25.08.2009 - 25.08.2009 19 °C
We left Inverness, and headed south, past the Cairngorm Mountains, stopped briefly in Perth, and continued on to Edinburgh. We were able to drive in to the city to a parking station which was within walking distance to the Royal Mile, the main tourist centre of the city. The Edinburgh Festival was in full swing; Edinburgh is usually known as a vibrant and slightly alternative city, and here we could see it in its full glory, with people milling around watching the many buskers and street shows along the Royal Mile. Someone gave us three passes which would enable us to go to the head of the queue at Edinburgh Castle, so we decided to go in (these promotional tickets must have worked, as we had not necessarily planned to go to the Castle). We spent the next couple of hours looking around the castle, and had some difficulty getting away as Margaret discovered a delicious alternative to Bailley's being sold, and David had to drag her away before she ordered several crates to be shipped to Australia.
We walked back along the Royal Mile, soaking up the atmosphere, then departed for nearby Stirling where we stayed the night.