I am from the UK, but I had never been to Edinburgh in Scotland before until last year. It took me to be on a cruise to get there.
I have been to Scotland but not to Edinburgh so, I went on a tour to see the sights of the city. My tour included Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Princes Street.
As it was the beginning of August the city was packed, the fringe festival was on so there were people everywhere.
I visited Edinburgh Castle where Mary Queen of Scots lived. The castle is set on a rock that lies at the top of the city, unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo to capture how dramatic it looked. The castle is called the castle in the air, as it is so high up.
I saw the Scottish crown jewels and walked around the part of the castle was where Mary Queen of Scots lived and gave birth to her son James. What I really enjoyed was the view of the city from the castle as you could see right out to sea.
After the castle tour, we went for lunch, but that was nothing to write home about! Then we went to Princes Street (the main high street) and went to a large souvenir shop and I had to buy something! So I bought myself and my husband beautiful cashmere tartan scarves (not matching!).
The Royal Yacht Britannia
My favourite part of the day was going on board The Royal Yacht Britannia. It was fascinating.
I love looking at ships and this yacht was more like a ship than a yacht! This yacht had a laundry like a cruise ship would, on a smaller scale.
Different mess rooms and bars for the different ranks of crew and officers working onboard, several galleys, a medical centre and then the royal quarters and cabins and a Rolls Royce!
It was interesting to see the Royal rooms the cabins were up high so no one could walk past and see them. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh slept in separate bedrooms in single beds.
There was one Royal cabin that had a double bed that was put in when Charles and Diana went on their honeymoon. The style of the yacht was based on a country home (a high-end one!).
The entertaining dining room was a huge room with a dining table that sat around 20. This room was used as a cinema room and a ballroom.
The Queen and Prince had separate studies. The living room was a large and only room that looked like a country home.
The only part of the ship that is still in use is the galley as you can have lunch or afternoon tea in the café onboard. If you are going to Edinburgh add this to your list.
If you are staying in Edinburgh, you may also like to see the Scottish Highlands which is the perfect day trip from the city.
- Weather is the summer months: 14*C – 20*C
- Language: English
- Currency: Pound Sterling
- Wear layers
- Bring an umbrella as it may rain!
- Also, I recommend you bring a lightweight packable rain jacket so you can pop it in your bag just in case!
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Love Lucy x