Walking down the royal mile
Trip Start Apr 19, 2008
141Trip End May 25, 2012
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I woke up late after last night doing a sort of
pub crawl around Edinburgh with these Aussies. Anyway after getting
up later than I wanted to, I went to the next door pub - biddy
middigans and used the internet while having breakfast. Breakfast was
not provided by the hotel, I had to buy it, but at least there was
free wifi. After breakfast I returned to my room and got ready to go
I walked up the street beside the hotel and
walked up to the castle, even though I was late getting up, the
castle was not open yet and there was a bit of a line to get tickets
Also I had noticed that there was a bit of construction work going on
– for the tattoo later in August.
While waiting in line the sun came out and it
got hot enough for me to take my jumper off. I got my ticket and went
for a wander inside the castle. I had a look at some of the regiment
museums, the various buildings, the war memorial and looked at the
great views of the old town. I had a look in the great hall and then
the royal appartments followed by the crown jewels. Some parts of
the castle no pictures were allowed, but most places I could take
pictures. There were lots of people wandering around the castle by
the time I decided to leave.
I left the castle after taking many pictures
and started to head towards the royal mile
obscure museum. This was an interesting museum and had lots of
optical illusions and the camera obscure itself. After this museum I
got to thee royal mile and started walking down the street, stopping
at various places until I got to the end about 3 hours later.
First up was having a look at the various
churches, these were great buildings with beautiful insides – the
paintings and stain glass, it was some of the great churches. I also
stopped and looked at various shops along the way, to get souvenirs
and other things. I got a beach towel because I would need one later
in my trip and I also got an umbrella as my one broke yesterday, I
got a few whiskey presents and some other small items.
Also along the way I went into a sandwich shop
and got some lunch, which I ate along the way to the museum on the
mound – the Scottish national bank museum. This had a bit of
history about the bank and the money – past and present, a good
museum – and free. I went back to the royal mile and continued to
walk down it, next stop was the museum of childhood. A museum that
had lots of different toys that the children of past Edinburgh might
have played with as they were growing up. This museum was ok, but it
had a great view of Arthur’s seat from one of the top floors. From
this museum I went to John Knox house – a historical figure of the
town, then to the peoples museum – this told the story of the
people through the ages as they lived in Edinburgh, right up to the
history of the city itself.
I finally got to the end of the Royal mile and
to the palace of holyrood house, I wanted to go inside but it was
closed and preparing for a royal visit, but I did see a lot of guards
around the place. In front of the palace is the new Scottish
parliament building – an interesting building. Yesterday I walked
right past it without knowing what It was, but now I do. I then
decided to head towards the station via the graveyard road, this
slowly climbed back up the hill of the city, it needed to do this as
the royal mile slowly went downhill. I passed the graveyard but it
I continued up to the station and started
walking through princes park, where I got an ice cream and came
across the Scott monument, which I climbed to the top to get some
great views of the old town and the new town.
By the time I got back down, I was tired but I
slowly walked back to the royal mile and had a drink in a pub, before
heading to Mary kings close for a tour.
Between the pub and the tour I came across this
magician who had drawn a crowed before him, so I stopped and watched
a bit before heading on the tour.
The tour was of Mary kings close, which is now
an underground part of the city, but I was not always and once many
people lived in the area, there was some great history given on this
tour and it was very interesting, it is worthwhile checking out. Also
it is haunted. The tour lasted for about 1 hour, then I went and had
dinner at a kind of restaurant before heading back to the hotel,
using the net and then back in my room packing my bags before bed.
Another good day, but too many museums, however
an interesting day anyway....