Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland (23 Great King Street)

Looked outside after I got up and saw that it seemed cold and a little windy, but thankfully no rain in the forecast. I’m leaving here to catch the 10:33 train to Stirling. Made it out of the flat a little after 9:30 a.m., so was on schedule.

When I arrived at Waverley Train station I picked up my tickets and then bought a Flat White coffee and one (and only one) scone while I waited for the train’s departing platform to be displayed. I looked up at one point and saw the train was cancelled! The next train will be 11:07 and hope that one won’t be cancelled too. It wasn’t, but we had to catch the train on another platform.

Was a comfortable ride out to the town of Stirling and saw more of the landscape surrounding Edinburgh. Mostly flat with many farms and small villages.

As we approached Stirling, I could see why this would be a great place for a castle. Not easy to get to and the castle sat up on a large hill of rock, similar to Edinburgh Castle. After I got oriented, I took a taxi up to the castle for a tour.

This castle, like Edinburgh Castle, have been around for over 1,000 years. These were no easy years for the Scottish people and almost continuous battles over the years. The castle’s Exhibition Hall had a thorough orientation of the castle’s history and I used an audio guide to give me some of the background information as I walked through the buildings.

The buildings were in good shape, but since this is not a functioning castle, the rooms were empty of furniture. The wind up on the hill was getting quite strong and had to hold onto my cap as I looked over the castle walls to the lands below, otherwise the cap would have blown away. Took some pictures of the surrounding area and tried to imagine how it looked when attacking armies would be gathering for another siege of the castle.

The principle buildings were the Royal Palace, Great Hall, and the Royal Chapel. This tour gave me more information that provide more insight of the Scottish people’s resiliency. I was probably at the castle for about 90 minutes before I was ready to walk down the hill to the train station.

Views from the Castle:

View of the Castle:

The Great Hall:

Royal Chapel:

Outside the Palace: 

Much easier to walk down the hill. Gave me a chance to look at some of the buildings along the way. A number of very large homes were built on the hill. The town of Stirling has a different look and feel from Edinburgh. The architecture is different too.

Argyll Townhouse:   

Street in Stirling:

Was on the train by 2:00 and arrived in Edinburgh a little after 3:00, then walked back to the flat. Glad I went out to the castle and good to get out of Edinburgh for one day.

Tomorrow I’ll work more on Early Memories and plan one more excursion while I’m here in Edinburgh.

 

 

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