Hey Folks, I’ve temporarily hung up my chef’s apron, but don’t worry it’s just for this week! So today, I’m sharing with you some pictures and highlights, of an autumn weekend in Edinburgh, last weekend precisely, when Lynne and I were able to get away for a short break.
I always try to think of you folks reading and scrolling through this, and try to have a balance of what I hope is interesting to you, providing some narrative and links for you to read further if you want to, but without going into too fine detail, possibly sending you off on 40 winks!
So, when you come back home with well over 100 images, the weather having been pretty decent (as you’ll see) and you had a fab time, you kind of want the world to know, don’t you? Striking that balance is always challenging for me, I hope I managed to succeed here! I’d love to read your comments though. 🙂
So Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. Steeped in history. Begun as a hill fort in the 7th century. You’ll see why as you scroll down to the Edinburgh Castle images which show the ideal and prominent rock situated right in the heart of the city. Who wouldn’t build a castle on that?
The two images above, the first one showing the view looking up, and the second one looking down Victoria Street, in the Grassmarket area, highlighting the typical old town cobbled streets and attractive Victorian architecture, typical of many of the older streets.
The world famous Edinburgh Royal Mile is pictured above. Looking up towards the castle. The buildings here are a mix of Georgian and Victorian. The street is built on the tail of the old volcano that the castle sits on and slopes down towards the right to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Lynne and I took a walk up to Edinburgh Castle, the area still absolutely thronged with tourists, despite the Edinburgh festival fringe having finished at the end of August. We left visiting the castle to the tourists though. Something for a future rainy day perhaps!
Looking over Edinburgh south, from the castle esplanade, shows a more modern part of the city as well as Arthurs Seat, another dormant volcano in the area. The name Arthurs seat is thought to have come from the legend of Kind Arthur.
Naturally, Lynne selected a photograph of herself to include in this post, and seeing as she has the unenviable task of putting up with me photographing all day, who was I to refuse? The large stand just behind Lynne is the remnants of the seating area, still being taken down, as it’s here that the Military Tattoo is also performed during the weeks of the festival.
Yes, the entrance to the castle here really did have a drawbridge and ditch around the front of it once!
A view North of the city here, from Mound Place, showing the Scottish National Gallery. The Mound, on which the gallery is situated, is an artificial hill built to fill in a loch once situated at the food of castle rock, which we are descending here.
Ha ha, I couldn’t resist taking this photograph. 🙂 Edinburgh, once famous for so many breweries, now unfortunately has only one brewery left. When in our teens and living in Dundee, my friends and I would visit Edinburgh and make a beeline for every pub that sold this stuff. It was brewed in Edinburgh then (as opposed to England now) and the whole city smelt of it!
Over the recently cleaned glass roof top of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, here you can see the stunning luxury Balmoral Hotel. In this hotel in 2007 author J. K. Rowling finished the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter fans can stay in the same room for a mere £1000 per night.
Edinburgh is covered in alleyways and staircases like this. This ancient one is known as Fleshmarket Close, where meat was sold from a market here. There was also a Fishmarket close, with fruit and vegetables being available to purchase from stalls in the street.
Lynne and I spent most of Saturday just wandering about the streets of Edinburgh, taking in the sights. We went for a glass of wine in The Malt Shovel in the afternoon and when we came out the weather had changed and got a little cooler too. Contrast the sky in the next few pictures with that of those at the start and you’ll see what I mean.
The above two images, looking up at the castle, are both taken from Princes Street Gardens. I thought that the leaves and the colours of the foliage changing into their autumn suits was particularly striking, and that was the reason for the naming of this post, an “Autumn Weekend in Edinburgh”!
The Usher Hall, built in 1914 from funds gifted by Andrew Usher, a whisky distiller and blender is a concert hall, owned and managed by Edinburgh City Council and is in constant use. You can check out what’s currently on here.
Looking back on Edinburgh Castle from our hotel, this is probably the best photograph to show the remains of the volcano that the castle’s built on. And no, it’s not possible to scale the rock, it’s illegal and you’ll get yourself arrested if you do try it!
Lynne and I enjoyed a really excellent Saturday dinner here, quite near our hotel, at the Il Castello Italian Restaurant. Having had the camera with me all day, you’ll forgive me for putting it away and not photographing our food, so that Lynne and I could relax, and so I wasn’t trying to place everything around the food table to create the perfect food shot. 😮
Needless to say, the food was excellent. A well established family owned restaurant who made fantastic pizza’s and a delicious tiramisu!
Just how many pictures of Edinburgh Castle can you possibly take? Well, I took a lot more than what I’ve posted here, but even for the ones I haven’t, you can see it looks completely different from every angle. And I think that’s probably way enough to give you the general idea of what the prominent feature that dominates the landscape of Edinburgh is!
Right, hopefully the above was a welcome break from all the recipes, but never fear, for I will be back next week, with a brand new breakfast recipe.
In the meantime, let’s link up with Ms Spoons (Amanda) at running with spoons to see what’s going on over there!
Hope you have a great weekend! Weather permitting I’m hoping to climb Ben Cruachan. 😀