Monday, November 19, 2012

Edinburgh: The Views

Last Saturday, we woke up and headed to London City Airport to catch our flight to Edinburgh.
Did you know that London actually has five airports?
Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted. 
London City is one of the smaller ones so check in and security was a breeze.


Flying is still one of my least favorite things to do,
but I have upgraded from "hot mess" to "relatively stable flyer." 
I realized that I don't hate it any more and 
there are even a few things about the process that I look forward to. 
Definite progress.
Plus there is the massive payoff of visiting some amazing places I've only dreamed of seeing.

Edinburgh is top of that list.  It's an amazing city!
I've mentioned before that every city has it's very own distinctive personality. 
Well, Edinburgh and I definitely clicked. 

So much history and character.  But, it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.
The people were so hospitable and friendly. 
I just love the feel of it. 
And you can see that the weather wasn't too bad.  Just a few showers.

We were able to visit several sites... 
Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, The Whiskey Experience,
the Royal Yacht Britannia and Mary King's Close. 

I have all of the photos edited but don't want to bombard you.
So, I'll be posting them over the next week or two. 

For now, here are some of the fantastic views of the city. 



The highest peak in the background is Arthur's Seat which was formed by an extinct volcano.
It's reported to have the best views but sadly we didn't make it up this time.
It's on the list for next time.  In front of it are the Salisbury Crags.


Most of these photos were taken from Edinburgh Castle
which also sits high upon volcanic rock overlooking the city.

What do you think of Edinburgh?



  1. Lovely pictures, as usual!!
    To be honest, I like Edinburgh but I prefer Inverness or Stirling. I will admit, though, that this opinion is probably due mostly to my only having been to E'burgh during Festival, and I'm not a fan of throngs of tourists, even when I'm one of them ;)
    Edinburgh is a great city to just take a stroll in, and the people-watching during Fringe can't be beat!

    1. And yeah, I know my comment contradicts itself- but I mean the Fringe participants people-watching. They are QUITE entertaining!

  2. One of my favorite cities, and I have been a few times. There is something about it that I just love!

  3. Looks amazing! Would love to visit it one day. Also, props to you for getting over your flying issue. Unfortunately, as I get older, my anxiety seems to grow.

  4. It's a 7 hour flight for me but have been there twice....and dearly loved this beautiful city. I don't like the flight but if I refused to fly I'd never see anything. I'd go back again in a heartbeat!

  5. I visited that wonderful city in September and can't wait to go back! Such an amazing mix of history and cultures. We did manage to climb Arthur's seat since it was beckoning us from the windows of our bed and breakfast, and even though it was very cold and windy at the top, the views made it all worth while! I agree with one of the other comments about Stirling. We loved the castle and just exploring that little town.

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