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.…

Victoria and Albert museum

Visiting London for a few days to see family, I made time to go see the fantastic Victoria and Albert Museum. I had visited it a few times before, but always with limited time to go see some special exhibition. Now I wanted to see the permanent collections of global and historical design, arts and…

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…

I have a home!

A home at last! After seventeen long months I have a home again! And in beautiful Edinburgh! Monday – getting my keys I can’t describe what it felt like opening the door to my new home for the first time in such a long time. My travels were absolutely amazing but I did miss having…

Castles in Ayr

I am writing this sitting on my very own sofa in my new flat in Edinburgh, while I wait for several deliveries today. I have more to say about having a home after such a long time on the road (spoiler – it’s heavenly!), but for now, the final entry in my Scotland travels during…

Ayr and Robert Burns

The last of my Edinburgh exile destinations was Ayr, a small town west of Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland. It was an easy 2 hour journey from Garelochhead, with a change in Glasgow. I think I was in Glasgow once on business, but I doubt that I saw any of the city back…