An early start to the day was delayed with Skype calls to the family - it was good to speak with them.
Following our bus trip to the city, our first point of call was St Cuthberts church and the Princes Street Gardens for Coffee and buns. We completed our stroll and viewing of the memorial in the gardens to the various Scottish Regiments before awaiting the Hop on/off bus. We had decided earlier that we had the time to complete a second trip of the city before visiting Edinburgh Castle.
The wait for the bus was longer than scheduled and further time was lost soon after as we had to change buses. Monday traffic created even more delays to what had been a pleasant trip the previous day. We eventually made it back to our start point having lost quite a bit of time and then set off on foot to view the castle.
Thankfully, we had purchased our ticket the day before and were able to proceed directly in. We toured the castle independent of each other, using the audio system, meeting back for a hot soup in the "Redcoats Cafe". I then completed a visit of the National War Museum that the girl's had visited earlier while they waited in the warmth.
There is no question that the castle is a special must see attraction and requires quite a lot of time to tour completely. The history is extensive and needs thorough research before a visit as there is a lot to take in. The pride of the Scottish people becomes very evident in this one site alone.
Mid afternoon, we continued our walk of the city circling from the castle through the Grass Markets , to the east of the Royal mile, across North Bridge and back to the Scott Monument where we caught the bus back to our Hotel.
In need of a break from the weather, we retired to the hotel next door for a pre- dinner wine before returning to our hotel at 1800hrs for dinner. I had the steak and kidney pie, Jan the Sea Bass and Kaye two entree size salads with a Tempranillo. While all meals were lovely, Kaye was more than excited with her servings. We retired early - again!!?
The only downside to the day was the weather which was very cool and windy; suspect theses conditions are considered normal. Tomorrow is not looking much better.