Linlithgow Palace

When I started writing this blog post of my recent visit to Linlithgow Palace, I paused to wonder why it was a “palace” and not a “castle”. What is the difference? Google to the rescue! According to this post, castles’ main objective was to be a fortification in preparation for battle, whereas palaces were purpose…

Edinburgh peaks: Calton Hill

You know, they really should re-name it to Carlton Hill, as that is what I keep typing. That said, Calton Hill is one of the main peaks in Edinburgh, with two remnants of extinct volcanoes,¬†Arthur’s Seat and Castle Hill. I will likely write a separate post about Salisbury Crags someday even thought it is part…

The Whisky Experience

With an old friend in town, I finally had company to go on the Whisky Experience tour near Edinburgh Castle. We opted for the Gold tour, costing 26 GBP, which included a dram on the tour plus four different whiskies to taste at the end of the tour. Our tour started with a barrel ride,…

War museums in Edinburgh Castle

I intended to include all of Edinburgh Castle in one post, but there was just so much to explore that the post got overly long. This post includes only the war and military related museums on site, so if war is not your jam, get thee from hence! There aren’t many photos from inside the…

Finally, Edinburgh Castle

After all these weeks in Edinburgh, I finally made it to the eponymous castle. And then it took me three tries to explore it all. On the first day I spent most of the day at the castle and saw most of it, but when I got home I realized I had only seen part…

Chasing Harry Potter around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is of course the birthplace of Harry Potter, as JK Rowling was living here and writing her books at cafes around town. Quite a few sites were also an inspiration to her, or at least now evoke the wizarding world, whether JK Rowling has explicitly mentioned them as sources or not. There are many…

Craigmillar Castle

More castles in Scotland! Craigmillar Castle came to my attention when I saw photos of Chris Pine shooting a film about Robert the Bruce there a few weeks ago. Well, I missed the fine mr Pine, but the castle was still a great visit. And another castle (after Doune) that I visited where they had…

The Riding the Marches

It was a glorious Sunday when I made my way to town to watch the annual Riding of the Marches. The event has existed for centuries, and in present form commemorates the Captain of the City Band (!) riding his horse to Edinburgh in 1513 to announce the news of the loss at Flodden Fields.…

Edinburgh peaks: Arthur’s Seat

Start with the highest, work your way down, right? I was on my way to a vintage fair that turned out to be the next day, and on my roundabout way back home I first saw St Anthony’s chapel ruins behind a little loch and decided to climb it. I just saw the ruin peaking…