Visit Scotland Expo 2014
Glasgow, Perthshire Highlands, Stirling, the Trossachs & Edinburgh
April 2, 2014 – April 6th, 2014


April 6

We left after breakfast which I have to say was very good and arrived at Edinburgh Castle around 9:30 a.m. What I enjoyed seeing was the Stone of Destiny – heavily guarded as the nation’s treasures are here as well and the room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566! But there was sure a lot more to see including Mons Meg, one of Europe’s oldest siege guns that fired stones weighing 330 lbs over 2 miles…awesome history here.  The view from up here was incredible and from here we wandered down the hill to catch our Majestic Tour Bus to Ocean Terminal for something I have waited to see for a long time… the Royal Yacht Britannia. It was very interesting to see all the rooms that were used by the ship’s crew and where the Royal family stayed while on board. Their rooms were much smaller than I had expected and also quite ordinary. The audio tour is fascinating and really adds to the enjoyment. The dining room for formal dinners was beautiful as was the seating area where it was dressed in light and happy colours and floral fabrics. I think all who enjoy the history of the Royals will love visiting here. Afterwards we met up on the Royal Deck Tea Room for a delicious lunch of sandwiches and soup…just perfect!!

Afterward my visit and lunch I hoped back on the Majestic Bus to go to the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens (Scotland’s oldest) and had a most wonderful visit there. Huge gardens ... perfect for strolling or for getting seriously into the plant material with over 25 glasshouses. Established in Inverleith Row in 1820, the gardens comprise 70 acres of ground and over 36,000 plants. The radical design of the 1967 glasshouses was hailed as the most innovative since Paxton's Great Conservatory at Chatsworth, built in the 1830s (which was superseded at Chatsworth by a prototype for the Glasshouses here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh). And the gift shop, wow, it was grand. 

Did you know?

-that you can buy an Explorer Pass and visit many of the attractions in Historic Scotland

Then met the group to go to the Sheraton Grand where we would be spending our night and enjoying dinner. This is a gorgeous hotel and the views here out onto the Castle were so magical from our Castle View rooms…and the bathrooms are exquisite. Our dinner at One Square Restaurant in the private dining room was so posh and delicious and gave us all time to sit and relax after a very busy and totally fact filled trip. We were even offered a tour of the kitchens which were pretty cool too!


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