Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.Irving Wallace
Few cities compare in beauty with Edinburgh. We have been twice now to Edinburgh and simply love it just for the reason that it’s far more serene and peaceful than London. Surrounded by hills and with a prominent castle at its centre, this city marks the heart of Scottish culture.
As with any other cities, we started our trip on foot. Edinburgh is divided into the old and new towns having their own character but just a stone’s throw away. The old town has preserved much of its medieval street plan and many reformation-era buildings. It is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city’s history.
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without visiting the Edinburgh Castle which perches on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano. Dominating the city’s skyline the castle is the most visited attraction in Scotland and has been witness to many historical conflicts including the Scottish war of independence and Jacobite rising.
Edinburgh castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, and the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
A 20 minute bus ride and we were at the Royal Yacht of Britannia. The Royal Yacht was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles. It was decommissioned in 1997 and it now attracts a lot of people in the port of Leith, Edinburgh. It was really a pleasure to see how the upper half live – The Royal style. It now tops as one of UK’s best evening event venues. A retired Rolls Royce Phantom, Queens’s bedroom, State dining and drawing room line its five majestic decks.
No trip to Scotland without having to relate it to Whisky. The Scotch Whisky Experience tells the tale of Scotland’s national drink with high-tech exhibits and a barrel ride. The tour begins with a slow ride in a whiskey barrel that takes you on the journey of how Scotch whiskey is made. After that you sit in a room on benches with a colour coded sheet of paper that gives you four selections of different regions where their whiskey is made. You scratch n’ sniff all of them and then choose which one to sample. You get to keep the whiskey tasting glass as well. It also houses the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky!
We did visit a Whisky Distillery during our second trip to Scotland – Read here
There are quite few notable attractions in Scotland including St Giles Cathedral – the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse – official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Dynamic earth and many more. You can take a hop on – hop off bus to enjoy more of the city.
Edinburgh remains close to our hearts as Mom and dad thoroughly enjoyed and loved this city.
More flavours of Edinburgh –
Our Full Scotland exploration can be found here – Click here
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