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.
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.
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.
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.