My first afternoon in Edinburgh was a sunny one - the clouds never got in the way but added nicely to a more interesting sky in the pictures.
Firth of Forth, seen from the castle
Ten years ago I visited Edinburgh Castle on a cold, misty morning which lent it a menacing air. But I had the place more or less to myself. This time I visited on a sunny afternoon which makes the castle look more accomodating. The flip side were lots of tourists walking through my photos.View over the town with Calton Hill to the left
But I had a better distant view this time and took several shots of the surroundings from various angles. The air was so clear that you can see the sea in the distance.Arthur's Seat, seen from the north cannon platform
This one was just fun. I didn't try to shoot a cannon ball into Arthur's Seat, honestly.
The photo below was taken on a late afternoon two days later, from the keep of Craigmillar Castle outside Edinburgh. Pentland Hills, seen from Craigmillar Castle
I didn't take many photos of the town itself because there are major earthworks going on in Princess Street, after some politicians decided to leave their personal dog mark and give Edinburgh a tram no one really wants. Right now the prettiest part of the town, aside from the Royal Mile, is just a big, dusty hole.Royal Mile, view in direction of the castle
Here are two photos of the Royal Mile which was a pretty busy place. No wonder with all those shops lining it - if you don't want to spend money, you better stay in the middle, lol. I took the chance and visited St.Gilles Cathedral which lies halfway on that famous street.Royal Mile, view downward; St.Gilles to the right
I have more photos of Edinburgh Castle and Craigmillar Castle, of course. But I missed Holyrood Palace again - fate must have decided to close it every time I'm in Edinburgh.