Clan Walker Guest House
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... The military prison is no longer in use so we could walk through the cells and read stories of the inmates who once occupied them. Next door was a 'Prisoners of War' exhibition showing the big rooms with hammocks, living quarters and the clothing worn by the foreign prisoners. There was a separate room which had three wooden prison cell doors that had been carved with names and images by the prisoners in the 1700's.
Crown Square had a number of important buildings ...
... tried my first ‘Flapjack’ here – which is really a more ‘meaty/fudgy’ ANZAC biscuit which made me think of the latter. Ha! ANZAC day is coming up so voila!
A big hit so I made another batch after David (from the shop) helped my neighbour move a big pot. The butcher’s are quite happy for me to sell them – ‘better with a cuppa tea than Flapjacks’. Maybe Plan B???
Oh and apparently the boys had a drop-off from a Kiwi customer. ...
... enjoyed the history and of course the view of Edinburgh.
We then kept walking around seeing lots of interesting buildings and streets, as the weather was perfect we just kept walking. Julie had a Groupon voucher for lunch which was a little coffee shop and was nice. We stopped for a drink at the Jekyl and Hyde pub which was very interesting and a must see if visiting Edinburgh, there was a cabinet with lots of interesting things.. bones, small bottles ...
... around the grounds and saw some informative displays. We saw a few of the stocky highland ponies used to bring back the deer after the shoot. Naturally, I spent a few dollars at this very special gift shop.
For lunch I had haggis with neeps and tatties and whisky gravy. Terry had venison sausage casserole in scotchale sauce, mmmmm. I couldn't help but notice there were cottages for rent in the castle grounds, so guess where ...
... and the view of a school with four turrets that when put on top of Edinburgh castle makes Hogwarts.
He also told us about the origins of the word '**** faced'. Back in the old days, the chamber pot was emptied out into the street. First you would shout 'gardie loo' (french for mind the water) and then you would let fly. Apparently after a day of drinking beer and whisky, your reflexes were shot and often when someone would yell out, instead of ducking you would look ...