This full day South Queensferry shore trip
visits the famous Edinburgh Castle and then after some free time you visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the most unique royal residences.
After meeting your private guide at the pier you immediately drive into Edinburgh. Upon arrival you enjoy a scenic driving tour including the Georgian New Town and a photo stop on Calton Hill where you admire the splendid views of the city and the historic Old Town.
Upon arrival in the Old Town you visit Edinburgh Castle, the most famous
of Scottish castles. You will learn about its complex building history.
The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the
Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery
by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National
War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Crown
Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun
Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
It is here that in the 11th Century, Queen Margaret, directed the
defense of her adopted homeland two decades after the same Norman had
slaughtered her brother and the nobles of Saxon England at the Battle of
Hastings in 1066. Margaret, who was known for her saintly deeds and
devotion to Christ, died during the siege and her body was lowered down
the walls to prevent its capture and desecration by the Normans.
Following the castle visit is free time for lunch in a local pub and then some additional time in Edinburgh's Old Town to explore on your own or pick up souvenirs.
After lunch you depart for the former Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now docked in Edinburgh, you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
Later this afternoon you return to the pier or your hotel.
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