Beautiful views in every direction.
Next visit, I want to go walking in the Pentland Hills which you can see on the other side of the city.
There was also time to visit the Tartan Weaving Mill (a bit too touristy but I did pick up some tartan and tweed remnants that I could quilt with or use as cushion backs).
And of course the castle. The last time I was in the city, I was on a strict backpacking budget and couldn't afford to go in. I took a moment outside the gates to remember this with a smile and think how far I've come in twenty years.
And then plunged right in.
Stunning woodwork in the Great Hall.
Scotland's National War Memorial is also located here. It has very moving stained glass windows depicting various scenes from the First and Second World Wars, both on the battlefields and the home front.
I loved the patterned stonework inside.
Whew - it was a very busy three days and I haven't even gotten around to the yarn yet!