We recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in the wonderful city of Edinburgh – the occasion was to celebrate the wedding of my eldest son, and whilst there, we took the opportunity to explore this city that one local shop assistant told me was really ‘just a village’; how true this is.
To the visitor, Edinburgh appears a small, compact place, with stunning views at almost every turn. To the novice photographer, it is a dream location, full of amazing architecture, gardens and iconic buildings. However, the jewel in Edinburgh’s crown is the imposing Castle, which looks down on the city from it’s hilltop location alongside Princes Street.
Having arrived in the city the previous afternoon, we woke up early the next morning, suffering from a little jet lag, but decided to make the most of the early morning light – the days are long here, even at the end of April, it was day light by 5.30 am as we headed out into the cool (ok, cold) morning air.
We stayed at the majestic Principal Hotel, on George Street, so were well placed to walk around some of the key sites, including The gothic towers of the Scott Monument, the Scottish National Gallery, and of course Edinburgh Castle.
For the next 2 hours, cameras at the ready, we fulfilled the role of eager tourists – it was a quiet, calm morning, which saw some 200 photos being taken – by the time we got back to the hotel we were rather cold and totally ready for our breakfast, but it had been a really enjoyable way to begin our discovery of this beautiful city.
Our first stop was to view the dark, gothic features of the Scott Monument, located on Princes Street opposite Jenners department store – dedicated to the author Sir Walter Scott
We then continued along Princes Street Gardens, and the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery.
We left the Gardens, and climbed the hill towards the Old Town; the heights giving us a totally new perspective on sites that we had already enjoyed.
For the last part of the walk, we headed back to the Gardens, to take in the sights of the Castle – it’s a stunning construction, made all the more amazing when you think about how difficult it must have been to build. Sadly we didn’t get the opportunity to visit the Castle itself, so that will have to wait until next time.
Thank you Edinburgh for providing the perfect location for our family wedding, and to be a tourist – in addition to the excellent sights, we also enjoyed some great food, drink and hospitality, I hope we get the chance to return one day in the not too distant future.