When we arrived to our flat in the area of Leith in Edinburgh (pronounced Edinborough) on Friday, June 8, we moved in, and I went around the corner to a city grocer's to pick up some food for the next few days, especially for breakfast. We did this everywhere we stayed for a few nights -- so far in London, when we were there from the first Wednesday night to the following Wednesday morning, and now Edinburgh, where we would stay until early Monday morning.
I pre-purchased most of our tickets before we left California, which allows skipping the lines at almost every place. Usually this means you have to arrive at a scheduled time for your visit, which we did Saturday morning, June 9. It's about a 25 minute to the center of Edinburgh and the castle opens at 9:30am. The castle is at the end of what Edinburgh calls the Royal Mile, the main street of its old town. One can easily spend the entire day or more between Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, St. Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, and the Scottish Crown Jewels. What stood out to me is it's high position on volcanic rock with an amazing view of Edinburgh and beyond, including the Firth of Forth, and the very birth room of King James VI of Scotland (King James I of England), to Mary, Queen of Scots.
the King's Wark, which was an original royal residence and armory for King James I, and a sign marks this reality.