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Edinburgh, Scotland

Aug. 2, Edinburgh

I have wanted to see Scotland for a long time so I was excited to be here even just for a day. We had good weather for most of the day and were able to get to the sites we wanted to see so I consider it a successful visit. Our ship docked at Rosyth which is quite a long way from Edinburgh so we took a shuttle from the dock to the closest train station at Inverkeithing and then about a half hour train ride to central Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival (a huge event) starts here on Friday so there were thousands of tourists in town. We travelled around on the hop on hop off bus and made Edinburgh castle our first stop. It was very busy but we managed to see quite a bit.

A view up the hill to the castle

A view of Edinburgh from the castle. Lots of people

On the grounds of the castle. It is quite an amazing fortress with lots to see, including this huge cannon

Holyrood Castle, Queen Elizabeth's residence, was our next stop. We had lunch at the cafe there and tried their version of Scottish shortbread.

We walked by this charming residential courtyard on the way to Holyrood

The rain started while we were at Holyrood so the rest of our day was a bit damp. We visited Greyfriars Kirk and saw the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful little dog who slept on his owner's grave for 14 years. This very old graveyard is said to have been inspiration for some of JK Rowlings characters. Just across the road is the Elephant House cafe where she wrote the first chapters of Harry Potter.

Greyfriars pub, just outside the graveyard

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby

Outside the Elephant house Cafe where JK Rowling wrote the first chapters of Harry Potter

On Grassmarket street we found this cute little Harry Potter shop. It had a very authentic feel and was crammed with people and all things Harry Potter.

Our final stop before heading back to the ship was a pub where we enjoyed some Canadian cheezies (courtesy of Pat and Charles who always find room for Cheezies in their luggage) with our beer.

We are now back at sea and arrive in Amsterdam early tomorrow. We have an early disembarkation time so will spend our day packing and getting organized for the journey home. Thanks for reading our blog and sending your comments. It is always fun to share our experiences.

Posted by linfays 06:15 Archived in Scotland

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We LOVED Edinburgh. So glad you got to see so much in one day! The Harry Potter info is so cool!
Yes, Hawkins cheezies beat all other pretenders! Looking forward to hearing more stories upon your return. Safe travels in these last days!

by Erin H

Your pictures brought back fond memories of Scotland. Now I want to return! Greyfriars Bobby was a picture book I was quite fond of, although I always told the students it had a "Kleenex warning"

by Marilyn

Enjoyed your pics and blog so much. The Icelandic horses look wonderful and what a way to see the sites. The Harry Potter info and photos were most interesting. We haven't been to Edinburgh for quite a while but made me want to return. I see that you have quite a wardrobe of jackets for what looked like a cooool voyage.

by Diane & Barrie

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