Edinburgh is pronounced ed-in-bruh not like with the hard “g” sound heard in Pittsburg. Edinburgh Castle is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. The castle is situated on a huge rock outcropping called Castle Rock, located in the city center. This rock formation is due to a volcano eruption over 340 million years ago. The edifice that is known as Edinburgh Castle was built during the 12th century by David I, son of Saint Margaret of Scotland. So old compared to our short history here in Texas. There is a chapel located inside the castle walls that is original but all the other structures are modifications and updates made over time. The towers got taller, then short and taller again. Walls came down and walls went up. A real DIY in the making.
The views of the city from the castle are worth the seventeen pounds for admission. We bought our tickets in advance online and it sped up our entry considerably. We also bought the first ticket time of the day at 9:30 a.m. to help beat the crowds and that too worked to our advantage. There are lots of walking on deep cobblestones and up steep and narrow passageways inside the castle so wear comfortable shoes. No high heels. I was so glad I did my walking challenge last month to build up the strength in my legs and knees.
Walking in my opinion is the best way to see any city but especially Edinburgh. So many Victorian gothic and medieval structures as well as Grecian columns dot the skyline especially along Princes Street and the Royal Mile. From the eighth floor of our hotel, I took this photograph from our window looking out towards Edinburgh Castle during the first night of our stay when I was wide awake with excitement about our journey.
During our stay in late September, the weather was chilly but we escaped, for the most part, heavy rains just a steady drizzle a couple of days but otherwise, we had grey skies with short moments of sun breaks. I wore a thermal vest with a hood the entire time to keep warm over layers of thinner fabrics. As I mentioned before, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. I wore Adidas Tubular
In Edinburgh, we also visited the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Museum of Scotland. The fall colors were spectacular in the gardens and the museum resembles the pictures I have seen of the old Crystal Palace in London. I highly recommend a fall trip to the Athens of the North — you will miss the festival crowds and the summer warmer weather as we didn’t stay at any hotel that had air conditioning, only fans. Happy trails.