Sunset over Aberdeen

In the aftermath of a stormy Friday we took off for Edinburgh, arriving late in the evening for drinks in our apartment just off the Royal Mile.

Princes Street Gardens, Autumn

After a delicious breakfast at the Southern Cross cafe we headed down to the National Gallery to catch the minibus out to the Modern Art Museum located a short distance away from the city centre towards Leith.

Staircase in the Dean Gallery

Witches & Wicked Bodies

The Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition was incredible with a fascinating collection of engravings and paintings from the likes of Goya, Durer, Blake and Rego, as well as original copies of famous texts on witches and witch hunting, including Daemonologie by King James VI (later James I of the unified kingdoms).

Gormley outside Modern One

We popped across the road to Modern One where we had soup and scones for lunch followed by a wander through the Louise Bourgeois exhibition and then around the lakes before catching the bus back into the city centre.

Museum of Modern Art

We took in Rodin's The Kiss at the National Gallery as well as some old favourites amongst its excellent collection.


We wandered around the Grassmarket and called in briefly at Avalanche records before making our way back to the apartment to prepare for a fabulous meal at Angels with Bagpipes.

Edinburgh Castle from below

Avalanche Records

On Sunday morning after a pancake breakfast we headed along to the National Museum of Scotland. The main attraction on this occasion was the fascinating exhibition on Mary, Queen of Scots, which presented some interesting artefacts and fleshed out a lot of her story for me. After that we wandered around, taking a visit up to the roof terrace for the panoramic views of Old Town and through the natural history area.

Exhibition posters in the National Museum

Edinburgh Old Town Panorama

After a pub lunch on the Royal Mile we headed down the steps to Waverley to catch our train home. It was a pleasant journey home, delayed only slightly by a donkey on the line somewhere in Fife.

Leaving Edinburgh