Saturday, September 17, 2016

Scotland Day 7 (Edinburgh)

Hello, everyone.

Our last day in Scotland was spent in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.  (All of our photos of Edinburgh can be found here).

We began with a morning walk to Holyrood Palace, home of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland.  The entry fee includes an audio tour that highlights some of the palace's history, including Mary Stuart and her second husband, Lord Darnley.  The tour also includes the ruins of Holyrood Abby.

After touring the palace, we headed back down the Royal Mile to Clarinda's Tea Room for an early lunch.  I had been hoping to stop at a tea room at some point on our trip, and was glad we finally were able to do it on our last day.  We enjoyed our sandwiches, but were particularly impressed with the selection of fresh baked desserts.

After lunch, we took a tour of the Royal Mile with Mercat Tours. The tour included some history of old Edinburgh and took us up to Edinburgh Castle.

The room where King James was born.

After the tour ended, we headed down to the Princes Street Gardens to enjoy another view of the castle, before making our way to dinner.

Our last dinner in Scotland was a huge departure from the rest of the trip. We had been eating more traditional fare or curries. For our last dinner, though, we decided to see how the Scot's did Mexican.  Panco Villas on Canongate was quite good. The salsa was a bit sweeter, and the cheese definitely local, but otherwise what you would expect anywhere in the southwest.

We stayed our last night at the Premier Inn City Centre (Royal Mile).

Again, special things to Absolute Escapes for their help in arranging our car and guest houses and providing lots of useful information to help us plan our itinerary.


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