Edinburgh: Passing through

I had some time in Edinburgh between trains, so I went up to look along the Royal Mile.

The Royal Mile is the street leading up to Edinburgh Castle, where all the interesting touristy things are. Also, where all the tourists are. So many people.

It was alternating between blue skies and rain showers, and whenever it rained, most of the people ran inside. so I could take photos with less people in them.

All the people lined up in the rain to go into the castle.

It was interesting enough but between the people and the rain not particularly engaging

and the shops were all selling tweed wool & whisky & cheap souvenirs. But at the end I found a Makers’ Market, with more interesting things for sale.

I also went into St Giles Cathedral, because everyone else was.

It has very lovely stained glass windows but, well, not as interesting as Kirkwall’s cathedral and significantly less dead earls buried in the walls, which you have to admit is something of an oversight.

It does get a bonus point for Most Interesting Ceiling, in the Thistle Chapel.

Now the next street down had less people and more interesting shops! Also, less rain.

A random building opposite the entrance to the train station.

Dramatic hillside castle anyone?

If you’re going to Dunnottar Castle by bus, you have a choice of ways to get there. There’s a bus stop on the main road just around from the entrance road or you can get off in the nearby town of Stonehaven and take the forty-minute walk around the cliffs. OK I’m joking.

Of course you’ll do the walk around the cliffs. It has the best views.

And random Greek temples on the hillside.

Now this is the best view. It is worth the climbing the hill and walking around the cliffs just to see this. Really.

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Orkney Day 6: Skara Brae and Skaill House

So Skara Brae is the main tourist attraction but it’s a bit hard to get to by bus. It’s on the far side of the main island and, at this time of year, there are three buses each week (Saturday, Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.) Well, six if you count the return bus. So it became the last thing I did while staying in Kirkwall.

On the way there, I took some photos from the bus because I wanted to show you how beautiful the loch was when it’s calm, and maybe some other things.


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Orkney Day 5: The Best Broch

The Broch of Gurness on the coast. It’s about 40 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop, so I’ve included some photos of the land around.

I think this road doesn’t see a lot of use.

The end of the headland is where i am working to. The island in the background is Rousay.

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