Today, we focused on a walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and a city well endowed with history and heritage. Weather was tolerable, being dry but overcast.

First we called at the famous Castle which dominates the city sitting atop an ancient volcanic plug. Here we visited the key aspects including One o’Clock Gun, Mons Meg Cannon,St Margaret’s Chapel, Crown Jewels, Great Hall and prison.

Inside Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle

Crown Square, Edinburgh Castle

Firth of Forth from Edinburgh Castle

Inside prison at Edinburgh Castle

One O’Clock Gun.

Next, we walked down the Royal Mile calling first at the Old Parliament building where the Scottish Parliament met until merger with England in 1707. A fine interior which is now occupied by the Scottish legal profession. No photographs, however.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next, a brief visit to St Giles’ Cathedral where choral practice was in process.

Inside St Giles’ Cathedral

Inside St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

Next, on down the Royal Mile past World’s End which was the old, medieval city boundary, to Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, both of which sit at the foot of  the famous street.

After a light lunch we walked up to Calton Hill on which sits many old and important buildings and which offers superb views of Edinburgh city and the Firth of Forth.

View of Firth of Forth from Calton Hill

View of city from Calton Hill

View of city from Calton Hill

Finally, we returned to the Royal Mile where guests visited the attraction known as Mary King’s Close.