Wandering in Edinburgh, a sunny winter day

Edinburgh Castle, stronghold that was once the residence of Scottish monarchs and now serves mostly as a museum. It stands 443 feet (135 metres) above sea level and overlooks the city of Edinburgh from a volcanic crag called Castle Rock which has been the site of human activity for at least 3,000 years.

Edinburgh Castle Website

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Leith is a buzzing port district, home to hip creatives and longtime locals. Waterfront seafood bistros and traditional pubs dot the Shore area. The Royal Yacht Britannia, a former ocean-going royal residence, showcases elaborate state apartments and an onboard Rolls-Royce. The riverside Water of Leith Walkway and Leith Walk, a busy street with food and thrift shops, link the area with the city centre.

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The Parish Church of St Cuthbert is a lively, vibrant church in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, with roots going back thirteen hundred years. It is believed to be the oldest Christian site in Edinburgh.

In the surrounding graveyard, one of the largest in Edinburgh from the Burke and Hare era, you can find such varied people as Thomas De Quincey, writer of Confessions of an English Opium Eater; William Macao, first naturalised Chinese citizen of Scotland; and John Napier, father of logarithms.

The Parish Church of St Cuthbert Website

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And at last, after a wonderful but really cold day, nothing can beat a Scottish Cream Liquor Hot Chocolate at the Amber Restaurant & Whisky Bar in the Scotch Whisky Experience at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile!

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