Scotland Blog June 7th, 2014

June 07, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Scotland Blog - Saturday June 7th, 2014 - Edinburgh 

It is hard to believe today was our last full day in Scotland .... where has the time gone? Today we spent the entire day photographing and exploring Edinburgh.

We started the day by visiting Mary King’s Close, which is a old close or steep grade street running down towards the river. This particular close was long forgotten and burred under the Royal Exchange. A dig a few years back revealed this underground treasure. So combined with a little theatre from our guide we explored the underground world of Edinburgh from the 17th century.

The rest of the day in Edinburgh was spent at leisure, giving the group time to explore and photograph the many sites this ancient city has to offer. Some of the group took advantage of the time and visited the Royal Yacht Britannia which was decommissioned in 1997 and is now open to the public here in Edinburgh.

Tomorrow we have an early start as our flight departs at 9:00 a.m. as we begin our return journey home.  

We would like to thank everyone that followed the blog, and hope you enjoyed the photos as much as we did sharing them with you.  Also a special thanks to MacPherson’s and our coach driver and good friend David Fox.  It has been great to work with you again on this trek.  Deb and Bill Hall our tour hosts for this trek, it has been great to work with you too, and I know the group has enjoyed your hard work and the photo knowledge you have shared during our journey.

Enjoy a few photos from our last day in Scotland, and good night from Erskine Bridge, which is located just outside of Glasgow.  Mark your calendar for June 28th for our next trek as we depart for a weekend of photography in Chicago.

Setting sun last night with Erskine Bridge in foreground.


Early this morning as an cargo ship sails up the river clyde. This view is from our hotel.


The Royal Yacht Britannia - External elevators takes you to each deck level of the ship.


The Bridge.


Bank of ships flags.


This is the queens bedroom, notice it is only a single bed. As with all the other suites on the ship. The only suite to have a double bed was the honeymoon suite and that was installed by Prince Charles.


Prince Phillips Suite.


One of the receiving rooms onboard the yacht.


The Grand entrance. The ship could receive up to 250 guest for a special occasion.


First Mate Hall pouring a pint in the officers pub onboard the ship.


The crews quarters.


The engine room. This was refitted but was a steam vessel.


Edinburgh this afternoon, the Edinburgh Castle to the left. As you can see there was a little rain today.


Street view below the castle.


Welcome .... a great pub sign and someone to take care of the men folk of the clan...


The new transit system.


One of the many beautiful parks in Edinburgh.


An interesting shot of clock tower.


Waverley Train Station.


This couple had just got married and a street musician played them a song.


OK this does not look like full regimental dress??? And no James did not do it!


Another view of Edinburgh Castle this afternoon.


One of the final two images, keeping yellow theme going to the end. You can’t get much more Scottish than this!!!!


Or can you .... one last yellow, a yellow tartan set of bagpipes.


That’s it for this trek, we hope you have enjoyed the stories and images.  Good night from Scotland.


Please add a comment

Posted by Gail Nichol on
Great photos as usual! Have a safe trip home.
Posted by Gail Steer on
Brings back great memories!
Enjoyed all of your pics!
See you soon.
Gail and Bob
Posted by Jerry on
Looks like it was a great trip you folks had to Scotland and while seeing the blog on each posting made me wish that I was there with you. The images were stunning and very enjoyable to see.
Travel safely on your trip back to Ontario and thanks again for all your postings.
Posted by Dolores Cooper on
Really enjoyed today's images. Thanks for sharing. Have a safe journey home.c7
Posted by carol on
Thank you so much for sharing your images of Scotland for these past 2 weeks. Edinburgh Castle looked perfect in the rain. The Royal Yacht Britannia is glorious...and the grand staircase -wow!! I would have loved to be on that beautiful ship.
Safe travels home all of you.
Posted by Connie on
Another awesome trip and some really great shots!
Safe travels home.
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