While planning our trip to Scotland, I had some areas that were top on my list. Edinburgh did not make the list. But after visiting John’s cousins, who all proclaimed it to be a must see, we made the decision to spend our last day in Scotland in the capital city.
Arriving before noon, we were able to park the car at our hotel, and walk into the city to see the sights. We ended up hopping on a local bus and got off at King George V Memorial Park.
If we hadn’t looked like tourists before, we sure did in that moment.
We both stood there with our eyes wide saying, “Wow” over and over. The park is at the base of Edinburgh Castle, which stood high above us on top of a volcanic rock. It was spectacular.
We walked through the park and headed up the path to the castle, unsure of where we were going. Finding our way up and up, the path opened onto a huge circular drive filled with people.
Prior to that moment, every place we had visited, we encountered very few tourist sharing our space. Not true at the castle. The place was packed with people who looked just like us….in awe.
It was great to tour the castle, and my favorite moment was seeing the Stone of Destiny. You can read a little about the Stone here.
After leaving the castle grounds, we followed our ears to the bagpipes that were drifting up from the street below.
When I spotted the open-air double-decker tour bus, I asked John if he would be cool going full tourist and taking a ride. He was in, and the trip was worth the 30 pounds.
We got off at Grass Market to have a late lunch, watch people and enjoy the architecture.
Walking around Edinburgh I was so glad to have taken the advice to see this magnificent city. What an excellent way to end our time in Scotland.
We got up early the next morning to drive 6 hours down to Holyhead, Wales to return our car and catch the ferry back to Dublin.
What a fantastic trip we had, and John was a trooper driving me anywhere I wanted to go. (Thank you, John!!)