Organ at St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland


This morning, our tour group departed Glasgow about 0930 and then travelled east for about 75 mins to Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh. Here our focus was on architecture, centering on and around the Royal Mile.

We commenced the tour close to the castle entrance and the moved dow the Royal Mile, first visiting St. Giles Cathedral with its famous Thistle Chapel and then the nearby Parliament Hall, former home of the Scottish Parliament which disbanded in 1707 and is now occupied by the legal profession.


Ceiling of Thistle Chapel, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh


Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh


Next we continued dow the Royal Mile past John Knox’s House and the World’s End Pub. Then, down Canongate past the Tolbooth and other interesting architecture with some examples dating from the 16th century.


Canongate Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland


Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh, Scotland

At bottom of the Royal Mile we viewed the new Scottish Parliament Building, dating from 2004 and the Palace of Holyroodhouse which dates from the 17th century. The latter being the Royal Family’s official residence in Edinburgh.


Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland


Next, we took a bus to George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town where we visited the Dome and St. Andrew’s Church. Latter dating from 1785.


Inside St. Andrew’s Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next, we visited Princes Street and the Scott Monument.


Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh


At conclusion of the tour we re-grouped at the Parliament Building for transfer to Edinburgh Airport at conclusion of tour.