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Wednesday 26 March 2014

A Right Royal Day

Waking up on our first day in Edinburgh, It was nice to see the rain had eased and it was trying very hard to be sunny. We were really feeling the cold here so our first stop today was M&S to buy some extra socks/stockings.  A quick breakfast in the M&S cafe and then we went to find the bus stop for the Hop-on-hop-off bus.  I highly recommend these type of city bus tours.  I have done them in several cities now and it is the easiest way to get around and see everything that is worthwhile seeing as well as getting invaluable and interesting information regarding your surroundings. Because of the shorter days we planned to make the most of it by picking two destinations that we definately wanted to see and work around those.

First up we decided to get off the bus at Holyroodhouse Palace which is still used as the Queen's residence when she visits Edinburgh. The palace is closed when she is in residence so I, for one, was pleased she was not in town.

 This is one of those tourist sights that gives you an audio tour as part of the ticket price.  The history of this palace is very interesting as it was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and where she spent much of her time after returning from France following the death of her husband.  No photography allowed within the walls of the palace but you can take photos in the abbey ruins adjoining the palace.  The abbey was burned down by Henry VIII's army after Mary broke the treaty to marry his son Edward and went to France to marry it's heir, the Dauphin, instead.

Holyroodhouse is at the bottom end (so to speak) of the Royal Mile, which starts UP at Edinburgh Castle, and is next to Holyrood Park.  That is where you will find Arthurs Seat which is part of the hills you can see peeping out next to Holyroodhouse in the next picture.  We would find another time to visit Holyrood Park.

Right now we had plans to board Her Majesty's Royal Yacht, Britannia and it was quite a distance on the tour bus so time to get going.

We had to travel to the port of Leith which is quite a distance outside of the city of Edinburgh. On the way we went past Edinburgh Castle which we would visit later and also the Royal Botanic Gardens which was also quite a way out of the city centre.

Eventually we reached the Ocean Terminal and made our way to try and find the yacht.  I was disappointed that we couldn't see the yacht initially but had to enter the precinct before it could be seen at all.
In saying that, once we were on board, I just loved this attraction.  Having a peek into the captain, then the officers and then the sailors quarters was very interesting.  After we saw that we went to the Royal quarters and saw how they spent the time aboard.  My favourite area was the sitting room where we are told the Royal Family would gather to chat, listen to music or play board games. It all felt very cosy.
By now it was time for lunch and I had heard that the on board restaurant was worth a try so Miss M and I went to find out for ourselves.  We ordered a soup and sandwich combo which we ate while watching another ship navigate its way into the harbour.
After lunch we did some more exploring and had a look through the enormous laundry on board, the onboard hospital, the mail room and the small kiosk where, we were told, Wills and Harry would spend their pocket money on chocolate or sweets.  It was open for trade and they were selling fudge which was made on site but it was very crowded so we passed by without buying anything.

I really did enjoy visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia but it was time to head back into the centre of Edinburgh. 


  1. Wonderful pictures,thanks for sharing .Enjoy the rest of your trip.x

  2. What a buzz to visit Britannia! You can visit castles etc. every day of the week, but this sounds special.

  3. Wonderful...so nice to visit vicariously through you! One day, I hope to visit all of these wonderful places in person.

  4. YOu are definitely on a dream vacation. How i envy you. Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs! deb

  5. Hi Cath,
    Those pics are devine!! The palace is just fflorious, I hope
    you touched all the brickwork for the texture!! Gosh I sound
    crazy....but that's what I did in Italy.....touched everything! lol
    Cheers, Anita.


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