, Scotland

 
 
Here is the Scott Monument which dates from 1844. Erected in memory of famous Scottish romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott.
Scott Monument, Edinburgh

Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Scotland

 
Here is the Royal Yacht Britannia , moored at Leith (about 10 mins from Edinburgh). This is a now retired mini-cruise ship dating from the 1950s and  formerly used by the British Royal Family.
 
 
Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith

Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith, Scotland

 
Clearly, Edinburgh has much to offer the visitor. Consider the foregoing as a sample.
 
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