After a delicious Scottish
breakfast we climbed Arthur's Seat. The 251 m high peak is an easy
climb and of volcanic origin. The views over the city and its
surroundings are breathtaking.
on the top
Holyrood Palace, official residence of the Queen while in Scotland
Calton Hill with Nelson Monument and National Monument
We completed the round trip at the foot of the Salisbury Crags and
climbed Calton Hill, providing equally excellent views over the city.
Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags
After a short rest in the midday
sun we headed for the Old Town again. Passing Grassmarket we came to
the birthplace of
Harry Potter - at The Elephant House J.K. Rowling wrote large parts of
the first book about the now famous wizard. The castle view from the
windows of the café really reminded me of the movie version of Hogwarts.
A few steps further lies
Greyfriars Kirkyard where one can find many names well known from the
Harry Potter books. The Greyfriars Bobby pub is named after the little
dog of that name who - according to legend - kept watch at the grave of
its late master for over 14 years.
The molecular biologist in Dagmar
of course had to visit Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal,
displayed at the National Museum of Scotland
right over the street. Another famous exhibit are 11 of the Lewis
- carved from walrus ivory and reminiscent of the Norwegian rule over
the Outer Hebrides in the Middle Ages.
In the evening it was show time -
the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was a beautiful experience in front of
the unique backdrop of the castle walls.