Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 5/20

Let’s continue exploring Edinburgh… We turned right onto North St. David Street walking past St Andrews Square and many beautiful buildings and Statues….

St Andrew Square are situated at the east end of George Street. The gardens are owned by private owners and are opened to the public since 2008. In the center of the square is the fluted column of the Melville Monument, commemorating Henry Dundas, the first Viscount Melville.

Surrounding the square is a lot of office buildings and shops.

When you look down to the bottom of the street you see the majestic Scott Monument….

Walking down to Princess Street I got so caught up in all the details of the buildings and all the people walking. Some walked with luggage either coming to stay in or leaving the city. Some are tourists and well some are local….

Then we reached Princess Street and Scott Monument…

In my next post we will be walking down the very busy Princess Street.

Thank you for joining us on our walk through the busy streets of Edinburgh… Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 3/20

Our next stop on our itinerary was the Water of Leith Walkway. It is a beautiful public footpath and cycleway that runs alongside the Leith River . The Leith River runs from Balerno to Leith through Edinburgh.

Along the way we walked past a few joggers and a one or two cyclists. The scenery along the way is breathtaking.

Luckily there are a lot of benches on the walkway so dad could rest up while I was clicking away.

I love bird watching and although I am not all clued up on all the names I still love capturing them. I saw a Grey Heron on the river bank searching for food.

The Thistle is Scotland’s national flower and it is everywhere. I can see why the Scottish people love this weed so much it is really beautiful…. Along the footpath I saw so many beautiful plants, and for the first time I saw Mistletoe as plant and not just a decoration on a cake or wrapping paper. It is such a beautiful plant and I wonder if it will grow here in South Africa.

St Bernards Well is a Greco-Roman structure that houses a well that the people believed have healing powers. It looks a lot like a temple with its Doric columns and on the top of the dome is a golden pineapple. In the middle of the building is a statue of Hygieia, the Greek and Roman goddess of health.

I could not get enough of how green the surrounding on the path was. It was truly breathtaking and I would have liked to spend a little more time exploring. Next stop St Georges Well also known as Inky Well. This well-house was build in 1810 over a spring and was named after George III to mark the Jubilee or 50th anniversary of his reign.

The Dean Bridge was our next stop. The Dean Bridge spans over the Water of Leith and was designed by Thomas Telford a bridge designer and civil engineer. The bridge was completed in 1831 when Thomas Telford turned 73.

I spotted these Millstones next to the Water of Leith. They were situated on the site of the former Lindsay’s mill. These stones are made from a very hard stone that was specially imported from France. The mill was one of seventeen in the vicinity in the 17th Century.

Next on our itinerary Miller Row in Dean Village….

We took a steep uphill walk to get to the top of the Dean Bridge. The buildings and views from Dean Bridge and Queensferry Road was so majestic. I love the detail on the buildings.

From here we headed back to the chaos of the busy city…. If I look at the photo’s on the internet and Instagram I get jealous because 95% of the buildings that I wanted to photograph I could not get a good angle because of the thousands of tourists, busses, taxi’s and cars.

Thank you for joining us on our walk…

“If you can dream it you can do it” Walt Disney

Scotland are you ready for us?

In two days and a few hours we will be on our way with British airways from Cape Town International to Heathrow London where we have a 5 hour layover before we depart for Edinburgh.

My suitcase have been packed since Monday and in the meantime I have added and taken out clothes. Just to put them back again…. I probably have to much clothes but rather to much than too little…. I am on a very tight budget and can’t afford to have to buy something I already have at home… Dad already dreamed he had to buy some warm jackets and shoes….

I am not going to lie to you I am a bit nervous this will be my first trip overseas and I have no idea what to expect. But that is the cool thing of going to explore other countries of even provinces in your own country. I had a few nightmares about this trip… One was I lost my father he wandered off into a antique shop while I was taking photos of the old buildings in Edinburgh…. Another one was I dreamed I forgot my camera battery charger at home and I could not find a charger anywhere…. At 3 in the morning I woke up and took my spare charger and put it in my camera bag…. The same happened when I dreamed that dad and I walked and it started coming down on us. My camera bag was soaking wet and everything inside too. I woke up went to the drawer where I put all my camera accessories took out the raincover and put it in my camera bag…. I spoke to my sister in law who travels alot for her work and she said I have travel anxiety….

Since we have booked this holiday I have been travelling through Scotland through other people’s eyes and camera lenses. I like to be prepared as you all know and have a detailed travel itinerary with total driving hours we will spend on the road and how much time I have to explore and take photos. This is something I got from my dad. When we went on road trips he also planned everything to the T. Most of the time things change and we had to take a different road, but that is what makes road trips so much fun. You must be open to unexpected changes….

This is why we decided on a self drive tour of Scotland. So that we can explore as much as we can and also get in some views that the tour busses do not cover. I don’t like to be told I have to spend half and hour on a place and then I am finished capturing it after 10 minutes…. The other 20 minutes can be put to much better use traveling to my next destination. Where they would only give me 10 minutes and I will need at least 30 minutes…. Do you get the point I am trying to make?

Our days will start at 6 o’Clock in the morning and we will leave at the latest at 9 o’Clock for our next destination. I have worked out that we are going to be travelling around  5 hours a day from place to place.  Yes I know Scotland has traffic jams in the form of four legged creatures, but I assure you I would not change it. This will give me a chance to capture my surroundings while we wait.  On our schedule I have also allowed 5 to 6 hours exploring time a day.

We have jam packed days but we have to fit in as much as we can. In my original plan I left the town where we are spending the night for the next morning. But if dad and I are up for it we will be exploring the towns after we have checked in. We have to go for dinner anyway so why not explore. This way we will have more time the next day for some extra exploring.

I have a list as long as my arms plus legs of all the places I would like to visit. But I will also be happy just to stand outside and take photos of the buildings, Castles and it’s surroundings. My aim is to at least visit 3 Castles and 3 Cathedrals and go inside and also take some photos.  I have at least 6 cathedrals and churches on my list every day and to go inside of them all will unfortunately take up to much of  our time. So I will have to settle for  a few photos of the outside and surroundings only….

Luckily for me the sun rises early in the morning and sets late at night so we can fit in some extra time if we are up to it.. I know for sure I will be up by 5 in the mornings. I have been conditioning my body since January and every morning I wake up between 4:45 and 5:05 without my alarm going off. But if I do sleep till 6 it won’t be a train smash. We have more than enough hours in the day.

You are probably saying to yourself right now I am out of my mind to be trying to plan everything to the hour… Don’t worry it is just a guideline and if we only see half of the places on our list that will be fine too. Just know that whatever we see you will see. I have ample memory cards and I will take thousands of photos…. The most important part of this trip is spending time with my dad.

davThank you for taking the time to read my post. Hope you stick around and explore Scotland with us.

Greetings,

Coreen

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney