Touring Before the
2000 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

Day 6: Edinburgh, Scotland

Early the next morning we dropped off the cars at the airport, and Tony and I took the Scouts into Edinburgh for a tour of the Royal Mile while Mark and Ed did the wash. 

The Royal Mile starts at the Castle on top of the hill, and so did we, with an excellent tour of the facility, still a working military base. The view over Edinburgh is spectacular, and the Castle drips history. 

Our castle guide makes a point to the Scouts.

St. Margaret's Chapel at Edinburgh Castle - the oldest part of the castle, dating to the 11th century.

A cannon's-eye view of Princes' Street and the Scott Memorial from the Castle

Just downhill from the Castle, we took a virtual tour of Edinburgh through the Victorian Camera Obscura, a periscope-like arrangement that projects an image on a circular table while the guide describes the sights. Then we headed toward Holyrood, at the far end of the Mile, stopping at every tourist shop along the way (or so it seemed). 

left: "Thistle Do Nicely" - next to "Has Beans", a coffee shop further down the street, my favorite shop name in Edinburgh.

Tony meets punk at the Museum of Life Matt listens to a nickelodeon at the Museum of Childhood. 
Holyrood Palace (at right) is still a Royal residence, when the Queen visits Edinburgh. You can tour many of the rooms, though, including the one where Mary, Queen of Scots' secretary David Rizzio was murdered. 
The ruins of Holyrood Abbey chapel adjoin the palace. The "Holy Rood" was a cross which King David I of Scotland miraculously found himself gripping when attacked by a stag on this spot. 
Matt tries a sarcophagus on for size at Holyrood Abbey - not a bad fit. A bit tight for Rob, though...
Nick and Dave at Greyfriars Bobby's grave. Bobby was the terrier who spent 14 years at his master's grave in the Greyfriars' Kirkyard. This site is also where Covenanters were imprisoned, and one of the more haunted places in Edinburgh. 

We spent another night at the 150th & 133rd Haymarket Scout Group's Hall ("thanks" to Neil Gowan and his group), this time in the company of the Polish Blair Atholl contingent. Then, the next morning, the coach picked us up and it was off to Blair Atholl!

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