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Exploring historic Edinburgh

Honeymoon in the UK: Day 5 – Exploring Historic Edinburgh And Scotch Whisky

Day five of our honeymoon in the UK had us exploring historic Edinburgh and Scotch Whisky. Recuperated from our long first day in Edinburgh, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the hotel restaurant and headed for more exploration of the city.

Day two in Edinburgh included a chilly, brisk wind and lower temperatures. Walking fast helped keep us warm, but we did stop in several spots to grab photos.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

The view en route to Calton Hill – East Princes Street Garden with the Waverley Railway Station

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Looking up at the Scott Monument, just by Waverley Railway Station

Our first destination was Calton Hill, located north of Holyrood Park and Holyrood Palace. It’s considered one of the most beautiful and most photographed spots in Edinburgh, offering a great view of the city and its surrounding landscape.

Here’s an example of one of the views:

Exploring Historic Edinburgh
Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Calton Hill is a cool and free spot to explore – it offers 360 views of the area around Edinburgh.

On top of Calton Hill, there are several very recognizable monuments including Nelson’s Monument, National Monument (looks like the remains of a Roman temple) and the Dugald Stewart Monument.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Calton Hill also offers you a great view of Holyrood Park.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Our next stop was a visit to Edinburgh Castle which looms over the city, on top of the ancient volcanic “Castle Rock”. Stone, stone and more stone, in addition to a brisk wind, make this castle very chilly. Add to this many bloody historical conflicts and you have a cold atmosphere that permeates your bones.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

St. Margaret’s Chapel – Edinburgh Castle

My favourite spot to visit was St. Margaret’s Chapel. I consider her my patroness, as she’s the closest saint Margaret on the Catholic calendar to my birthday… and I’m named Margaret. It’s the oldest surviving building in the castle, dating back to the 12th century and was built by her son, David I, in memory of her.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

St. Margaret’s Chapel – stained glass detail

The Royal Palace at the Castle is also a must-visit for history-buffs, with royal apartments (including the “birthing room” where James IV was supposedly born to Mary, Queen of Scots) and the Crown Room, where the famous Stone of Scone resides.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Our last stop of our tour of Edinburgh was the Scotch Whiskey Experience – a welcome warm-me-up after the chilly Edinburgh castle. It’s located on the Royal Mile, just a few minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle. This is where I learned that I prefer Speyside whiskies. Frank is a lover of Highland whiskies, preferring the stronger, peatier taste.

Exploring Historic Edinburgh

Our late lunch included a stop at the Made in Italy cafe in Grassmarket, where we enjoyed delicious panzerotti sandwiches and Peroni beer, followed by a cappuccino.


  1. Wonderful pictures, so wonderful to see the land of my ancestors.