i think we all fell in love with this city the minute the airport shuttle dropped us off at our stop, this was the view…..
we stayed in new town, it’s pretty much divided by princess street but this 11th century castle can be viewed from much of the old town and new town. on our walk to the castle we took a short cut through princess street gardens and onto the infamous royal mile. this medieval fortress houses the crown jewels but they have nothing on the crown jewels in england.
have i mentioned we have some pretty huge harry potter fans:) so of course we needed to schedule time for the potter trail magical walking tour through old town. the tour guide was entertaining and even had our youngest paying close attention to every detail.
we really wanted to see this view of the entire city we kept reading about, so up calton hill we headed. the view was as spectacular as i imagined it to be…
arthur’s seat was a request from the kids, they wanted to hike and see who could get to the top first! i could only wish to have the energy of a kid again. it was a fun adventure and the littlest even commented on being able to see the whole world from up there 🙂
after a nice long hike up and back down we headed to sheep heid inn, it is one of the oldest public houses in the world established in 1360. the food was delicious and it’s exciting to think of all the people who have sat in the same seats!
we took the loch lomond and the trossachs national park with a stop at stirling castle tour. we enjoyed hearing the tales of scottish heroes rob roy and william wallace, it was such a great way to see some of the highlands and experience the beauty of scotland!
this picture os one of my favorites.
palace of holyroodhouse and holyrood abbey
i could walk up and down royal mile hundreds of times and still not get to take it all in!
city by night