This post is the second in a series of two about a recent trip to Scotland and is focused on Edinburgh.
A day trip to Edinburgh as part of the break allowed for just five-and-a-half hours exploring this amazing city. It was the day before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe started, and so there was a real buzz and the city geared itself up for a month of fun!
After being dropped near Princes Street with limited time available I decided that Edinburgh Castle should be the first port of call (after a coffee, of course!). The Castle, on the edge of the Old Town part of Edinburgh, overlooks the New Town part and beyond with spectacular views. The famous One O’Clock Gun was a great photo opportunity, so I picked a place with a good view for photos and despite some rude tourists shoving to get a view I still got a good shot by holding my Olympus OMD E-M1 camera up high and using its handy tilt screen to keep everything in frame.
Leaving the Castle behind I went on an open top bus tour of the city to see the highlights. Although I got caught by a passing shower (luckily the E-M1 is weather proof!) it was a great way to see the city and learn about some of its history.
Time ran out on me, and I definitely plan to return to Edinburgh one day to see more of the city. If I could combine it with a trip the Fringe, that would be amazing!
An open top bus tour is always a good way to orientate yourself in a new city... and you get some decent views from the top of a bus too.
The imposing Balmoral hotel.
Scottish pride in taxi form.
There's lots of street artists around Edinburgh - I'd never seen one like this before.
A lion statue in Edinburgh.
The one o'clock gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, with views beyond Edinburgh to the estuary.
One of the Edinburgh Castle guns pointed at the famous Princes Street.
A view over Edinburgh from the Castle. You can see the Forth Bridge and an aircraft coming into land.
Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without bagpipes.
As readers of the Just 10 Photos tweets will know, there’s two posts coming up from my recent trip to Scotland. This first post focuses mostly on the Lochs, with a few other photos thrown in for good measure.
The five day coach break with Bakers Dolphin involved two days of travelling to and from Scotland, and three days exploring the Trossachs national park and Edinburgh. Coach trips aren’t very relaxing as you’re always on the move, but it’s a good way to see the area and let someone else do all the driving (a good opportunity for a nap on the move!).
Although lots of miles were covered and lots of stops were made, none were long enough for me to fully explore and photograph in detail. But I had long enough to get a good feel for the area and get few photos of Scotland’s stunning scenery. This was my first trip to Scotland, and I’ll definitely be retuning one autumn to capture the autumnal colours which I imagine will be amazing.
The weather was a mixed bag although I only got wet on a couple of occasions. For anyone who like to see or photograph landscapes and never ending greenery you must add a trip to Scotland to your list!
A bizarre inflatable Scotsman, at the Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.
A cruise boat on Loch Lomond.
A classic Scottish view - a long loch (Loch Lomond), mountains, and clouds.
The Inversnaid Hotel, nestled among the trees at Loch Lomond.
One night the hotel entertainment was a singer in a kilt.
A genuine Highland Cow.
The Black Watch Memorial at Aberfedy.
The shores of northern Loch Lomond look like a rugged paradise.
A long exposure of the Falls of Dochart at Killin.
I can't help but wonder how long some of these trees have been there.