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On day 2 of our Edinburgh trip, we started our day off with a special breakfast with our lovely friends Elizabeth & Carol who are visiting the UK with their friends Emily and Gennie. We decided to meet at a place called Urban Angel and we had a wonderful time chatting and catching up. We hadn’t met Emily or Gennie before and so it was really interesting to hear all about them and their adventures. Very cool ladies. Also it’s important to point out that M wasn’t the least bit intimidated by having lunch with 5 women – he grew up with sisters, I think he felt right at home!
After breakfast we decided to go to The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is docked at the port in Leith, about 4 miles outside the city centre. We had been given a 10% discount card by out hotel (v cool) and excellent bus directions, but between me and you, I REALLY wanted to try Uber. For those of you that live in cities and Uber is something you’ve had since the beginning of time, I am going to sound like the biggest country bumpkin, but I honestly wanted to give it a go as we don’t have it (properly) in N-le-W.
I am happy to report that I summoned the app, found the taxi, and paid without a single hitch, tracking the journey the entire time on my phone – very cool. On we go!
So The Royal Yacht Britannia was the Royal family’s Yacht till 1997 when it was decommissioned. The Port of Leith won the bid to get it and they set up a charity which looks after it and there is a whole mall around it, presumably for the tourists that come to see it. It was £15 each to get in and was WELL worth the money. There are 6 decks(floors) to look at with almost everything preserved as it was when the Royal Family actually used it. You get a free audio guide and after you’ve seen a small exhibition, you start at the top in the fancy part and end up at the bottom in the crew quarters. I am a Royal Family Fan and so to see where she actually slept and the many dining rooms etc where they entertained was FASCINATING!!
The whole thing was wonderful and it really gives you an insight to what life was like onboard and the reality of being the head of the Royal Family. It also felt like it might have been the only place where they could ever properly relax.I would loved to have seen it in its hey day!
After the Royal Yacht we tried to go and visit the Scottish Parliament, but it the debating chamber was closed for the Summer and so, apart from a mural, there wasn’t much to see. It had also started to rain a little bit, so we decided to just walk up the Royal Mile back to our hotel to pick up our suitcases and grab a small snack. The Royal Mile is an actual mile (or so) between Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle – both Royal Buildings. It’s also a huge hill and quite the most touristy place in Edinburgh. In places it just had corny souvenir shops and places to get whiskey – so not really my thing, but the international visitors seemed to be lapping it up! Good for them.
I was so hungry by this point (around 4:30pm) as we had walked 10,000+ steps by then and I had only had some toast at breakfast – so we had to have an emergency snack stop half way back and we almost inhaled the dried fruits and nuts we had in our back packs. But after the much needed energy boost, we made it back to our hotel, picked up our cases and made our way back to the station for our train at around 6:30pm. We wandered slowly back, taking in the city vibe and made plans to visit again and see much more.
Cities are totally not my choice normal, especially big ones as all the people and noise and things gets me down. But Edinburgh was very chilled as cities go and I felt relaxed almost the entire time. In fact, I felt more relaxed than I do in Liverpool and I go there every week!!
So thanks for a great 2 x days Edinburgh – we loved you (and will be back)