For my last full day in Scotland, I hung out with velociraptors, thistles and needle pointers, dragons at a palace and Grayfriars Bobby. I started the day finding a real gem of a sgian dubh (dagger). Then I learned about how Scotland (and Earth) was formed and changed since the Big Bang at Our Dynamic Earth.
Then I checked out the Scottish Parliment. A major vote is coming up in September for Scotland, yet I went to view the 160 panel Great Tapestry of Scotland-fabulous! I even added some stitching to a panel that will be presented to Parliment.
Next, I visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse -where the royal family resides when they come to Edinburgh. And, I found dragons.
I touched Grayfriars Bobby’s nose (it is rumored that the Skye Terrier lay by his human’s gravesite for 14 years until he himself died in 1872 -now that’s loyalty).
And I wrapped up my day with dessert and a pint, or two, of St. Andrews Smooth at the Balmoral Hotel. Wow, what fun I’ve had.
Tomorrow I head back to Dublin for one last afternoon and evening, then I fly back home. The time has gone quickly, but I’ve reconnected with some wonderful people and made new friends along the way.
I am blessed to be able to experience some parts of the lands of my ancestors. Slainte.
I spent the day in Edinburgh visiting the Castle (which is getting ready for the Military Tattoo).
Here I am at the line of cannons.
And some dragons.
The castle is built on top of an extinct volcano, and easy to see why it was built here. The castle is solid rock fortress.
I finished the day with an early supper at the Witchery. Also, check out the street I’m staying.
I’m going to visit the Palace at Holyroodhouse tomorrow.
I’ve spent the last 2 days on a Heart of Scotland tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. Tomorrow we head to Inverness and then we make our way back to Edinburgh on Monday. These last couple of days have been incredible, with bright, warm day one and cloudy and wet day two. Here are a few photos before the tour loaded up for the ferry ride to Skye.
Check out these loch reflections.
I’ll wrap up Friday’s shots with the sunset from Portree, Isle of Skye
Another post for rainy Saturday’s adventures.
I arrived in Edinburgh in the late afternoon on a twin-prop 80-seater regional aircraft from Dublin. The bummer: I had row 3, and the plane boarded from the rear hatch (finally get up front and I still had to walk the whole length of the plane. Oh well).
Once in town I gave a copy of my novel to Waterstones Edinburgh, then strolled along the gardens back toward my lodging. Check out these photos of Edinburgh Castle and the gardens.
Check out this Scottish Thistle.
Here is a doorman for the Barmoral Hotel.
And here is Hamish, the Assistant Manager at the Balmoral Hotel, and I. Hamish explained about the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Glasgow for the next 10 days, then we chatted about my Scottish ancestors and I told him about my novel and he bought a copy. The Balmoral Hotel is a beautiful place with some lovely choices for beer, oh and food.
Finally, here is a photo of the mist overtaking one of the clock towers near Carlton Hill.
I’m off to sleep as I need to be up early to start my four day Isle of Skye and Highland tour. Hope to post along the way.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Please check out the video of my poem and photographs entitled: Coming Home: To The Place Where I Belong
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Where to begin? First off, I took a hop on-hop off bus tour and toured Edinburgh Castle. WOW!! Lots of pictures, this place is a fortress and is still in use today as a military base.
I was there for the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.
The gun or cannon is fired every day Monday through Saturday, except Christmas and Good Friday. The initial reason was for the ship’s captains to be able to synchronize their timepieces before setting sail. Now it has become a tradition. Thankfully, for the citizen’s in Edinburgh the ammunition is not live.
I strolled the Royal Mile and saw where JK Rowling wrote Happy Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In the evening I attended The Taste of Scotland – Scottish Show. A dinner, wine and 2 hour musical show. Fabulous!! I also enjoyed a bit of haggis.
Tomorrow, I am off early in the morning for a 2 day Magical Highlands Tour, in which I’ll see Stirling Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness, the Culloden Battlefield, and St. Andrew’s.
I’ll post when I return.