Cannons at Edinburgh Castle
The train ride out of the highlands was very pleasant. Ireland is noted for being greenâ€¦but please know Scotland must be considered a rival! The landscape is exquisite --- rolling green hills all the way. The train was also entertaining due to the woman who went up and down the aisles with her pushcart of tea and goodiesâ€¦she sold quite a lot during our leg of the trip!
What I have to share about Edinburgh is WOW and that this is one of the hippest cities I have ever visited. There is so much history, complemented by youthful vibrancy. What is also cool is that being dominated by seven large hills, it is next to impossible to get lost walking aboutâ€¦you always have easy points of reference! We departed our train at the major station downtown and walked to our nearby hotel to check our luggage since it was pre-check in time.
View of Edinburgh from roof of Camera Obscura
Unencumbered, we made for the Royal Mile, the main attraction in Edinburgh. This name refers to a street which runs from the majestic heights of Edinburgh Castle down to the royal residence of Holyroodâ€¦where Queen Elizabeth resides when visiting these environs. Our first stop was lunch at Deacon Brodyâ€™sâ€¦an excellent bar/eatery named after the actual person whom Robert Louis Stevenson based his main character upon in â€śDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydeâ€ť! I finally got to order some haggisâ€¦and our waitress was impressed that I requested some tabasco to douse the concoction!
Next stop was checking out the famed Edinburgh Castleâ€¦a must see. Having an ancient fortress perched atop a bustling city is incredible enough, but the history is fascinating too. We werenâ€™t in town when they have the nightly military parades (â€śtattoosâ€ť) which are acclaimed as phenomenal, but enjoyed the site nonetheless.
We departed this exceptional tour keen to dive further into Edinburgh and checked out the Camera Obscura. You might be familiar with this centuries old device that enables great viewsâ€¦but it is a quality exhibit we did not regret and thoroughly enjoyed the visions of downtown Edinburgh.
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A delightful two-story pub/eatery on the Royal Mile with an intriguing background. Deacon Brody was apparently a real life character who s… read entire review