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Auld Reekie, a city of a thousand spires. I made my first visit to the capital of Scotland in July 2007. Hills do make for beautiful cities.

Holyrood Palace The Balmoral Hotel and Calton Hill The old Parliament House
Edinburgh is home to two parliament buildings. The first is the original building dating from before union with England, and the second is a concrete pile next to Holyrood Palace. Both lie on the Royal Mile, the axis of the Old Town.
The West Registry The Tron Kirk The Tolbooth Kirk
The Royal High School The Scott Monument
The Royal Bank Of Scotland
Called "the Athens of the north", Edinburgh has a harmonious mix of classical and gothic monuments. The most prominent of these is the monument to Sir Walter Scott.
Canongate Tolbooth The Bank Of Scotland Eskindir looks out on the city
Usher Hall The Royal Scottish Academy The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh has a set of museums and galleries to rival London.
George Heriot's School Fettes College Donaldson's College
And a large number of impressive academic institutions.
McEwan Hall, Edinburgh University The Playfair Library, Edinburgh University The University Of Edinburgh
St. Giles' Cathedral St. Giles' Cathedral
St. Giles' Cathedral is home to some lovely stained glass and the magnificent chapel of The Order Of The Thistle, dating from 1911 (by Sir Robert Lorimer).
The Royal Infirmary The Thistle Chapel at St. Giles' Cathedral The Thistle Chapel
Edinburgh Castle
It is supposed there has been habitation on the site of the castle for 3000 years. The oldest remaining part is St. Margaret's Chapel dating from around 1100. The War Memorial, by Sir Robert Lorimer (1927), is a masterful juxtaposition of classical and gothic features. It is both beautiful and impressive, and yet remains sombre.
Gateway to the Castle The Great Hall The Scottish National War Memorial
Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish National Gallery and New College of The University Of Edinburgh
St. John's Church St. John's Church The Royal Society Of Edinburgh
The Bank Of Scotland St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral St. Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral
Edinburgh has at least two cathedrals. St. Mary's is by George Gilbert Scott.
The traditional view Calton Cemetery St. Andrew's House
There many hills in Edinburgh, not least that of the Castle and Arther's Seat. Calton Hill lies at the end of Princes Street (the main thoroughfare of the New Town). Calton Hill is a little like Edinburgh's acropolis, with its various "ruined" monuments.
The Scottish Royal Academy The Nelson Monument Edinburgh's glorious shame

In 2008, we went on a little adventure to see the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel.

Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn Chapel