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Edinburgh City Sights - Scotland - More than Golf -Photojournal Part 6

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Another “must see” is the Edinburgh Castle. We walked through the Grassmarket, up Granny’s Green Steps and up Castle Wynd North steps to Castle Hill where we took a breath.

To enter the castle, you must purchase a ticket in advance. It is best to do so online as soon as you know the dates that you will be in Edinburgh. Entry times are assigned to mitigate crowding. So early booking allows one to select the time to visit instead of settling for what, if any, is left. We were actually allowed in about a half hour before our appointed time. The castle needs a good 2 hours or so to explore.

Now for a stroll back to our lodgings in the West End.

If you want to see Edinburgh, really see it, you need to walk, and you need to climb up and down stairs, so bring a good set of walking shoes. We walked from our lodgings to virtually everyplace in the city’s hub. When you walk, you see things that you don’t notice in a car. You also have the opportunity to add to your photo collection.

The Statue of a woman and child, near the immersive Van Gogh exhibit, was created in 1986 as a symbol of Edinburgh's support of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

The largest and best appointed drapery store in Scotland, located at 145 Prince Street, Edinburgh, housed the first electric elevator. Opened by Robert Maule and Son in 1894, the original structure was an ornate 5-story Victorian. In 1934 George Binns acquired the firm and, inspired by the neighboring bank, commissioned a new facade for what would become the largest department store in the UK.

Recently, Johnnie Walker provided the largest single investment toward Scotch Whisky tourism, costing over 185 million pounds, with a massive remodeling. Malt whisky production originated in Ireland but developed into a unique industry in Scotland. There are five major Scotch producing regions each with discernible characteristics in the beverage. With single grains, single malts and blended whiskeys, there is more than enough taste assortment to accommodate any devotee. After thorough research during this journey, we found the “less peaty” single malt selections from Speyside to be the most consistently satisfying. Your results may vary.

The Scottish Highlands have cow sculptures decorating their cities, but they were not the first in Scotland to do so. In 2006, the Cow Parade, with 100 cows, was one of the biggest public art displays in Scotland’s history. Today one of those cows is facing Johnny Walker.

Something for everyone, art, fashion, antiquities, natural history,science and technology can be found in Edinburg’s National Museum.

Deacon Brodie was an interesting character during his life from 1741-1788. He may have been the inspiration for Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. By day this man was an honorable citizen, a locksmith by trade. By night, he was a burglar.

Click on the image above to read the history of Deacon's house.

Delicious Vegan Pizza ? You Bet.

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We hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Scotland and that you join us in New Mexico

In case you missed our previous blog segment “Return to Iceland 2022 - Different season - Photojournal”, and Iceland’s Westfjords 2022 - Photojournal, click on the links below

If you missed the previous 4 Scotland Segments:

  1. Scotland - More than Golf - Photojournal - Glasgow

  2. Scotland - More than Golf - Photojournal - Loch Lomond & Fort William TrainEdinburgh

  3. Scotland - More than Golf - Photojournal - The Isle of Skye

  4. Inverness, Scotland - More than Golf - Photojournal Part 4

  5. Edinburgh, Scotland - More than Golf - Photojournal Part 5

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