09.04.2011 - 30.04.2011
We had a bus tour around Edinburgh and had a 20 minute photo and shopping stop at Holyrood Castle.
Then up to Edinburgh Castle. So glad I got to visit. Last time I was here with Phil, we just drove through Edinburgh and around the castle. It is a fantastic place. It was drizzling and cold. What else - it's Scotland! We queued up for a long time to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. Well, you know what they say about Scots - austere and nothing flamboyant. Well the Crown Jewels were just a crown and a sword and the Scottish Coronation Stone, the Stone of Destiny. The Stone of Destiny was installed in Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day, 30 November 1996. The Stone, the traditional coronation stone of Scottish Kings and Queens was stolen by English King Edward I, 700 years ago and is still a powerful symbol of Scottish independence. I loved seeing it because it was just a hunk of old stone, but meant so much to the Scots.
It was raining and miserable. We decided to walk down to the Port of Leith to tour The Queen's ship Britannia. It didn't look very far on the map (!) (famous last words), however it took ages and in the rain. We discovered later that it was about four miles. Leith was where Phil's family came from in the 1800s so it was good to walk through the streets so I could tell him all about it.
On the way down from Edinburgh Castle, we saw Adam again, (from Culloden Moor) dressed up as Braveheart (William Wallace). It was so nice to see someone who we knew and he remembered us too.
The Britannia was great and well worth the visit.
We caught a taxi back to the hotel. We had arranged to have our own farewell dinner at the hotel with Amy and Peggy, seeing the "Scottish Dream" Tour weren't having one. We had a lovely evening and chatted for ages. Then we went into the foyer for a drink and were fascinated by the badly dressed guests at a wedding that was being held in the hotel. We got the giggles several times.