For my visit to Edinburgh last year I only scheduled a couple of days dedicated to sightseeing. I wish we would have scheduled more. The beginning of our trip is documented in this post.
I think we would have been able to see more if the weather was slightly warmer. I think the frigid temperatures kept us snuggled at our B & B longer than we normally would have.
Our B & B was wonderful. After reading many reviews, we chose the 94DR. The facilities were at a luxury level but at a 3 star hotel price. Each room is charmingly named after scotch whiskies. We happened to stay in the Macallan. The owners and the others who run the B & B were extremely friendly and welcoming. They gave us great sightseeing advice and the breakfasts were amazing.
One of the popular things to do while in Edinburgh is climb Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s seat was in walking distance from our B & B and one day we decided to make the climb.
Later in the day we decided it was a good idea to do some more climbing. We ascended up to Calton Hill to see all the monuments and views from there.
Cemetery on the way
As I said earlier, we should have scheduled more time in Edinburgh. We didn’t even get to explore the new town. I guess we have another excuse to go back. See you again someday Edinburgh.
A cold day in Edinburgh walking along the Royal Mile….
Very interesting looking Scottish Parliament building…They let Scotland make some of their own decisions but not on matters of defense, or foreign policy, or taxation. This $800 million eco-friendly building was a sight to see.
The Queens Gallery
Some new clothes??
And it started to snow again….
Yeah, it is cold ….
St. Giles Cathedral
The Edinburgh Castle
The start of our visit in March 2013.
We took a lovely day tour of Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and a Whisky distillery with Heart of Scotland tours. More about Stirling castle and the Loch Lomond later but below are some pictures from the Glengoyne Distillery we visited during our tour. We got to sample some of their 12 year old single malt scotch whisky after our tour. No photos were allowed during our tour inside (something about the camera clicking can cause a spark and set the place on fire!). Here are some photos from the grounds.
Other days in Edinburgh, we tried to get some pub grub at some historic pubs. This started the tour of disappointing “chain” pubs. In the US, we romanticize about getting a beer at an old pub with some home cooked comfort food. Big companies in the UK have capitalized on this and bought out many of the historic pubs. Many of the names are unchanged but their menu and beer selection is carefully duplicated at many pubs of different names. Most tourists probably wouldn’t notice this but we did. We saw this the most while in London but our first experience with it was at Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, a bar that capitalizes on its proximity to a beloved statue of a loyal dog. We ate at this bar but discovered to see the same beer selections and menu duplicated at bars in London.
Sweet potato pie over peas and potatoes.
Other pub fun
Last March my husband and I took a fabulous trip to the UK. We did some hiking, some sightseeing, and some pub time.
During the Edinburgh part of our trip we visited some fun pubs and tried some fantastic whiskies.
Our evenings would sometimes start with a dram of whisky or glass of wine from the honor bar at our bed and breakfast.
One night we hung out at the Whiski Bar and Restaurant on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
We shared the Cullen Skink soup and a haggis tower with neeps and tats.
I was able to try one whisky that was aged in sherry cask and one of the scottish beers.
As a welcome treat, a band played traditional scottish music while we sipped our whisky drinks.