Learned Counsel with Tour Group at Old Parliament, Edinburgh

This morning, the tour group departed from Crown Plaza Hotel on Glasgow’s Waterfront and transferred by tour bus to Edinburgh, with journey taking about 90 minutes.

Crown Plaza, Glasgow

River Clyde Waterfront, Glasgow, Scotland

Our first stop at Edinburgh was Palace of Holyroodhouse which mainly dates from the 17th century. This is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Guests toured the building adjacent to which are the ruins of a 12th century abbey.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next, we transported up to Edinburgh Castle which sits atop the Royal Mile. This comprises a range of buildings dating from the 12th century through to the 20th century. The day was hot and the Castle was full of visitors. Good visibility afforded excellent views of Edinburgh and Firth of Forth (bay). Our arrival coincided with firing of the One o’Clock Gun, a long-standing tradition which has its origins in assisting navigation for ships in the Port of Leith, adjacent to Edinburgh. We visited the Crown Jewels and Great Hall both of which are in Crown Square.

Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Crown Square at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

One o’ Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Crowds waiting for One o’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle

Next, we had lunch outside overlooking the Firth of Forth and then embarked on a short walk down the Royal Mile to the ‘Old Parliament’ which is known as Parliament Hall and High Court of Justiciary. These buildings are occupied by the Scottish legal profession and our group had benefit of a talk from a bewigged Senior Counsel.

Tour Group with Senior Counsel at Parliament Hall, Edinburgh

Next, we continued down the Royal Mile which was full of visitors and acts providing ‘tasters’ of events taking place in context of theĀ Edinburgh Fringe cultural festival.

Promoting Edinburgh Fringe on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Edinburgh Fringe Performer on Royal Mile

We arrive at foot of the Royal Mile, outside the new Scottish Parliament at about 4.20 pm and were then transferred to Ocean Terminal in Leith where guests toured the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now a visitor attraction.

Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith, Scotland

After an evening meal at Ocean Terminal guests were transferred back to the castle to attend a performance of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

After the Tattoo event, guests were transported back to their hotel in Glasgow.

Tomorrow, the group tours various faith-based sites in Glasgow.

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