After a traditional Scottish breakfast of eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, potato scone (which was surprisingly a lot like lefse), and vegetarian haggis (quite delicious, actually) we took off on foot to explore Edinburgh. We walked uphill to Edinburgh Castle, which is very close, right in the center of the city. As you can see here, it was a beautiful, sunny day, although quite cold. Definitely a day for wearing coats:
The castle is huge, and we saw a good portion of it, including the Crown Jewels of Scotland. We took an informative, entertaining guided tour, and also had audio guides with headphones. There was a very interesting demonstration of weaponry (swords, armor, chainmail and such).
Here is Dave in the castle’s prison:
There are cannons throughout the castle, but one has a name, Mons Meg. It is next to St. Margaret’s chapel (the oldest part of the castle), and nearby is David’s Tower:
After several hours at the castle, we walked downhill from there, along the Royal Mile. It is packed with shops carrying everything Scottish, and lots more:
Part way down we had lunch at a pub called the Royal Mile Tavern – Dave had Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (turnips and potatoes):
We had dinner at Conan Doyle Pub, on the corner by our hotel, a very cozy traditional Scottish pub. Our visit to Edinburgh was too short – we both loved it and would like to come back, but we packed in a lot and enjoyed every minute!