The Long Long Journey to the Castle

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Scott's Monument

On our third day in Edinburgh, the skies finally cleared up. Yay!

We started our day with breakfast at McDonalds which became our daily morning routine. With all the uphill and downhill walks we had to do, we needed all the energy we can get.

Our target for that day was to explore Edinburgh Castle. Getting there wasn't easy because there were many distractions along the way.

Apparently, Edinburgh was even more beautiful with blue skies!  We took hundreds of pictures of Scott's Monument and the Balmoral Hotel. 

We took pictures with the street busker wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipe.

Balmoral Hotel
I never found out the answer to the question "what's under the kilt?" because I did not want to harass the old man. :) 

As we walked further down Princes Street, we found this stunningly beautiful park at the bottom of the Edinburgh Castle. We took the craziest pictures. People there won't remember us anyway.:p

And then we started our long trek up to the castle.  There was actually a trail beside the castle where you can get breathtaking views of the city (and breathtaking because you literally need to catch your breath on the way up).

We had to queue for about 20 minutes to get our tickets but it was worth the wait. The Castle was beautiful.  We were there during the firing of the gun at one o'clock. 

There was also a free guided tour which I enjoyed listening to because the guide's accent reminded me of Gerry Butler's.

The pretty park below the Edinburgh Castle
:p  I learned so much about the castle's interesting history.

There was even a wedding in the chapel while we were there.  It was the perfect setting - rustic, elegant, and romantic. I would give anything to get married there!

We visited the War Museum, the Prisons, the Great Hall, saw the Crowned Jewels and took hundreds of pictures along the way.

It was almost 5 pm when we left the castle. My feet were dead tired!  But that didn't stop us from going inside every souvenir shop we saw. I loved those little musical bagpipe magnets and I was perpetually searching for the perfect tartan pattern.  (There were even Burberry tartans)

We headed back to the hotel and rested before going on our planned activity for the night -- the Ghost Tour!  That is what my next blog entry is all about.  Read on. :)

 

nallera says:
Hi there,

I think you might like my Scottish photo competition.
www.myscottishexperience.com

Natx
Posted on: Jul 09, 2009
aoisoba says:
iproprofile ko mamaya hahhaa
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
missaeliya says:
haha yah, buti na lang talaga!! gutom ka na siguro nun or nagiisip na ng pantapat na routine. haha! post mo naman ung "magnanakaw! magnanakaw!" pic mo pls!!!
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
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Scotts Monument
Scott's Monument
Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel
The pretty park below the Edinburg…
The pretty park below the Edinbur…
a street busker wearing a kilt and…
a street busker wearing a kilt an…
Edinburgh Castle and the beautiful…
Edinburgh Castle and the beautifu…
The Routine
"The Routine"
Too bad you wont see the ending :P
Too bad you won't see the ending :P
Edinburgh Castle Gates
Edinburgh Castle Gates
The apartments inside the castle.
The apartments inside the castle.
A view of Edinburgh from the Castle
A view of Edinburgh from the Castle
Balmoral Hotel and Carlton Hill as…
Balmoral Hotel and Carlton Hill a…
In front of the War Memorial.
In front of the War Memorial.
Still in front of the Memorial
Still in front of the Memorial
Inside the Castles prisons
Inside the Castle's prisons
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