October Vacation Part 1 – Edinburgh

This is the first of four blog posts about our trip to Scotland with a side trip to England’s Lake District.

We arrived in Edinburgh and checked into our VRBO with a view of the Castle.  It was on the edge of the Grassmarket plaza and close to the Royal Mile.

We did a lot of walking around the city for a couple of days.  Jen took the train from Dundee and joined us on some of our excursions.  Here are some shots from those walks.

Below are the Royal Mile, Bank of Scotland, St. Giles Cathedral (with David Hume), Parliament, the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill, National Records, Balmoral Hotel, the train station, Writers’ Museum, and the Sir Walter Scott monument.

We went to the National Museum, which had a nice rooftop from which we got great views of the city.  Inside we saw Dolly the sheep.

Ted and I toured the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence.  The bedroom below is where Mary Queen of Scots lived in the 1560s.  Adjoining the palace are the remains of 12th century Holyrood Abbey.  The grounds were lovely with heather and changing leaves.

At the end of our trip we returned via the Queensferry bridge to Edinburgh to spend our last night near the airport.  Not willing to waste a moment of vacation, however, we took the tram in for a last evening in Edinburgh.  We dipped into the Scottish National Gallery, had a great dinner, and enjoyed Edinburgh at night.


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