Today we had a full day in Edinburgh starting with a local guide taking us around the main highlights of the city. The guide was a funny Scotsman who was very keen to get our group first into Edinburg castle and then high priority into Holyrood Palace. After a drive around the city centre where the guide pointed out a number of famous places of Edinburgh we entered the Castle as soon as it opened. This was quite good as everywhere we went there was no one else there. The guide quickly took us to see the crown jewels, castle rooms and viewing points before letting us wander on our own. We then visited Holyrood Palace where he pushed us through each room giving his version of history and formal use of the rooms. He made the tour funny and entertaining.
This finished at about 12pm so we explored the city on our own, the city had a Fringe festival on ans the main street mall just down from Edinburgh castle has a was filled with people playing out their shows, some seemed interesting and others “unusual”.
We had lunch at a nice café near the main street then walked to the café that J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Just as we got there it started to pour with rain so was stayed and had a cup of tea. It was a nice and rustic café with views of Edinburgh castle out the back windows. There were many articles on J.K Rowling on the walls so she has probably made the café very popular now.
We then walked to castle hill lookout stopping at a Fringe show on the way, it was claimed to be very funny but I think all the laughs were coming from family members! We eventually got to Castle Hill to get 360 degree views over Edinburgh, worth the walk.
Tonight we were off to the military Tattoo, it was a short walk from the hotel so we walked to another area for dinner then went to line up for the Tattoo. The line appeared huge but moved very quickly and got to our seats easily. The show was great with some groups amazing to watch, there were American drummers that were very fast and precise. They drummed in perfect time, hitting their own and each other’s drums, sword fighting with drum sticks with the tapping matching drum beats etc. The Norwegian army with bayonet guns were very good too.
During the show the castle walls were lit up with different colours and pictures. The show finished with fireworks and we all left the area quite easily for the number there. We were lucky that it was a mild night with no rain!