Thursday, December 23, 2010

On the Road . . . Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano, dominates the city skyline. It's Scotland's most visited tourist attraction.

The walk from the entrance was steep and gave you a real sense of how immense this imposing structure is.

The view of the city was spectacular.

The dog cemetery at Edinburgh Castle: only one other dog cemetery exists in Scotland - at Fort George, near Inverness, built in the aftermath of the battle of Culloden in 1746.

Edinburgh Castle was a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603; in the 17th Century it became a military base with a large garrison.

Prestonfield was built in 1687 for Sir James Dick; today it's a hotel and tourist venue celebrating Scottish heritage with singing, dancing, bagpipe playing and sampling of Scotland's national dish - haggis.

Scott Hunter, our Trafalgar tour guide, proudly represented his clan at the "Taste of Scotland," held at Prestonfield for the past 36 years. Scott earned a 10+ from Doug and me; he made our trip a wonderful experience.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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