Mary trying to make a new friend. This was our first day in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, as is often the case in Scotland, the weather during our stay was gloomy.
This magnificent castle is Scotland's top tourist attraction. The rock the castle is built on has been inhabited since 800 BC. The oldest building still standing, St. Margaret's Chapel, is located at the very top. Dating back to 1072 AD, the chapel is still used today by members of the castle garrison.
The castle is located at the highest point in Edinburgh and provides great views from all sides. This is a view of Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh's New Town district, which is now considered the downtown area.
The Royal Mile extends from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, at the bottom of the hill. This narrow street is lined with the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, all of which have been restored and turned into shops. It is all part of Edinburgh's Old Town.
Rick near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty the Queen's official residence in Scotland. The short walk down the Royal Mile from the castle ends here.