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Scotland: The View from Edinburgh Castle

November 10, 2015

There are far too many pictures and descriptions of Edinburgh Castle floating about cyberspace for me to wish to add another travel blurb about the place. As the signature landmark of Scotland’s signature city, there is no need to expand further.

But we visited the castle on a rare day, one that featured a nearly cloudless sky and (relatively) warm weather. Views were spectacular over all points of the compass.

We happily walked the Royal Mile to the main entrance.

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After paying for the tickets we proceeded to climb further following the self-guided tour. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at the beauty of the setting.

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It was fun to note the different construction styles at various heights of the castle walls.

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And seeing the Firth of Forth made for an exciting treat.

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Of special interest, though, was St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in the city with its origins in the 10th century..

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Oddly, considering the number of visitors at the castle, no one was inside when we entered.

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To tell the truth, when I was younger I preferred my sites of interest to be tourist-free but now that I am more jaded I don’t really mind being part of a crowd. Within certain limits, of course.

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