Scotland, United Kingdom
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I have visited Edinburgh several times before but usually in October when the skies are grey and it can be quite cold so I was stunned to see how beautiful it looked in the brilliant sunshine of July. I stayed at Lauderville Guest House on Mayfield Road which is a short bus ride from Waverley station(all day, use on any bus, ticket is £3.50, really good value!). Lovely comfortable guest house, good breakfast with plenty of choice. Princes Street is great for shopping and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to suit every taste. You can step back in time by visiting The Dome on George Street for lunch. Built in 1776 as a physicians house, it later was occupied by Royal Bank of Scotland and still has all the style and character you would expect to find in Edinburgh. If like me you like tapas you won't go wrong with a visit to Cafe Andaluz, also on George Street. Fantastic tapas, authentic and lots of choice. Stepping into here on a hot day I could easily have been in Spain. Having seen the castle a few times(though not to be missed if you've not been before) I wanted to visit Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht, which is moored at Leith. I walked from the guest house, but the bus into the city stops just up the road from the guest house and then another bus could take you to Holyrood. Holyrood is set in beautiful parkland at the opposite end of Royal Mile to the castle. Although it was smaller than I expected, it is steeped in history, you can walk through rooms that Ann, Queen of Scots occupied. I was surprised to find there is a ruined abbey which dates back to 1100s adjoining the house and, included in the entrance fee for the house, you can have a guided tour of the abbey. My guide was Juan, Spanish not Scottish, but he was a mine of information. Very interesting visit which took up all of the morning not least because I couldn't stop taking photos. Just across the road from Holyrood you can catch a bus(No.35) to Leith to the Ocean Terminal, there is a small shopping precinct and adjacent is the quay where the Royal Yacht is berthed, access to the yacht is from the first floor of the precinct. When you pay you are given a handset which, when you press the appropriate number, tells you all about the area of the yacht you are in. The yacht didn't look very big from the outside but once on board it seemed like a tardis. You can see into the royal cabins although you are not allowed to go into them but you are allowed to walk round the lounge where the Queen would entertain guests and even see the laundry where both the Royal Family and the staff had their washing done. A lovely way to round of your visit is with an afternoon tea in tea rooms on the top deck. On the second day I went on a tour of Mary Kings Close. The tour takes you down into the old streets of Edinburgh which are buried under part of the Royal Mile. You get an insight into life in the city a couple of hundred years ago which makes you wonder how the people survived. Not to be missed! My last tour might not be for everyone – I took a ghost tour, setting of at 9pm around one of the oldest church yards in the city. I don't want to tell you too much as it would spoil it, but some interesting facts and a bit spooky. I packed quite a lot into my visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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