Edinburgh, Things to See


Edinburgh, the other things to do...

Ok for those of you who think drinking excessive ale shouldn't be your only travel activity we did do a few other things in Edinburgh - we walked the Royal Mile, saw both the Edinburgh Castle and the Queen’s Castle, the tribute stone circle, and Sir Walter Raleigh's tribute... but the most spectacular thing for us was the hikes up to Arthur’s seat and Calton Hill...


Edinburgh I read was built on 7 mountains and we were able to walk two - yeah. The funniest thing about the hike up to Arthur’s seat was from our vantage point it was a grueling hike up... then when we got to the top, it gently flowed to the road on the back side of the mountain. As we caught our breath we had a grand laugh.


The strangest mountain we read about was the one that had been a stone quarry for many many many centuries. Stone from that quarry had built most of Edinburgh and was shipped throughout the UK... then when the stone ran out, the hole was filled and a shopping mall built on top of it. To get to the hike you must go through a super store, sign in/out with the security and then walk up the trail... Unfortunately we couldn’t fit this experience in - it sounded like a lot of fun.

Welcome to our Edinburgh capsule of time!
Welcome to our Edinburgh capsule of time!
The beautiful castle.
The beautiful castle.
How could I refuse not to take a picture of those doors?
How could I refuse not to take a picture of those doors?
They still actually make tartan fabric in Scotland - Yeah!
They still actually make tartan fabric in Scotland - Yeah!
The Scott Monument - magnificant!
The Scott Monument - magnificant!
Goofing on the streets.
Goofing on the streets.
This was quite something to experience.  We had been looking for the tribute stone circle and when we found it they were doing ceremony.
This was quite something to experience. We had been looking for the tribute stone circle and when we found it they were doing ceremony.
A beautifully dressed Scottish bag pipe player was playing inside the stone circle.  Each stone is a specific type of stone taken from each Scottish shire.
A beautifully dressed Scottish bag pipe player was playing inside the stone circle. Each stone is a specific type of stone taken from each Scottish shire.
A beautiful view of the city from the top of Calton Hill.
A beautiful view of the city from the top of Calton Hill.
One of the interesting things we found when we got to the top of the hill.
One of the interesting things we found when we got to the top of the hill.
Another incredible view of the city
Another incredible view of the city
Lawn bowl any one?
Lawn bowl any one?
How about golf?  This is the oldest in city golf course in Edinburgh.  It is a 5 hole course... with the 6th in the Pub... guess where we are?
How about golf? This is the oldest in city golf course in Edinburgh. It is a 5 hole course... with the 6th in the Pub... guess where we are?
Gary ready to run up the next hill!
Gary ready to run up the next hill!
Oops, first we have to go down to the Queen's Castle, then up to Arthur's Seat... hmmm.
Oops, first we have to go down to the Queen's Castle, then up to Arthur's Seat... hmmm.
Off we go-
Off we go-
See the two specs on the top?
See the two specs on the top?
That's all of the tour for today.  Hope you enjoyed yourselves!
That's all of the tour for today. Hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Comments 4 comments

jimmy g 6 years ago

Now that's more like it. I love Edinburgh. Nicely done on those pictures.


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GPSWorldTraveler 6 years ago from Washington State, USA Author

Me too, the city was really pretty, had lots to do and see and very nice people... what more could a person ask for?


ali in Seattle 6 years ago

Well, thank you, I did enjoy myself this morning! Your photos of that historic town are great. It does look cold, though. How many suitcases do you need for all the various temperatures you've found?

Interesting about the seven hills in Edinburgh, as in Rome and Seattle!!


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GPSWorldTraveler 6 years ago from Washington State, USA Author

Not so many suitcases as we are wearing all of our clothes :0) So many layers, a typical Seattle approach. The weather that day was rainy cold, sunny sorta warm, cold no rain, windy, sunny... repeat in all fashions. It is very interesting - the energy felt really lovely with all of those hills! Thanks for reading my post.

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