We arrived in Edinburgh on Monday morning, but (somewhat shockingly) there was no dockside to moor at. Part of the problem is that the 18 storey tall cruise ship could not pass under the Fourth River Bridge, an engineering marvel of stone pillars and steel trusses that was constructed in the 1890s. So the tender boats got us to shore for our excursion to Edinburgh castle, the city of Edinburgh and the royal Brittania yacht (Queen Elizabeth’s yacht for state visits, commissioned in 1954 and only retired in 1997).
It was a gorgeous sunny day, the best so far this year, said the locals, and the Edinburgh castle was crowded. We filed into the castle’s museum to see the Scottish crown jewels : not as impressive as the ones in the Tower of London! a crown with gold and pearls and some diamonds (I think), and a big square stone called the Stone of Destiny. (It played a central role in the crowning of several Scottish kings and at times, have been lost for many decades in the mists of time and legend).
I would have loved to see more of the city. The city has lots of grreenerry (imitating our guide’s Scottish accent), and the very modern building housing the Museum of Scotland that was designed by a Spaniard was not on our list to do.
Monday night we set sail for Le Havre on the French coast, but we will need a day of sea in the North Sea to get us there.