After getting caffeinated, I walked from Waverley station over to the Royal Mile, down toward Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, over to Holyrood Park and the base of Arthur's Seat. It was a nice day and dozens of others had a similar idea. It was a steep walk at times, but certainly worth the panoramic views of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas from the top. I think it is about a 1.5 mile walk up. Trainspotting fans: I did not see Spuds and Renton. I could have stayed a while at the top, but I had other sights to see.
|See the little people in the top right? That is my destination.|
|Looking back down into the city.|
|A little farther up.|
|The people on top are getting bigger.|
Here are some photos from our visit to Holyrood last year, including the reverse view.
|The three bridges over the Firth of Forth.|
|Edinburgh Castle with the stadium for the Tattoo still standing.|
Here also are photos from the Tattoo last year; not many from the castle because of the heavy rain during our visit.
|Busy at the top.|
|Looking toward Leith.|
|Bass Rock in the far distance.|
|On my way down the other side.|
Leaving Holyrood park, I passed Duddingston Loch and Bird Sanctuary.
I next headed further east to Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh's other castle. Great castle! It has been abandoned and ruined, but many rooms and floors and stairwells are still intact. I could easily imagine what it must have been like a few hundred years ago. There were great views from the top and I enjoyed walking along the walls on the higher levels.
|"P" shaped fish pond (for Preston).|
|I loved the two trees growing in the courtyard.|
|I was impressed by the fireplace.|
|Looking back at Arthur's seat.|
Next, it was time to walk back into the city center--about three miles--for two quick stops before grabbing a late lunch. I had read about the Monymusk Reliquary in my book on Scottish history and wanted to see it in person. It may have held a bone of Saint Columba and it was carried by the Scottish army at the Battle of Bannockburn. It is on display at The National Museum of Scotland.
|It was tiny!|
Next, I was finally in the right place at the right time to see The Monarch of the Glen! Long story. The short version is that I have had a print for years, initially not knowing it was a famous Scottish painting, and I wanted to see the original which is now on display at The Scottish National Gallery.
Side note: I love that these major museums are free to visit.
Whew! After nearly ten miles of walking, I feel I earned my Five Guys burger and Coke. It was delish!
After one quick visit and purchase at Edinburgh Gin, I was back on the train and into Fife. It was another great day in one of my favorite cities.