I did not know before arriving in Edinburgh that it would be so hilly with its curving streets, lots of stairs and little narrow alley ways called closes. Getting around, especially on the cobblestones, required good shoes and the energy to do quite a bit of legging in order to explore the wonders this city holds. But back to getting lost…
We started very early one morning walking downhill towards Holyrood Palace – home of the Queen when in town – where I was able to take photos of it through the big gates under the watchful eye of a guard. There is this trade off with an early start; not many people to get in the way of your shots but also most things are closed. What time you head out depends on what you want to get shots of.
We walked past the palace, past Parliament (a very modern building surrounded by the very old), attempted to climb Arthur’s Seat and then decided to take a different route back towards our hotel. And that’s when we got lost.
In Edinburgh at any moment you may come upon some historic building, monument or site when walking around. In this case we stumbled upon the New Carlton burial ground. You can see the top of Holyrood palace behind the structure with the unicorn on it. From the angle of this shot you can see I was quite serious when I said there is a lot of walking uphill and downhill in Edinburgh.
View from New Carlton burial ground
Even in this grave yard we had to walk uphill! The round structure in the middle of the image below is the Watchtower which was built to guard graves against body snatchers. How’s that for Gothic horror novel fodder? It was after reading several headstones that we decided to exit through a gate and out onto… we didn’t know! We decided it would be better to keep going forward instead of doubling back but just to be safe I pulled out the GPS on my phone for directions.
New Carlton burial ground with watchtower
More hills, more historic buildings, another graveyard – the old Carlton – and eventually I saw the Waverly Bridge ahead of us and knew where we were again. It was quite a walk but the discoveries were well worth it.