Mom and I flew into Gatwick Airport on Dec 16th, 2001, and took the Flying Scotsman train directly up to Edinburgh. Mom says that following a nine-hour plane ride with a five-hour train trip wasn't a very good idea, but I don't have much problem with it. We crashed early that evening after finding food in a small restaurant near the B&B we stayed at (The Stuarts. We recommend it.) and the next morning took a Guide Friday open-top bus tour around town. After the bus tour, Edinburgh Castle was the first stop. You can get a far better summary of its history and a photo tour at the Caledonian Castles Edinburgh Castle website than you can here.
|Shot up in the main area of the castle. The building to the right is a memorial to Scottish soldiers who died in war this century.|
|Every day at 1:00 PM, Staff Sergeant Tom 'Tam the Gun' McKay fires the One O'Clock Gun from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, to serve as a time-signal for the ships in the Firth of Forth. The gun has been fired every day since 1861. This picture was taken just moment after he shot the gun - you can see the smoke drifting off to the right. A page written by Tam the Gun himself can be found here.|
A shot from the curving drive shortly before the final gate of the castle (the castle has 6 gates in total), over Edinburgh New Town to the north. You can see the Firth of Forth - that bit of ocean - and just beyond it the land mass known as Fife.
The walls of the castle, from the same place as the previous shot. I just turned to the right. You can tell how steep the drive is - good defenses when the castle was built. The bricks and stones in the road were laid by French prisoners of war during the early 1800s.
|A better shot of the inner area of the castle. St. Margaret's Chapel - the oldest building in Edinburgh - is the building to the left with the roof that looks pixelated.|
|My mother. Mostly taken so we have something to show our relatives when they ask "But didn't you take any pictures of yourself?" Why *do* people have the urge to take pictures of themselves in front of monuments? To prove they were there? Documenting myself just seems to be an urge I'm missing.|
|I'm standing outside the main gate looking out towrds the city. That big parking lot is where the Black Watch does the Military Tattoo.|
|View from the castle parking lot out over the city to the south.|