June 24, 2014
The next morning, there was a slight drizzle on the streets, and the air was cool and damp.
We weren't about to let that discourage us, however, so we set out with umbrellas for Edinburgh Castle. We took the tour, then walked around the various buildings, taking the indoor areas first to get out of the wet. The Great Hall was fabulous. As were the Scottish crown jewels, but we weren't allowed to take pictures in there.
As the morning went on, the weather began to clear in fits and starts. There were originally a lot more photos, but later in the afternoon I discovered that my camera was malfunctioning- the light meter had died and I had taken a number of photos of blank white rectangles. Nearly all the photos you'll see from here on were taken by my husband with his cellphone. But we didn't figure that out until after we left the castle, so there aren't as many of the castle as I would have liked.
As the weather cleared, the views from the castle were spectacular.
After lunch, with the weather clearing considerably, we set out for Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, a promontory overlooking the city. As we climbed higher, the views got ever more striking.
We took a different route down, sensibly taking a longer path rather than a straight scramble down the rocks. We observed other, less cautious hikers, having some difficulty descending.
After strolling back into the city, we found some dinner and headed up to Sandy Bell's, a pub with reputation as a music venue, to hear a music session. We love Scottish music, and really enjoyed the evening. We walked back to the hotel relaxed and with fiddle music playing in our heads.