Our port of entry to Scotland was in Greenhock from which we made our way to Glasgow
Approaching the cathedral of St. Mungo
Moving to downtown Glasgow near St. George's Square
Another gay pride party in St. George's Square
Tiny superman in a kilt
Shopping streets of Glasgow
Glasgow school of art designed by Scottish Art Nouveau architect and designer, Charles Rennie Macintosh
One of our best lunches--at Two Fat Ladies (not those on PBS but alluding to 88, the address, which resembles two fat ladies
And another lovely sunset as we sail away from Glasgow
Sailing the seas between Greenhock and Invergorden which is our next port--to enable us to see Inverness.
Nice buildings lining the banks of Loch Ness in Inverness
Old fashioned shopping arcade
Requisite castle atop the hill
Requisite cathedral along the banks of the river
I'm just guessing but, do you suppose that Faith is behind these two?
Scene of one of the best meals of the trip.
Scallop and shrimp over risotto with arugula
Scallops with chorizo over mango
A separate order of onion rings for himself --what else does one have with a lovely heirloom tomato and feta salad?
Seabass with lovely asparagus
Perfect selection of cheeses with accompaniments
Raspberries and cream--the little 2 on Val's shirt signals that we took the ships's on-you-own bus into town from the port.
Next morning we tender into Queensferry from whence to catch a bus to take us to Edinburgh
A jolly little band plays for us as debark our tender
The bus dumps us off in front of a library
Lovely apartments in an area just above the main streets of Edingburgh
And we arrive in downtown Edinburgh
Walk along Prince's street with gardens on one side and shopping on the other
Looking across to the Edingburgh Castle
And moving on to the Scottish National Gallery
View to the shopping side of Prince's street
Memorial to Sir Walter Scott
Edinburgh's premier hotel, The Balmoral, seen from beneath the bridge
Along Royal Mile, the Tolboth clock and tavern
The modern Scottish Parliament, about which our cab driver complained concerning both architectural taste and cost
View of Parliament from the front. My guess is that more than our cab driver lodge vociferous complaints
At the end of Royal Mile, just across the street from Parliament, stands the Queen's Gallery and entrance to Holyroodhouse Palace
Abbey ruins within the palace complex
Returning via Royal Mile with its souvenir stands, tourists and buskers everywhere
Sign for our selected luncheon venue
A lovely oasis of calm, beneath the touristy street
That's it! My claim to foodie stripes--my haggis. This version was quite refined, smoothed out with chicken mousse but tasting like blood pudding with oatmeal--not all bad to be sure
The haggis was actually the appetizer. This was my main course, pretty but not as memorable.
Another view of the approach--or retreat--to and from the Witchery
Back on the Royal mile, we check out St. Giles Cathedral, the Presbyterian mother church
New organ imparts a modernized appearance to the interior