A Scottish Adventure: Edinburgh

I am writing this my first night in Edinburgh. WOW! What a wonderful city! The look of the city is dramatic and yet it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Edinburgh has a more casual feeling than London, yet there is still a strong sense of history and tradition.  The Royal Mile is the main drag in the Old Town.  Edinburgh is built on a volcanic ridge with Edinburgh Castle at the top end and Holyroodhouse  Palace at the other end.   

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The Royal Mile 

 

All along The Royal Mile are great buildings, historic monuments, souvenir shops and street performers.  This all creates a great atmosphere! 

 A bagpiper on The Royal Mile.

A bagpiper on The Royal Mile.

You can easily escape The Royal Mile by ducking down some of the narrow alleyways “close” and exploring hidden courtyards. 

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A “Close” 

 

 The Close led me to this great courtyard

The Close led me to this great courtyard

I started on my adventure at Holyroodhouse Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth in Scotland.  It was a wonderful sight dating back to the 1100’s and still in use. There are no photos allowed inside, but the exterior was impressive and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and the surrounding gardens were very nice. 

 The facade of Holyroodhouse Palace     

The facade of Holyroodhouse Palace  

 

 The courtyard

The courtyard

The Ruins of Holyrood Abbey were fascinating and was a great feature of the tour. 

 

 Ruins of Holyroodhouse Abbey

Ruins of Holyroodhouse Abbey

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The Ruins of Holyrood Abbey.

 

 

 View from Holyroodhouse Palace gardens of Arthur’s Seat.   

View from Holyroodhouse Palace gardens of Arthur’s Seat.

 

Edinburgh is proving to be a wonderful city, that I will explore more of in the next few days. Can’t wait to see more, especially touring Edinburgh Castle!

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Happy Travels from Roaming Rich!

Richard Fletcher