Day 6: Edinburgh - The Castle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

We spent most of the morning wandering in and out of the shops along the Royal Mile.  I ended up buying myself a big wool scarf, not as a souvenir, but because I was so cold. 

We had booked a tour with the same people that did the free walking tour to visit Edinburgh Castle.  Along our way towards the castle we got little bits of history about the area and some of their most famous historical figures.  Our tour of the castle itself was great.  There are a lot of exhibits within the castle that you could do on your own, but without this tour we would not have gotten the history of the castle itself, and that is really what interests me most.

Our tour ended inside the castle so we had the ability to wander around on our own and go to all of the exhibits.  We were able to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Prisoner of War Museum, the Great Hall, and the National War Museum.  I think the National War Museum was the most interesting to us, and it ended with a great photo exhibit of Scottish troops serving in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

There was also a whiskey tasting which was the perfect way to warm up while standing on top of a chilly mountain.

After finishing up in the castle we made our way back down the hill for dinner.  Then it was back to the hostel to shower and pack.

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