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Edinburgh (Scotland) Vacation Travel Video Guide

Edinburgh (Scotland) Vacation Travel Video Guide



Edinburgh capital of Scotland it features the architectural contrast of a medieval old town at a new town in Georgian style with its Castle Hill fortress and nearby attractions in the centre of the old town Edinburgh Castle sits atop the basalt cone of a long extinct volcano the heart of the nation this the most visited castle in Scotland is still guarded by soldiers but it's now mainly tourists who stormed off and rock both Umbreon king edwin commanded the castle to be built in the seventh century AD the castle on the hill edinburgh over the centuries the castle has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt adding to the colorful pages of adventurous Scottish history the National War Museum is housed within a former munition store and displays unique ancient weaponry uniforms paintings and regimental coats of arms Scotland's military tradition of Highland soldiers from the 17th century until the present day the castle was subject to a total of 13 attacks and including a time when Mary Stewart lived within its walls defied a siege of almost two years the regimental Museum of the Royal Scots commemorates the oldest Infantry Regiment of the British Army founded in 1633 something to capture the attention at precisely one o'clock each day a cannon shot rings out a daily tradition since June 1861 and the residents of Edinburgh set their clocks accordingly in the 15th century the royal palace was built on the area's highest ground an enclosed building complex around crown square the Great Hall was completed in 1511 and served as the main location of all royal ceremonies clothes buyers stored Scotland's crown jewels which include the scepter crown and sword of state the Canon of the half moon battery and four wall battery protected the highest plateau and surveyed the only access to the castle from which any possible attack could be made the Royal Mile leads from the mighty fortress downwards a sloping road from which narrow streets branch off containing various buildings these are only the upper floors of the up to 15 story first skyscrapers in Europe whose underworld has now been closed in the backyards a small museums and disguised freedom fighters and proud War veterans accompany tourists on their way down towards the valley below the Royal Mile divided into various sections with descriptive names this one is the lawn market in which fine linen was sold and the grass market where for centuries a cattle market was held sanjaya's Cathedral is closely associated with Scottish history this one of the main churches of Presbyterianism is named after the patron of the city john knox was pastor here and succeeded in making Presbyterianism Scotland's official religion the late gothic building mainly dates from the 15th century and impresses with its columns blue ceiling and new colorful glass windows it's pipe organ is often heard the sound reverberating across the many tombs monuments and dark gray walls of the Cathedral a true gem built of the finest wood and stone is the fascinating Chapel of the Scottish order of the Thistle to which 16 noble knights belong some Giles is a place of Reformation and we're the Church of Scotland was born just off the upper Royal Mile is the church and cemetery of Greyfriars with its many historical and atmospheric tombs this cemetery became well-known Judah to Irishman who exudes newly buried corpses in 1827 in order to sell them to the local anatomical Institute therefore it's hardly surprising that the city's ghost tours are so popular with visits to the cemetery in late at night and tales of dirty deeds and deadly goings-on in the church itself in the center of the site there's now no sign of a devastating gunpowder explosion and fire which once took place here Greyfriars Bobby attained much celebrity a loyal Skye Terrier who following the funeral of his master guarded the grave for 14 years before he too finally passed away you the Royal bile continues Edinburgh is historic tourist route and also its oldest street next performer home of John Knox it was here that the famous reformer resided and led debates on questions of faith with Mary Queen of Scots he was a highly convincing speaker and even complain to the inappropriate moral conduct of the Queen the road narrows and the slope disappears here is an exciting contrast of styles the modern Scottish Parliament and the old royal palace beyond the rocks of Holyrood Park and in front a white Exhibition marquee the palace of holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the British Queen and was originally just an extension to the eponymous Abbey James the fourth initiated construction of the palace in 1498 which was subsequently extended for some years Mary Queen of Scots resided here a well-kept park surrounds the ruins of both Abbey and castle directly at the foot of the rocks here Holyrood Park begins since the 12th century royal hunts took place here today it's used for recreation and covers 270 acres Oh the ruins of sedan thinnies Chapel situated high on cliffs above a lake a splendid and atmospheric setting located on Edinburgh is very own mountain from here begins the steep ascent of what is an extinct volcano one of the city's seven hills the view improves with each step the 250 meter high peak is known as Arthur's Seat it's not known why and certainly has nothing to do with King Arthur on the other side we descend past st. margaret's law a small lake with swans nest egrets and ancient rune stones the final section leads to dudingston lakh a fine Nature Reserve with ducks and geese darling still itself is a dreamy village it's very old sheep he'd in and built-in 11:24 darling Stern kak where Bonnie Prince Charlie once stayed and Walter Scott was church elder it's one of the oldest Norman churches in Scotland and is still in use today in 1913 a zoo was opened here it's well known for breeding endangered species and numerous talks and displays turn the visit into an educational adventure it's situated on a hillside the animals live in well-maintained enclosures it's tropical house contains plants butterflies and birds quite a contrast to the climate normally associated with the region feeding is also permitted large outdoor enclosures provide much space for the diverse wildlife that has well looked after in this Royal Zoo around a thousand animals inhabit the zoo including white rhinos meerkats penguins and monkeys in a depression between Castle Hill and Newton goes once a small lake which later became a cesspit at the western entrance of princes street gardens is the Church of sand Cuthbert with its old cemetery where formerly noir law the cesspit once gave off its odors in 1876 a park was created a green oasis in a city that provides relaxation and with luck a touch of Sun in an open-air theatre on the hillside adjacent to Princess Street various concerts take place in summer there's an ocean of blossoming flowers and a splendid view from the large fountain up to the castle the people of Edinburgh appreciate their city and take advantage of every sunny day here the building plans of 22 year-old James Craig were realized a broad Boulevard called the Mount divides the western and eastern sections of the gardens the museum's of the Royal Scottish Academy are located here a relief of the old town provides an insight to its structure the wide street leads up to the castle from where there's a view of the eastern section of the gardens the East Princess Street gardens are smaller but just as popular a green paradise with large trees and well manicured lawns on the upper edge of the slope the Magnificent buildings of Princess Street can be seen here stands probably the largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer this is a walter scott's monument you know modern city planning adapted harmoniously into that of the past the Northbridge became the main axis between the two districts at the end of princess Street is the luxurious Balmoral Hotel that was built as a station hotel at the beginning of the 20th century its clock tower served as a landmark for both travelers and city dwellers alike beyond rises another Hill Calton Hill which features a bizarre combination of monuments including the observatory and the national monument 12 Doric columns of neoclassical design built by William Henry play fair from here the view of holyroodhouse and park is an unforgettable experience especially in the early evening light these many monuments inspired the city to be described as the Athens of the north and Robert Louis Stevenson also led his own brand exuberant descriptions to the city's remarkable scenery Charlotte Square with its central equestrian monument of Prince Albert is considered to be a masterpiece of urban design Newton was designed as a healthy environment and as a representative and distinguished capital for the city's wealthier inhabitants palatial buildings surrounded jewels of the Georgian era the owners were wealthy but not necessarily noble on three floors and house number seven 18th century life can be observed up to six servants worked in the household and furniture paintings China silver and numerous works of art indicate the lifestyle of the gentry of those times dean village is a tranquil rural suburb of embera situated along a small river the water of leith and located below newton much vegetation many villas and rows of small houses line the narrow streets along the slopes of the river valley a natural Edel on the edge of the city the former mill village is now a popular and expensive residential area the journey along the river Lethe to its outlet in the North Sea is a romantic route here one stood several water mills where Miller's took advantage of the power of water today the comms are the flowing water accompanies a pleasant walk about halfway along the route is the Royal Botanic Gardens second oldest botanical garden founded in 1670 a huge and abundant collection with more than 15,000 species of plants that can be seen here both outdoors and in a number of greenhouses throughout the year this expansive garden also contains the famous pringle Chinese collection the largest collection of Chinese wildflowers outside China between meadows and huge old trees is the white Victorian palm house and contemporary Scottish works of art there are also ten air-conditioned glass houses and in a rock garden alpine class and small palms attract birds and aquatic animals now comes the final section of the river Lethe to its mouth a narrow path snakes its way along the river back between sections that are similar to Meadows but water seems to be motionless but next the Leith widens and passes over a weir finally we arrived at our destination at high tide the sea reaches here Leith Edinburgh is historic port welcomes us with its seaside promenade renovated warehouses and residential buildings that reveal its former prosperity in the 12th century here's a tiny fishing village but in Victorian times Leith became an important maritime trading centre for the city of Edinburgh with a decline of maritime trade in the 1970s the harbor area of Scotland's gateway to the world went into decline however this city by the sea with its signal tower has since enjoyed a revival with its historic old buildings having been transformed into apartments at a general air of chic renewal now dominating the area next to the remaining docks were the cranes containers and warehouses a restaurants bars at a large shopping centre Oh this city of poets and culture is one of the oldest urban regions in Europe and the home of the strata Sh nation Edinburgh is both nostalgic and romantic the proud heart of an historic land


Reader Comments

  1. Oddly enough, narrated by one of their bestest friends, an Englishman. Were there not any Scots to do the job?

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