Tour Guests at Edinburgh Castle

This morning we departed from the Balmoral Hotel, princes Street, Edinburgh and walked round to York Place where we viewed the Conan Doyle Pub and statue of famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born (near York Place) and educated at Edinburgh University.

Sherlock Holmes Statue, York Place, Edinburgh

Conan Doyle Pub, York Place, Edinburgh

Next we retraced our steps and connected with the Royal Mile, initially walking up to Edinburgh Castle where we toured all key aspects including Scottish Crown Jewels, Great Hall, Prison, St Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg Cannon and the One o’Clock Gun.The castle proved a superb vantage point to view the City of Edinburgh, Calton Hill and Firth of Forth.

Video clip of Edinburgh and Firth of Forth from Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

St Margatret’s Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

One O’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle

Next, we walked down the Royal Mile turning right at  George IV Bridge to visit the Elephant House Cafe and statue of Greyfriars Bobby ( a dog). Elephant House has connections with ‘Harry Potter’ and author, J.K. Rowling.

Elephant House Cafe, Edinburgh

We then returned to the Royal Mile and re-commenced our downward journey taking in:

  • St Giles Cathedral.
  • Thistle Chapel
  • Old Scottish Parliament (We had lunch here)
  • Mercat Cross.

Recital inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Video clip of Thistle Chapel

Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next we continued down past many shops and John Knox’s House to World’s End Pub which marks the boundary of the old, medieval city.

World’s End Pub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Next, we continued down the lower section of the Royal Mile to Palace of Holyroodhouse and the (new) Scottish Parliament but visited neither. Instead, we took a cab up to the Royal High School and then walked up Calton Hill ( aka ‘Athens of the North’) to view the various monuments and buildings plus views of Leith and Edinburgh New Town.

Nelson’s Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

National Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Observatories on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Leith and Firth of Forth, Scotland

Finally, we returned to the Balmoral Hotel and fond farewells at conclusion of an extended tour of Scotland.

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