As much as we enjoyed Glasgow, we liked Edinburgh even more.
Everywhere you look there’s a pretty old pretty building looking back at you. The Old Town’s medieval and Reformation-era buildings and the New Town’s Georgian terraces slope down sharply into the valley of central Princes Street Gardens, and we walked all over all of them.
Here’s a view of Old Town from across the gardens.
This is the Sir Walter Scott Memorial.
We camped in nearby Kinross and took the bus in to the city every morning. On our way too the bus stop we’d pass this very new pony…
…and we’d buy a baguette for the day, which the self-checkout called a “crusty stick.”
We were there on a Sunday, and thought it would be neat to attend a service at St. Mary’s cathedral. There it is way at the end of the street.
Here it is closer up.
An imposing interior.
The choir was on holiday, but the gigantic pipe organ wasn’t, and it boomed and swelled with great power.
There was a man next to us who sounded like Werner Herzog when he talked and Mr. Bean when he sang, especially on the “allelujahs.”
We also visited the National Gallery of Scotland, a couple National Trust properties: Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House, and the incredible Museum of Scotland, where Karen found a lighthouse for her mom, and we played Where’s The Ryan On The Steam Locomotive.
A view was viewed from the roof.
After walking through the entire history of Scotland, we thought we’d seen the whole museum. We were about to leave when we came through a doorway into these massive, cavernous galleries, housing natural history, science, anthropology, and space exhibits.
Ryan posed with his favorite terrestrial mammal.
But the jewel in the crown that was Edinburgh, which was perched gloriously on top of the shaggy head that was our trip so far, was certainly a visit to the Elephant House, the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling conceived the first Harry Potter novels.
Karen drinks a flat white in honor of Jessie and Bebe Cave.
Here’s Ms. Rowling’s view from the window, in which you can see Edinburgh Castle towering in the distance above the city. Could this have been the inspiration for Hogwarts?
Ryan also sketched the castle from a different viewpoint.
Let’s end up with some random photos of this beautiful city.
Alright, okay, one last round of Which One Is Ryan.