Edinburgh is my favorite city of those we experienced on our tour of the UK and Ireland. This old city, with brownstone buildings stained with coal smoke from years of exposure, is filled with history and a remarkable record of scientific and literary achievements by its citizens. It’s a fun city by day and by night. Our hotel had a marvelous view of the Edinburgh castle and we were in walking distance of the Royal Mile, which we explored at our leisure one afternoon and evening.
The Castle sits atop the Royal Mile, and the other end is anchored by Holyrood Palace, the Queens official residence in Edinburgh. Our tour of the Palace was completed just before the facility was closed to the public so it could be decorated for the royal wedding of Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne.
Click on this link to see a panoramic photo of Edinburgh as seen from the Castle. Photos of the Edinburgh portion of our tour of the UK can be accessed by clicking on the Main Gallery tab above and then selecting Destinations/Edinburgh-2011 at my Main Gallery page or by simply clicking on this link.