Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/728
Visiting Scotland at the end of November might seem like a bit of a folly weather-wise, but apart from some slight drizzle on the first day, we were blessed with blue skies for the rest of our stay (which I'm sure helped with our positive impressions). Mind you, it was still bloody cold!
|Elephants on display at The Elephant House|
|This is honestly one of my favourite trip photos, ever.|
This piece sums it up well.
Anyway, at the White Hart James opted for an old pub favourite, bangers and mash, while I eagerly ordered the haggis, neeps and taters (turnip and potato). I love offal, so I had been looking forward to trying haggis in Scotland ever since we booked our tickets. And man, did the dish deliver!
|I feel hungry just looking at this again|
The next day, we headed up to Edinburgh Castle, the city's most famous tourist attraction and home to a UNESCO sign (pictured at the end - yay). Under the overcast skies, it looked very forbidding indeed - I would not want to be part of any army trying to lay seige to this place!
|Marginally friendlier in the sun perhaps?|
|Arthur's Seat is the hill in the background there|
|It was cold!|
|Yay, we found a UNESCO sign!|