6. Edinburgh Part 1
A walk up to Edinburgh Castle and down the Royal Mile to St Giles Church
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We got the train from Darlington Station (above) to Edinburgh Waverley Station (below) where the railway acts as a dividing line between the 'Old Town' to the south and the 'Age of Enlightenment' 'New Town' to the north.
Edinburgh is built on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which is exemplified by the 'perched high up' Edinburgh Castle.
The National Gallery of Scotland is set over the railway and contains many fine paintings by Scottish painters as well as an impressive collection of the works of many famous European artists.
Looking back down to the city centre as we head up towards Edinburgh Castle along Market Street.
There are many handsome blocks of houses, and in this case, ascending up through Ramsay Street, the back of Ramsay Garden has some fine back stairways decorated with cast iron railings and boxes of flowers, most appropriate to the name 'Ramsay Gardens'.
Boswell's Court (above and below) is a fine building and houses a restaurant called the Witchery - near the site where 300+ witches were burned for alleged sorcery.
On the left is the entrance to the Camera Obscura and on the right of Boswell's Court is the entrance to the 'Scotch Whisky Experience'!
The 'The Scotch Whisky Experience' in the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre on Castle Hill, is where the emphasis on refreshment is biased in the direction of alcoholic beverages!
Another view of Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock.
The main 'forecourt' called the 'Esplanade' of the magnificently set Edinburgh Castle high on a volcanic rocky hill of Castle Rock. The Esplanade is where the Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place, but a from the TV highlights it seems a very cosmopolitan affair these days.
Looking down back through the relatively 'modern' Castle entrance towards the hills above Edinburgh City to the peak of Arthur's Seat.
Heading straight down to Castlehill and High Street to explore the Royal Mile and the 'Old Town' of Canongate and Holyrood. The tall spire of Tolbooth Kirk and the peak of Arthur's Seat dominate the skyline.
The statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig - hero or villain of the tragedy of the First World War? the Edinburgh born commander of the British Forces whose trench warfare strategy of sending men 'over the top' caused immense casualties.
Welcome to 'THE HUB' the headquarters of Edinburgh International Festival of the arts. The Edinburgh Fringe office is housed in a fine spire topped church in High Street. The formally disused since 1981, Tolbooth Kirk has now found a brand new and important role in the cultural life of Edinburgh City. The churches superbly designed neo-Gothic architecture is the work of Augustus Pugin.
Continuing on the Royal Mile with rows of houses in High Street, Bank Street is on the right.
The west face of St Giles Cathedral Church - properly known as the High Kirk of St Giles.
The finely carved entrance to St Giles, Edinburgh, in wonderful reproduction Gothic!
The memorial low relief bronze portrait to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
The columns of the south aisle known as the Holy Blood Aisle in St Giles, Edinburgh.
The memorial statue to John Knox who brought Calvinism to Scotland.
Some of the fine Victorian 19th century and early 20th century stained glass in St. Giles.
The controversial modern stained glass commemorating the achievements of the poet Robbie Burns in St Giles, Edinburgh.
More recent stained glass of a more traditional composition in St Giles, Edinburgh.
Arches at the west end of the nave and looking into the Albany Aisle built in 1409.
A lone piper by the statue of David Hume in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Tour Bus
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The Ghost Bust Tour of Edinburgh
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