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UNITED KINGDOM - Scotland


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Scotland - Edinburgh; Population - Scotland - 5.2 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - SCOTLAND

I made a last minute decision to go to Scotland, after my flight to Canary Islands was disrupted by snow and a Spanish air traffic controller strike - December 2010. I've also added a few from a sunnier time in May 2016

 

ScotlandnoteThe Scottish version of 20 Pounds Sterling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot6The snow clad slopes below Edinburgh Castle makes great scenery - Edinburgh

 

scot5A statue on Princes Street (not sure of whom) stands in front of the castle - Edinburgh

 

scotland1059Across Princes Street Gardens to the Old Town - Edinburgh

 

scot7Walking on treacherous ground along Rose Street, parallel to Princes Street - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot1 The Bank of Scotland head office as seen from Waverley Bridge - Edinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot9On my way back to my hotel on Shandwick Place I passed this quaint looking café restaurant - Edinburgh

 

scot11Also close to Shandwick Place is St Cuthbert's Church - Edinburgh

 

scot12Edinburgh Castle dominates the city from Castlehill - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot13Taking the south approach to the Castle along Johnston Terrace - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1058Edinburgh Castle on a sunny day in May - Edinburgh

 

scot14A royal castle has occupied the site since the 12th century, though - with the exception of 12th century St Margaret's Chapel - the earliest the present-day buildings date back to is the 16th century - Edinburgh

 

scot15The entrance to Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh

 

scot17Head for the area in front of St Margaret's Chapel for fine views of the city - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot21In the foreground is the National Gallery of Scotland with the Scott Monument behind the Christmas wheel.
Balmoral Hotel lies behind Waverley Station; the Firth of Forth sets the background - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot22Edinburgh's New Town, leading to the Firth of Forth. Princes Street is the road right at the front.

 

scot24The snow covered Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags through a Castle window - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot28The Royal Palace houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot27Windows of the Castle's Great Hall - Edinburgh

 

scotland1074A bird's eye view of Edinburgh Castle from the Camera Obscura terrace - Edinburgh

 

scotland1062Traditional Scottish dancing accompanied by the bagpipes, with the castle as a backdrop - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1064More views from the Camera Obscura, this time of the Old Town with the Firth of Forth in the distance - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1069Looking down the Royal Mile - Edinburgh

 

scotland1080Camera Obscura is a Victorian invention whereby mirrors are used to project a live image of the city on to a table inside the museum. It's fascinating to see what looks like a video image using a 19th century innovation. But this photo has nothing to do with that, as the rest of the exhibition relates to optical illusions - (no) prize for spotting the hidden tiger! Edinburgh

 

scotland1084 This was a rotating drum of flourescent lights. Walk through it and you completely lose balance - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1088The 17th century Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile has been converted to a market - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot33The steeple in this photo belongs to the Church of Scotland's former Assembly Hall which is now a café called The Hub - Edinburgh

 

scot36Walking away from the Castle down the famous Royal Mile - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot40On the Royal Mile is St Giles' Cathedral - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot39St Giles' Cathedral on a chilly December night - Edinburgh

 

scot43The Palace of Holyrood House is the Royal Family's official Scottish residence - Edinburgh

 

scot42The obelisk of the Political Martyrs' Monument on Calton Hill - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot45Beyond the pond lies the Scottish Parliament Builidng - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot59Close to the Scottish Parliament Building is Holyrood Park. Climb one of the paths along the Salisbury Crags for some great views of the city, or go higher still to Arthur's Seat - Edinburgh

 

scot50The snow covered roofs of Edinburgh

 

scot52Rising above the city is Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot54The Nelson Monument (tower, left) and National Monument on Calton Hill - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot61At 251m Arthur's Seat is the highest point in Edinburgh

 

scot63A section of the Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park - Edinburgh

 

scot66Behind the Winter Wonderland slide is the huge Scott Monument - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot3Sir Walter Scott was an 18th/19th century Scottish novelist and poet - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot69A temporary ice rink in the Princes Street Gardens; to the left, the Winter Wonderland ferris wheel and beyond, the Balmoral Hotel - Edinburgh

 

scot70Shops and stalls at Winter Wonderland, off Princes Street - Edinburgh

 

scot70aWhen it's around -5°C a mulled wine goes down a treat - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot74Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot72Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh

 

scot71Another look at the Castle and Princes Street Gardens - Edinburgh

 

scot79North west of city centre is an area called Dean Village, formerly a grain milling hamlet - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot80The Water of Leith river passes through Dean Village - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot89There's more views to be had from Calton Hill, again with the Castle in the distance - Edinburgh

 

scot91Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat - Edinburgh

 

scot93Across the New Town to the Firth of Forth - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot94Making a snowman on Calton Hill, in front of the National Monument; the Nelson Monument is on the left - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot98The Dugald Stewart Monument overlooks the city centre - Edinburgh

 

scot102There's many narow alleyways, called closes, in Edinburgh. The Real Mary King's Close tour is definitely worth doing, taking you to centuries-old streets that lie beneath present-day Edinburgh.

 

scot103The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a world famous performing arts festival held every August - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot107The curving Victoria Street - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1091If you have time take a half-day or more to Cramond, a suburb in the north west of Edinburgh, about 4km from the Forth Bridge

 

scotland1098A lovely walking trail follows the Almond River from Queensferry Road to the coast - Edinburgh

 

scotland1099Boats line the River Almond as it flows (?!) into the Forth of Firth at Cramond - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1109If the tide is out take the causeway to Cramond Island - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1113The Forth Bridge from Cramond Island - Edinburgh

 

scotland1118I heard of another war bunker opening soon as a museum, but couldn't see anything obvious in the location off Clermiston Road North - Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot111The white stuff caused lots of delays and cancellations to trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow

 

scot112A statue of Scottish explorer David Livingston stands in front of Glasgow Cathedral - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot118The Glasgow City Chambers sit behind the Cenotaph in George Square - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot115George Square, Glasgow

 

 

scot119The Victorian era George Square - Glasgow

 

scot121Sir Walter Scott stands in the centre of George Square - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot125The Merchant City area of Glasgow, where wealthy tobacco importers built grandiose buildings in the 18th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot130Glasgow Green is a park in the east of the city centre, on the banks of the River Clyde - Glasgow

 

scot132The Winter Gardens and People's Palace in Glasgow Green, Glasgow

 

scot134Queen Victoria must feel a bit chilly - Glasgow Green, Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot136An icy River Clyde - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot138The Clyde Arc spans the River Clyde - Glasgow

 

scot139The Finnieston Crane and Clyde Auditorium (part of the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, or SECC) lie on the banks of the River Clyde - Glasgow

 

scot141The Clyde Auditorium, left, and Finnieston Crane - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot142Opposite the Clyde Auditorium are the studios of BBC Scotland - Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scot143At Glasgow Harbour is The Tall Ship - Glasgow

 

scot144I think the pub has a sense of humour rather than illiterate barstaff - Glasgow

 

scot145Christmas shopping on the streets of Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland770Lively bars on the streets of Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitscotland.com - Scotland tourist board

www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

www.travelinescotland.com - public transport info for Scotland

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.britainexpress.com

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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