For our vacation this year, we were considering a few spots. Iceland, Denmark, and Scotland. V said she wanted to see castles so Scotland won. We ended up spending 10 full days there and then 2 full days in London before heading back home. And to be perfectly honest, I wish we could have stayed longer in Scotland. It’s beautiful and green, it has friendly people with lovely musical accents, and it has a great mix of history (going all the way back to prehistoric stuff) and nature (mountains, lakes, sea…) We were unlucky in that it was cloudy and rainy most of the time but at least, we didn’t get bothered by any bugs. Besides, one day in Brooklyn’s humid heat and I just want that weather back, rain and all!
I’ve only just started going through all the pictures I took. I decided to start with Edinburgh and worked hard to limit myself to 12 pictures that more or less tell the story of our trip.
On our first day, we started with the most obvious: Edinburgh Castle.
We took a guided tour and then roamed around all morning. There is so much to see!
This ceiling was painstakingly recreated according to just a small piece of the original plaster. They also redid all the hand painting on the walls. It’s amazing work.
I have an obsession for the smaller details and textures. I have a bunch of that kind of picture that I’m saving for another post. This one is one of my favorites. It’s right a the top of the stairs leading to small chapel. I loved the contrast of the smooth thistle and the rough stones from the chapel wall.
And this just might be my favorite of the Edinburgh set. That’s Arthur’s Seat that you see. At that point, I wanted to climb it but thought we might not have the time.
From Edinburgh Castle, we walked down the Royal Mile.
(This picture was actually taken on the way back up after a rainfall.)
We stepped into St Giles Cathedral.
It’s absolutely gorgeous inside. That’s where I wish I could do HDR pictures. The ceilings were so detailed but required a longer exposure than the stained glass windows. Combining a few exposures would have yielded the best results.
All the way down to Holyrood, which we couldn’t visit because the queen was in residence. (I confess I was castled out for the day at this point anyway.)
(I also have the same shot but with more depth of field so that the palace is in focus but I like this blurry one better.)
On our second day, we visited the Scott Monument and climbed all the way to the top. V was scared on the way down. The stairs are narrow and winding and I can’t say I was exactly calm myself.
(We spent the afternoon at the National Museum of Scotland with a friend of mine and her two children and I put my camera away.)
Our last day in Scotland, we came back to Edinburgh and had the afternoon and evening to do something. M knew how much I wanted to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat so we gave it a shot. We weren’t sure the girls would be up to it but we figured we should try. After all, if my phone doesn’t lie, they had already managed days of walking 15,000 to 20,000 steps and climbing up to 50 flights. Besides, we hadn’t walked much at all yet that day and they’d napped in the car. So we tried.
And they made it! They had to push past a bit of fear to get to the very top but they did it.
I was anxious about the way down because there’s a lot of loose gravel that you could easily skid on. M took care of V and I took care of E and they did a great job.
They got an ice cream treat at the bottom. And had dessert after dinner too. They deserved it.