Saturday, January 12, 2008

Edinburgh, Scotland

Continuing with our 12 Night British Isles / Norwegian Fjords cruise, our next port was Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland . This was our second time in Greenock, so we decided to do a tour of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, on our own. Edinburgh is about 45 minutes away, via ScotRail, from where we docked. Since RCCL was offering a bus transfer to Edinburgh, we decided to use that option instead.

Should you decide to use the ship's shuttle to Edinburgh, you need to be aware that a fair amount of walking will be required from the unloading point to any of the attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle.

As the bus pulled into town, we passed by the castle, so we had no problems determining which way to walk after getting off the shuttle bus. It was raining, but that didn't dampen our spirits as we walked to the castle. When we got there, a parade was underway. We watched the parade and then went into the castle grounds to begin our exploration. We spent several hours touring the castle, had some lunch, and then checked out the local stores before retuning to the bus pickup location.

Some other popular attractions in Edinburgh are Palace Of Holyroodhouse , the Scott Monument, the New Parliament Building Information Centre, the Lauriston Castle, and the Nelson Monument.

For more pictures of Edinburgh Castle, see our Kodak Gallery album. There are additional albums posted under the Gallery drop down on my Scotland page of our Cruise Vacations website. See that page for links to other planning resources and information about our previous trip to this area.

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