Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 15

Good day friends,

Hope everyone had a good nights rest and ready for the day. I did not really sleep much. My brain is working overtime. I worry about COVID 19 interfering with our plans to visit Scotland again form May 2021 till August 2021. If we are not allowed to travel in 2021 then I must postpone it to April 2022 till July 2022. We have to travel in spring and summer because the main purpose of this trip is so that I can capture Puffins. We also would like to see the rest of Scotland that we missed….

Either way if I continue to post only now and then I will never finish in time before our next trip to Scotland even if we leave in 2022. I also still have some places I visited here in South Africa that I need to edit. But I work from first captured to last….

Here I am back again hoping to finish our walk back to our Guest house today. I still need to post about The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo also before we can hit the road and continue with the rest of our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Two Giraffes in front of the Omni Centre
Two Giraffes in front of the Omni Centre
Oor Wullie in front of Omni Centre
The Glasshouse
Oor Wullie in front of The Glasshouse
The Glasshouse
The Glasshouse Clock Tower

My first thought when I saw the Omni Centre and The Glasshouse was “WOW that’s a lot of Windows to keep clean…. How on earth do they do it? The Glasshouse is a beautiful building…

Very busy Leith Street
Cycling Musician on Leith Street

Just look at how busy the streets of Edinburgh is. We don’t even talk about parking that is one big headache… The best mode of transport might just be to Cycle from point A to B. I prefer to rather walk… I love cycling but my balance is not that great and when I see a robot, stop street or even a car I start to panic…. That is why I put my bicycle in my car and drive to a quiet road or a farm stall park there and cycle from there…

Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar
Theater Royal Bar

The Theater Royal Bar is situated next to the famous Playhouse Theater on Leith Walk. I just love the decor of this building…. The hanging flower baskets just makes one feel so happy.

Walking on Haddington Place
Pizzeria
Picture Framer
Fox on the ledge….
U Save
Victoria Barbers

Well just around the corner is Ben Cruachan Guest House on MacDonnald Street….

We had about two hours before we had to get ready for our walk back to Edinburgh Castle where The Edinburgh Royal Military tattoo was held…. I went outside and took a few photo’s of the garden before I made us a nice cup of coffee and we talked about the day and how excited we were to go see the Tattoo….

Thank you for joining us on this last stretch back to our Guesthouse. In my next post I will be sharing some photo’s taken on route to the Tattoo and of the Tattoo itself.

Till next time, have a wonderful day.

Coreen

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

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 14

Good Morning friends and followers. I hope that your lockdown is also very productive. I must say mine has been so far. I ticked off a few task on my to do list so far.

I am busy reorganizing my kitchen one cupboard at a time. Still a few to go…

Since this weekend I have been organizing my photos of our Grand Tour of Scotland. Putting the photos into folders. This makes it easier for me to do my research on all the places we have visited and also to see 1400 photos in 1 folder for 1 day gets a bit overwhelming, but 150 photo’s is much better… I would like to finish editing before we go on our next Scotland Tour….

I have finished planning our route just need to fine tune it and do some more research on traveling in campervan and Wild Camping in Scotland. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Okay enough of that let’s get back to our walk back to Ben Cruachan Guesthouse…

The Scotsman Hotel
The Balmoral
The Balmoral Clock tower
The Balmoral

The Balmoral Hotel is such a beautiful building. I wonder how it looks inside? In my imagination it would be fit for a King and Queen…. Next time I will arrange to have a peek inside….

Corner of North Bridge and Princess Street
View of Nelson Monument on Carlton Hill
Duke of Wellington Statue
The Duke of Wellington Statue
Duke of Wellington Statue

Here is some information I got from the National Records of Scotland.

“The statue of the Duke of Wellington outside Register House was unveiled in a highly patriotic ceremony on 18 June 1852, the thirty-seventh anniversary of his greatest victory at Waterloo. Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon was regarded as ensuring the freedom not only of Britain but of Europe in general. “

Waterloo Place Home of Rabbies Tours
Waterloo Place Home of Rabbies Tours
Waterloo Place Home of Rabbies Tours

Dad and I encountered multiple meetings with one of Rabbies Tours tour busses while exploring Scotland and some of the islands. Only while editing I realized that I captured one of the buildings they occupied.

Leith Street
Walking down Leith Street

Walking down Leith Street was an experience. They were working on buildings and also the road. The beautiful hanging flower baskets caught my eye…. I just loved it…. But more next time….

I hope you enjoyed our short walk….

Till next time.

Coreen

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

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

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

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 2

Next on our Itinerary was the famous Circus Lane but first we stopped for a little break and there we discovered St Vincent’s Chapel and St Stephen’s in Stockbridge. Along the way I captured some beautiful Lilies and of course some more buildings and streets or Lanes.

St Vincent’s Chapel is such a beautiful building and I just love the red doors. When I visit Edinburgh again I am definitively going to stay longer than one day. Due to our tight schedule and sooo many places to see we could not go into all the chapels and museums we wanted to. I am already planning our next trip and this time we are taking our time to explore properly.

St Stephen’s Church is no longer used for Sunday services, currently it is used for community events, a daycare, performances, and private and commercial events. The best of all I had St Stephen’s Church on my list but when I could not find it I did not tick it off. Only while doing my research on the places I photographed I was shockingly surprised that I did see it. One of our hosts on holiday told us that many churches and chapels have been sold and some even used as pubs… On our journey we did see that a lot. It is sad if you think about it but on the other hand at least the buildings are getting used and some even restored. They are given a new lease on life…

When I did my planning for our trip I went on Instagram and search anything to do with Edinburgh and the other towns we were going to visit. Circus Lane was the one place I just had to go and see for myself and I was not disappointed. It is magical. All the detail and oh my word all the flowers I just could not stop clicking away….

Thank you for taking the time to walk through the streets of Edinburgh with us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our next stop Water of Leith Walkway…

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

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 1

Dad and I slept like logs. I woke up around 5:00 AM long before my alarm. I got dressed looked out of the window and was very happy to see that it stopped raining. I then woke up my dad around 6:15 AM so that he could get ready.

While waiting for dad I made us a cup of coffee and took some photos of the birds in the garden through our bedroom window.

Breakfast was only served at 8:00 AM and dad and I was finished and ready by 7:05. So we decided to go outside and take some photos of our surroundings before we went for breakfast. There were a slight breeze and a bit cold outside but we soon warmed up from all the exploring.

We went down stairs to the cozy dining room and sat down at a table in the corner. We both started with a cup of coffee and then a bowl of porridge. In South Africa we also eat porridge but we prepare it different and I must be totally honest with you I prefer the Scottish method. The porridge is so creamy and with the honey it is even better. Dad ordered a Scottish breakfast consisting of Eggs, Bacon and Sausage and I ordered Pancakes with Bacon, Banana and Syrup. It was absolutely divine.

After Breakfast we got our “Goody bag” from Nordic Visitor with all our holiday arrangements and also a map of Edinburgh. For the first part of the day I had to navigate our way around Edinburgh with a map the old fashioned way. Only later in the day did I went to a Vodashop to buy a data contract so that I can use my google maps with our pre-programmed routes.

We left the Guesthouse around 8:45 AM on our way to our first stop on our list of places to visit Mansfield Traquair. As you will see I could not get enough photos of the beautiful flowers and the Architecture.

Our first place of interest was Mansfield Traquair. A beautiful chapel and Wedding Venue. Due to our tight schedule I could not go inside. For more information on the Mansfield Traquair please visit their website.

As we walked to our next stop on our itinerary I capture some of our surroundings…

Thank you for exploring Edinburgh with us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Have a look out for part 2

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

Random photos of a March Lily

Hi everyone,

Just some photo’s I took of the March Lilies in our garden when it bloomed in March 2019. I took it over a period of two weeks.

This year it was beautiful and kept blooming for a while. Looking forward to see them again in 2020….

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

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

Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 10 of 10

Well it has been an absolute pleasure sharing our weekend at Berghoff Fynbos Farm with you all here on my blog.

Here’s a few more photo’s I took before heading back home…

We had a awesome time although on our way back home Mornè’s car broke. I would not recommend that you go to visit in a normal sedan. Normal cars are not made to withstand that bumpy road. Don’t get me wrong if the roads were in better condition even though it is a dirtroad I would surely visit more often. Unfortunately I do not have a 4×4 or a vehicle that can take the punch.

So to sum up the only reason at this stage that is keeping me from going back is the road. I am not afraid of dirt roads and I love driving on them but the damage and costs involved to fix your car is just too much.

The views on your way back are absolutely stunning….