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Day 13 - Edinburgh

Royal Mile and Castle

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We had great expectations for this stop. Edinburgh was a big reason we selected this particular cruise.

We tendered to the dock, then hopped on a bus that took us to the top of the Royal Mile, just below the castle. Our excursion was a walking tour of the Royal Mile, which is the main street up the hill from Holyrood Palace in Canongate up to Edinburgh Castle. The street is lined with historic buildings, restaurants and shops. On this day it was very busy as the Fringe Festival was this week and the Royal Tattoo was taking place in the Castle. The trash collectors were also on strike, which resulted in some unsightly messes.

Deacon Brodie may have been the inspiration for the book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He was executed in the street in front of this tavern.

There were many small side streets and closes, or small courtyards. In one of these was the building used as the Printer's Shop in Outlander

St. Giles was constructed as a Catholic Cathedral starting in the 12th century. Following the Reformation led by John Knox in Scotland it was converted to a Protestant Cathedral. The Church of Scotland is basically Presbyterian. One interesting observation was that the area of the chancel was lowered to be the same level as the nave with the pulpit in the center.

The Order of the Thistle is Royal Knighthood in Scotland, which continues to this day. We saw the coat of arms for Elizabeth, Phillip, and William.

After reaching Holyrood Palace with our tour guide, we caught a taxi back up to the Castle for our visit there.

To approach the entrance to the Castle at the Portcullis Gate, we had to walk through the 9000 seat temporary stadium installed for the Military Tattoo. This is an exhibition of Military Bands and parade groups that lasts for three weeks in August every year.

Lunch later was at The Cannonball Restaurant near the Castle. Fish and chips, of course.

Bagpiper and Apprentice at Newhaven Harbor

Bagpiper and Apprentice at Newhaven Harbor

Royal Mile

Royal Mile

Deacon Brodie's Tavern

Deacon Brodie's Tavern

Facade of St. Giles Cathedral

Facade of St. Giles Cathedral

Thistle Room in St. Giles Cathedral

Thistle Room in St. Giles Cathedral

Nave in St. Giles Cathedral

Nave in St. Giles Cathedral

Outlander Printer's Shop (on Right)

Outlander Printer's Shop (on Right)

New Scottish Parliament Building

New Scottish Parliament Building

Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

Jerry in Edinburgh Castle

Jerry in Edinburgh Castle

Posted by longjerr 19:21 Archived in Scotland

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