Storming the Castle, A Georgian House and Greyfriers Bobby
Another beautiful day in Edinburgh. The sun was shining bright as I woke much later than usual. I woke up at 9AM, I guess walking over 20 miles since I arrived has caught up to me! I was out on the Royal Mile by 10 and made my way uphill to Edinburgh Castle. There were many tour groups there, but thanks to my Explorer Pass I could walk right in! There were crowds, but not overly crowded, the only line up was to see the “Honors of Scotland “. - the Scottish Crown Jewels. Edinburgh Castle has undergone many changes and it’s interesting to see all of the facets put on display. You get to see everything from an 1100s chapel to fortifications from 1700 and 1800s. You truly get a sense of Scottish history there and with buildings such as the Scottish War Memorial, you see what Edinburgh Castle means to the Scots today.
The Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle.
I worked my way back to the Esplanade and down The Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, the main church for Edinburgh. It was a nice gothic cathedral to take a walk around. So much of the cathedral was stripped of its grand decoration during the reformation....John Knox led the way, he is currently buried under what is a parking space outside the cathedral!
I worked my way downhill from The Royal Mile into New Town, Edinburgh. I walked along Princes Street along Princes Gardens and got some great views of Edinburgh Castle high up on Its Hill. My destination in New Town was The Georgian House Museum on Charlotte Square. New Town was developed in the 1700s to expand the city beyond its medieval center. The streets are laid out in a grid with some main wide streets ( Princes and George Streets). Charlotte Square was designed by the renowned architect Robert Adam, town house around Number 6 Charlotte Square is now a museum. I was greeted by some enthusiastic young workers who helped me sign up for my National Trust for Scotland membership that I will use when castle hopping next week! The House was presented well, you walk into a Jane Austen era world where you can even try on the clothes!
I strolled back to my hotel and took a short cat nap. I got myself back up and out to find Greyfriers Bobby. Greyfriers Bobby is a statue of a dog next to Greyfriers Kirk and cemetery. Greyfriers Bobby remained by his owners grave for 14 years. His story of loyalty was an inspiration to Victorian Edinburgh. The statue was fun, but the cemetery was amazing with many a crumbing mausoleum and monument. I followed up my visit with a delicious dinner at the Greyfriers Bobby Pub!
Another great day in Edinburgh comes to an end. Tomorrow I am off to St. Andrews and Fife.
Time for bed.