Monday, 28 July 2014


Princes Street Gardens

My Scottish Tour started & finished in Edinburgh. It's years since I was there & I'd forgotten how lovely a place it is. 

To be honest when I've been there before I've been with friends & family who just wanted to shop & eat so I didn't see much of the city. This time I was on my own so could wander about to my heart's content & the weather was perfect for it.

I love Princes' Street Gardens. It's hard to believe that when you're walking along in these beautiful gardens the main street & all the city's traffic is running along parallel to it. 

The first thing I did was to find the floral clock. I remember being fascinated by this when I was little. I found it but sadly it wasn't working, think I was too early. The design had been laid out but there were no pointers on it. 

Floral clock - minus pointers!

An authentic Scottish thistle!

There seem to be dozens of monuments in Edinburgh wherever I went I came across them.

Sir Walter Scott Monument

The Call 1914 - The Scots American War Memorial 
A tribute to Scottish soldiers who died during WW1

The week we arrived in Edinburgh they had a new tram system!

It looked rather good even though it had caused a lot of problems with the escalating costs!

Looking Down Princes Street

However I have to say that the power lines & poles have made a bit of a mess of the lovely view along Princes Street.

I suppose most cities look good on a lovely sunny day. 

I loved this little cafe which was next to the hotel we were staying in. I had to laugh at the sign they had put up. I've enlarged it below.

Now just in case you don't know, it's taking a pop at Starbucks. They're the ones who don't pay their taxes in the UK! Have to admit I wouldn't drink Starbucks anyway as I just don't like their coffee, I prefer Costa or M&S.

This is the hotel in Waterloo Place (at the end of Prices Street) where we stayed the first night. It has a great history which I managed to get a leaflet about. Apparently it was Edinburgh's first purpose built hotel opened in 1819 for the visit of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. He was in the first carriage to travel down Waterloo Place. 
Around it were other great historical buildings. Shame about the wheelie bins!

Further along from our hotel I saw a monument which interested me so on our final day I found time to wander along to find out about it. It turned out to be on Calton Hill & was one of a number of monuments up there & the views were fantastic.

Calton Hill

I hadn't heard of him but this was a monument to the Scottish philosopher, Dugald Stewart. From here you can see right across the city.
Unfinished National Memorial of Scotland, Calton Hill

I found it really sad to see this memorial to the soldiers & sailors who died in the Napoleonic Wars which was never finished. It was started in 1826 & was modelled on the Parthenon. Unfortunately they ran out of cash & they never completed it. 

They did manage to finish this one just near. It is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson, that great Scottish nay, English sailor who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Trafalgar Signal " England expects that every man will do his duty" is still flown on Trafalgar Day (21 October) weather permitting.


It looks like a huge stone telescope & contains a time ball which is dropped at 1 o'clock daily. From here you get a fantastic view of the city & across to the sea. 

Here are some random photographs.


This was the room where we had our Scottish meal on our final night. It was a beautiful room & we had a piper, a lovely Scottish highland dancer & haggis, neeps & tatties! A great finish to our tour.


  1. My fathers ancestry is Scottish, went English then to America. The way things are going here it my be time to go back .LOL
    Thanks for the tour ,I enjoyed it very much.

  2. Same as Patsy. My mother's father is Scottish. This was a heartwarming post for me because so much of my grandfather's genealogy search includes references to Edinburgh.

  3. What gorgeous pictures, all that incredible architecture and gardens. I've only been to Scotland once and sadly it wasn't Edinburgh, but hopefully one of these days....
    It looks like a vibrant and diversified city, with all that heritage.
    Thank you for sharing, I feel as though I've had a day trip :)

    How beautiful is Edinburgh?! I had no idea...must show Mr E and drop subtle hints. ;-)

  5. Looks like you had a lovely vacation and captured some beautiful photos.

  6. Patty - Well I was working and we visited a lot of places which hopefully I'll post about. I had forty passengers to look after & we travelled on some absolutely beautiful train journeys. Up the Western Highlands to Ballachulish for three days, travelled on the Jacobite Steam Train (better known as the Hogwarts' Express), over to the islands of Mull & Skye then over to Inverness for three days & down again to Edinburgh. I was exhausted when I got back but it was lovely seeing those places.

  7. We visited Edinburgh briefly (passed through on a tour) a couple of years ago but your photos make me want to go and spend some time there. Lovely. A x

  8. You have some really good photos of Edinburgh Winifred and they bring back great memories of my visits beginning early 50's till last one in mid-nineties. The tram looks fantastic.


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