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Edinburgh

This will be a long, tiring day for anyone who is perhaps not as fit as they used to be! Please see the itinerary. However, Edinburgh has some wonderful attractions to visit.

Your comfort stop en route to Edinburgh is Berwick Garden Centre for a quick whistle stop look around or a cup of tea or coffee in the Kingfisher restaurant and a ‘freshen up’.   Unfortunately time does not permit a long stay here with only 30 minutes for your visit.

The Carlton Hotel where you will have lunch is approximately 800 yards from Edinburgh Castle.

Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Croutons

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Chargrilled Chicken, Roast Potatoes, & Roasted Root Vegetables

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Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Crème Anglaise

Hilly Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City, has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings.

Princes Street has a wealth of shopping if that is what you are looking for, but if you just want to sit and relax, there is Princes Street Gardens where there is often live entertainment during the summer.

Please see a list of activities here.

There are a number of free attractions worth seeing such as the Writers’ Museum, St Giles Cathedral, Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace is always worth a visit, but Scotland’s most famous tourist attraction is of course Edinburgh Castle.  It was awarded Best Heritage attraction at the 2011 British Travel Awards. This award has been won several times, beating off competition from the likes of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.

The Castle was the birthplace of James VI of Scotland (who became James I of England in 1603), born to Mary Queen of Scots in the Royal Residence in 1566.  The buildings within the fortress include a 12th century chapel – Edinburgh’s oldest building- and the Great Hall, completed in 1511.

The Castle has had a rich and colourful history, withstanding numerous attacks from Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads in 1650, and William and Mary’s army in 1689.

Edinburgh Castle is home to the National War Museum of Scotland (It is still an active army base), hosts the Edinburgh Military Tattoo every August, and is used in the summer as an outdoor concert venue.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny (the coronation stone of Scottish monarchs) was returned to the Castle. The Stone and the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) are on display there, as is Mons Meg, a giant siege gun given to James II in 1457.

Most of what you’ll see in Edinburgh is right along the Royal Mile, or a short distance from it. The Scotch Whiskey Experience, Palace of Holyrood, Arthur’s Seat, pubs, shops, etc… it’s all there.  See our website for links to more information.

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