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7. Edinburgh Part 2

Continuing down from St Giles Church to Holyrood Palace and interesting buildings on the way

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Leaving St Giles and heading down the Royal Mile towards Holyrood, but much to see on the way.

 

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On the left is FLESHMARKET STREET

 

John Knox's house is the white building in the centre of the picture and on the left is the oldest surviving dwelling house in Edinburgh, the early 16th century four-storied Moubray House which in its time has been a tavern, bookshop and a temperance hotel!

 

The clock tower by the Tolbooth Tavern in Canongate.

 

The entrance to the Old Tolbooth Wynd - a real medieval feel to this section of Canongate.

The late 16th century Canongate Tolbooth Tavern on Canongate is the oldest surviving 'pub' in Edinburgh serving its customers since 1591. I'm not sure John Know, whose house is further up Canongate and High Street would have approved of all of its activities!

 

 The late 16th century turreted steeple clock tower of Canongate Tolbooth.

 

The hills above Holyroodhouse which is to the right over the wall.

 

At the bottom of the Royal Mile is the fairytale Palace of Holyroodhouse which also has a Cafe. Round the back of the Palace of Holyroodhouse you can view the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and some fine stone sculptures.

Some exciting stone sculptures behind the back of Holyroodhouse which nobody seems to have found - except by accident - they deserve to be better signposted.

 These sculptures are found at the most western side of Holyrood Park.

 

The sad ruins of Holyrood Abbey.

 

Little is left of Holyrood Abbey's Norman Church, what you see dates from 12th and 13th century built in the Early Gothic style of architecture.

 

 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

 

Walking back up Canongate there is the iron gated entrance to the church of Canongate Kirk. Just outside the entrance is a statue commemorating the work of the Scottish poet Robert Fergusson who was born in Edinburgh in 1730 and died in Bedlam in 1774.

 

Canongate Kirk which exhibits a renaissance style of architecture but was built in the late 17th century.

 

The Old Tolbooth Wynd off Canongate, one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh.

 

Cockburn Street.

 

Edinburgh is the greatest historical city in Scotland renowned for its cosmopolitan culture. So, for the first 'snack' why not visit The National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street in the 'New Town' which is really good place for tea, coffee and light meals.

The fine red sandstone building of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street. The building is modelled on the Doge's Palace in Venice.

 

 

The is a good cafe with an excellent standard of food.

 

The mural summarising Scottish history in the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery - an amazing piece of 'artwork'.

 

The silhouette of Edinburgh Castle in the evening light before catching the train back to Yorkshire - I don't know what the prominent statue on the right is?

 

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