While in Edinburgh, Jean and I separated from Neil and Carolyn and went off to explore the city at our own pace. We walked to our heart's content around the city's 'old' and 'new' parts. The old parts of Edinburgh were built centuries ago, whereas the new were constructed downhill from the old from about the 1730s. Over a period of about 30 years, most of the buildings and houses constructed in the new town that we see today had been built. The economy must have been booming.
the Royal Yacht Britannia, took a walking tour of the city, sat briefly in the Scottish Parliament, visited St Giles Cathedral, and otherwise walked and walked and walked. I'd considered going inside Edinburgh Castle, but I'd been many years ago, and Jean visited it in 2009, so we decided against it. We wanted to go inside Holyrood Palace, but couldn't because the Queen is in residence until 10 July. In the vicinity of Holyrood and the Parliament, for something different, we climbed the series of hills that dominates Edinburgh's skyline there, and overlooked the city.
We'd been told that 'Oink' was a very good restaurant.