On my second day in Scotland, Lindsey and I made the one hour train journey into Edinburgh for the day. In the morning, we visited Edinburgh Castle and went on a walking tour where we learned about the history of Edinburgh and Scotland. My favourite things that I learned from that tour were that Edinburgh was a centre for intellectual work and was at one time considered the ‘Athens of the North’ and that they had a great public school system very early on.
After a quick lunch at Nandos, we went to the National Museum of Scotland and explored their exhibit on design. The exhibit explored some history of design in Scotland and included this quote which I really appreciated: “Many designers believed that designing the environment which people inhabited, and the objects they used, would improve the physical and spiritual well being of the nation.” After that, we walked back to Waverley train station and returned to St Andrews.
Click through the photos to learn more about each one! I know that most of the captions talk about how beautiful something was but the city is so beautiful I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
My ticket into Edinburgh.
The first thing we did when we got to Edinburgh was walk up The Royal Mile into Edinburgh Castle.
A closer look at the enterance to Edinburgh Castle
As far as we went inside, we didn’t actually go into the castle.
The view as you exit Edinburgh Castle
Not sure what this building is but it is beautiful!
A breath taking view of Edinburgh overlooking the grass markets.
To the left, The Royal Mile. To the right, the grass markets.
We had the most amazingly clear day. The light was beautiful!
A view of the new town from the hill that Edinburgh Castle sits on.
A look down one of the many staircases in The Old Town.
Another view of Edinburgh Castle from down the hill. We took a walking tour and learned that this hill is the most consistently occupied piece of residential land in the western world? I think that’s what he said!
Edinburgh Castle again from down the hill.
One of the beautiful old town streets!
Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile. This is where they delivered important news to the town.
Maggie DICKSON’S Pub! Unlikely relation, but possible haha!
Lindsey and I in the grass market under Edinburgh Castle.
Another beautiful Old Town street.
Lindsey and I went to the National Museum of Scotland. I was fascinated by the main atrium. I loved this room!
Here you can see more of the roof.
Lindsey and I in the museum right before we saw their fascinating exhibit on design and Dolly the sheep!
I can’t remember what this is but I think it is the tallest free standing monument that commemorates a single author who’s works described Scottish culture? I’ll look into this.
I am pretty sure that this is one of the old parliament buildings. Extremely beautiful!
A quick photo of the old town that I snapped as Lindsey and I walked back to the train station at the end of the day.
Our train back home!