This morning, we departed our lodgings in Dunfermline and travelled a short distance across the Firth of Forth (estuary) with new road bridge under construction to the west and views of 1890s rail bridge to east. We then drove down to the ancient village of South Queensferry for more views of the bridges and photos.

After departing South Queensferry we drove to our lodgings in south Edinburgh parted with car and luggage and took a short trip into the city by bus.

On arrival on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile we proceeded with visits to the following sites:

  • Edinburgh Castle which, in context of good visibility, provided a platform for excellent views (and photo opps) over Edinburgh and Firth of Forth. Within the castle we visited the key aspects which included Mons Meg (cannon), One o’Clock Gun, St Margaret’s Chapel, Crown Jewels, Great Hall and Prison. We availed of lunch here.
  • Old Scottish Parliament Building, which is now occupied by the legal profession.
  • Sites along the Royal Mile including World’s End and Chessels Court.
  • New Scottish Parliament
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse.

All of the above was undertaken on foot in mainly dry weather but subject to unusually low seasonal temperatures of around 4 to 5 degrees centigrade.

We returned to our lodgings late afternoon and dined out locally in the evening close to Edinburgh Central Mosque.

Tomorrow, guests depart Edinburgh by rail at conclusion of Scotland tour.

Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Tour Group at Edinburgh Castle

View from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Central Mosque

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