CIE TOURS - July 31, 2018
Scottish Charm in the Capitol City
Edinburgh is one of the most incredible cities in Scotland; the museums are fantastic, Edinburgh Castle is impressive, and it’s easy to both find out about your own Scottish ancestry and pick up some iconic Scottish mementos: tartan scarves! Read on for all the details.
My Scenic Britain tour is coming to an end! After journeying through England and Wales, we just finished up the last leg of our adventure: Scotland, our tour guide’s native land! He welcomed us to what he refers to as “God’s blessed country” as we crossed the border.
We spent our first day in Scotland exploring the capitol city of Edinburgh. Though it’s not the largest city in Scotland (that would be Glasgow), its inviting atmosphere and striking old town are sure to charm you. The day began with a coach tour around the city from a local kilt-donning guide who pointed out the sights around us. We started off in the “new town” which dates back to the mid 1700’s when the “old town” (over 1,000 years old!) became too crowded and we later ended the morning tour with a walk around Edinburgh Castle.
The castle is full of things to do and see! Have a look at the Scottish Crown Jewels and St Margaret’s Chapel. You can see the military prisons, the National War Museum, and so much more. We had the whole afternoon free to discover the city at our own pace! We were able to take as much time as we wanted to explore the castle. Then we headed out of the castle gates to where the rest of the city was waiting for us.
Did you know Edinburgh is the birthplace of many famous figures?
Alexander Graham Bell, Sean Connery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson just to name a few!
One of the great things about Edinburgh is that there are many great museums that have free admission for all ages! The National Museum of Scotland has a wide range of exhibitions of everything from fashion to science to Scottish antiquities so it’s a great place to spend some time no matter your interests. Art lovers might want to visit the National Portrait Gallery while others might be interested in the Scottish Storytelling Center or the Museum of Childhood which also merit a quick visit.
Ancestry & Tartans
Have Scottish Ancestry like me? Know your “clan name?” You can use your time in Edinburgh to find out more about your ancestry. You can buy a booklet which gives a brief but helpful summary of your family roots. The booklet gives details such as your tartan (kilt pattern/colors) and which region of Scotland you descend from. Head to the Tartan Weaving Mill, next to the castle, for an exhibition of the tartan production process. Edinburgh is a great place to shop for keepsakes for you or your family. Treat yourself and buy a little something to remind you of your time in this lovely city.
By Evelyn Adams
Evelyn was one of our 2018 Social Media Concierges.
Want to learn more?
- Visit the official websites for Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish Storytelling Center and the Museum of Childhood
- What other celebrities and historical figures are from Scotland? Find out now!
- Learn all about the Crown Jewels of Scotland, also called The Honours of Scotland.
- Check out the whole itinerary for the CIE Tours Scenic Britain escorted coach tour, or browse our other Scotland tours, Ireland tours and Britain tours!