Ahhhhhh, Edinburgh. One of my favourite cities on the planet. I would pack up the fam and move here in a heartbeat.
After a long day travelling from Arras, France, we arrived at Dunstane House in time for a nice meal and a long nap. We spent the next day on the Royal Mile (High Street) which gets its name because of the distance between the two royal residences, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
We started at the castle and worked our way down toward Holyrood Palace, but unfortunately someone (me) kept stopping into this gift shop and that gift shop and so by the time we were to meet up with some friends, we had only made it about 2/3rds of the way down.
What did we see? The castle itself is a marvel. Built on an ancient volcano, the castle looks like it was carved right out of the rock and once you climb the stairs to the half-moon battery, the view of Edinburgh will take your breath away.We also took in Camera Obscura which has many fun optical illusions to enjoy, and The Real Mary King’s Close tour. My second time for both and would go again. Didn’t see the ghost of little Annie this time either, though I tried. Our tour guide was a hoot and thoroughly enjoyed scaring a couple members of the tour in particular. She was awesome.
We had supper at the Wildfire Steak house and my brother boasts it’s about the best steak he’s ever had. I would have to agree. And yes, we had the haggis and sticky toffee pudding. Was an amazing meal and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or living in Edinburgh.Edinburgh is quite important in my Highland Chiefs series, specifically in Bound to the Highlander, in that much of King James’s court was held there. Certainly the MacKay trial in the series comes to its conclusion at the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.
And of course Fergus MacKay, hero of book two in my series, Promised to the Highlander, was held in the dungeon there. Mind you we didn’t see a dungeon, but I’m certain 600 years ago there was one complete with all the stench and screaming one would envision of a medieval castle.While in the area we also visited Rosslyn Chapel, a medieval architectural marvel and the final setting for Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. Didn’t see Tom Hanks there but did see an incredibly intricate and fascinating piece of art, because the entire chapel is just that, one large scupture.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dunstane House and I look forward to my next visit to this lovely city.