Typical itinerary for one day tour of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital
Image below shows the Royal Yacht.
Next, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at foot of the Royal Mile. This is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. The Palace evolved out of a guest suite at the former abbey on the same site. However, the Palace grew and evolved while the abbey fell into disrepair and is now a romantic ruin. Most of the Palace which is evident today dates from the late 17th century.
Next, a walk up the Royal Mile, noting the interesting 16th and 17th century architecture including Tolbooth, World’s End and John Knox House.
Next to the High Kirk of St. Giles (aka St Giles Cathedral) which has association with Protestant reformer, John Knox plus the Thistle Chapel which dates from 1910. Latter has magnificent wood carvings. Much of the building was refaced in Victorian times.
Next to Edinburgh Castle which has a long history. High elevation offers superb views over the Firth of Forth and beyond. Key aspects of the Castle include:
- 12th century, St. Margaret’s Chapel.
- King’s Lodgings wherein can be found the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Scone.
- Great Hall with 16th century timber roof.
- Governor’s House from 1742.
- Barrack Block from 1796.
- Argyll Tower from 1574.
- Half Moon Battery.
- Scottish National War Memorial.
- On o’Clock Gun
- Mons Meg Cannon from 15th century.
Finally, back down the Royal Mile and then to Calton Hill, a vantage point which offers superb views of the Firth of Forth, Holyrood Park and Edinburgh City. At Calton Hill can be found:
- Dugald Stewart’s Monument,1832
- Old Observatory.1776
- New Observatory, 1818.
- Playfair’s Monument, 1826
- Nelson’s Monument, 1816
- Royal High School, 1829
- Burns Monument, 1830