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Edinburgh is Scotland's compact hilly capital. While tours and hop on hop off buses are readily available, we found it easy to get around on foot. This panorama viewed from Edinburgh Castle takes in the core areas of Prince's  Park,  the New Town, and the port of Leith.

Edinburgh is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of Scotland's rulers. Several museums onsite outline Scotland's military and royal history.

Edinburgh's medieval Old Town and  elegant Georgian  New Town are UNESCO world heritage sites with over 4500 listed historical buildings.

Calton Hill is topped with monuments and statues and overlooks the city.

The Mound is an artificial hill that was created in 1765 connecting the Old and New Towns and forming today's Princes Street Gardens.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is the cemetery located on the southern edge of Old Town where several notable Edinburgh residents are interred. It is the site of the popular story of Greyfriars Bobby.

In the heart of Old Town is the Grassmarket area, a convivial and picturesque area of independent merchants, artisans and restaurateurs.

The Royal Mile extends from the Castle to Holyrood House. Along  the main thoroughfair lie Tron Kirk, the Scotch Whiskey Experience, Camera Obscura, Deacon Brodie's Tavern and numerous historical markers.

Edinburgh is known for its historic pubs dating back 600 years. This pretty Victorian pub caters especially to the theatre-goers at the Playhouse next door.

Holyrood Palace has a collection of treasures related to Scottish royalty such as Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and is the Queen's official Scottish residence.

In 1997 the Scottish electorate voted to devolve powers from Westminster Great Britain. Since 2004 the Scottish Parliament has met in this unique building in Holyrood. We observed debate in the chamber.

A view from the battlements of the castle takes in Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, the main peak of Edinburgh's hills.

St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle.

CanongateTolbooth was a centre of admininstration and justice, now home of the People's Story Museum.

 

The historical port of Leith has retained its character as it has been transformed into a dockland with residences, restaurants and recreational facilities.

With its redevelopment Leith has gained the business of cruise lines operating around the British Isles and Scandinavia. It houses the royal yacht Britannia.

Edinburgh's magnificent and free public museums include the National Gallery with its collection of world masterpieces and Scottish artists.

While we were visiting, there was a delightful art class encouraging participants to sketch images of the classical sculptures.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery portrays the scientists, inventors, authors, philosophers, economists, athletes, politicians and common people who have shaped Scotland's history and character. (photo courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland)

This portrait of the Scottish-American actor Alan Cumming offered an enchanting combination of classical and modern interpretations.

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