The Environs of Edinburgh Castle

A lot of you have asked for photos of my surroundings, and also my first sojourn to Edinburgh.  I do apologize for these because The Penslayer is a writing blog, not a photography blog, but I'm sure lots of you care to see in what environment I am entrenching myself for inspiration, so here we go!  I hope you enjoy.

Coming out of the train station at Edinburgh.  I'm short.

A shot over the park at Edinburgh Castle.

This is Milne's Close, which took us straight up to the Royal Mile.  You wouldn't guess it from looking at it: it looks like a dark alley in which you might get mugged, but there are lots of these letting in on the Royal Mile.  I was going to take it back home with me, but it didn't fit in my backpack.

A fancy-pants establishment on the Royal Mile.  You need a reservation.  Maybe next time I'll just take my broom.

The relatively new gatehouse of the castle.  We were looking at this for some time, as it took us nearly forty-five minutes to get through the ticket line.

A shot up the lane from the new gatehouse to Argyle Tower and the Portcullis.  And the top of my short little noggin.

Argyle Battery

A view through an arrow-slit from Argyle Battery.

A view of the city from Argyle Battery.  You can see the ocean in the distance.

Coming up through the Forewall Battery; St. Margaret's Chapel is on the right, the Halfmoon Battery lies in the direction I'm looking. 

The Scottish National War Memorial.  Edinburgh Castle is a hodge-podge affair of buildings constructed over the course of many, many years. 

Gloomy shot down into the prisoners' quarters.

Less gloomy shot of me inside a guard post.  The door to the National War Museum is in the background on the left.

Daddy, we haven't been able to find any lead soldiers yet.  Will this do?

There are still parts of Edinburgh Castle that we were unable to see because by the time we wound up at the statue of the man on the horse, we were both hungry enough to eat the horse, so we went back out to the Royal Mile, found a tavern and ate a late lunch, and then took the train back to Glasgow.  We'll go out to Edinburgh again (it's only a fifty-minute train ride!) and explore the city a little more.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed the photos!

8 ripostes:

  1. *swoons* Ooo, 'keep breathing that is the key'! Okay, okay! Jenny, thank you so much for satisfying our wishes, you've left me rather breathless ... these photos are so beautiful and ancient and filled with history - and you look so sweet and awe-inspired amidst it all. Your outfit suites so well in that guard-post :). I loved, loved, loved this post ^_^. *hugs* Excuse me now, while I go and check the photos up again.

  2. I approve of the trenchcoat. I also approve of the arrow-slit, and lunch at taverns.

  3. Thank you!!!!!!! Loved the pictures! I like the one of you inside a guard post and the arrow slit. Especially I like all of them.

  4. Thank you!!!!!!! Loved the pictures! I like the one of you inside a guard post and the arrow slit. Especially I like all of them.

  5. It's official. I must visit Edinburgh! Not that I didn't want to already. Lovely pictures!

  6. Love the trenchcoat! Very stylish! ^_^

    Well excuse me while I faint over here, please and thank you. Scotland architecture is gorgeous! One day I'll make it over there...and in the meantime I'll be drooling over what I can get from The Penslayer, which is most satisfactory, by the way. :)

    (A much longer reply coming by way of email, since it's much more conventional that way. ;)

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  8. I love the one with the castles and the streets. Medieval meets modern. :) And I like the arrow slit too, and to imagine what it would be like for an archer in the blazing firelight on night of battle with men screaming and rain pour. To try to shoot straight. To think of where to shot. And to have to shot someone and not something.