Edinburgh’s Castle sits on an outcrop of volcanic rock. Seen from below, we see how impenetrable it was as a fortress, and how severe is its architecture.
From the famous Edinburgh Castle one can look out over the city, modern and ancient. Towers and spires merge into the buildings and the lowland mist obscures the horizon.
A cityscape full of the business of everyday life – and yet from this distance there is also the resonance of the old and the ancient. We can stop and observe the City Below, not quite part of it, but feeling a connection to the deep history of the place and its people.
After our sightseeing in the City of Edinburgh, the rain went away and it turned into a bright evening, so we went walking on Portobello Beach. Only 3 miles east of Edinburgh, this town is such a breath of fresh air after a day in the city!
More Edinburgh pictures. Leaving the castle we stopped for lunch at the Deacon Brodie inn, before going on a coach tour of the City.
A view of the Castle from below really shows how it is built straight on the rock.