Sadly this is the last part of my Scotland series – but I hope everyone has had fun following along and has seen how beautiful Scotland is!

ScotlandI am so excited though because today is also Travel Tuesday : ) This link up is hosted by the wonderful and talented Belinda over at Found Love Now What and the sweet Bonnie Rose over at A Compass Rose. Seriously take a second to check their blogs out – great photos, great writing, sparkling inspiration, and tons of travel ideas. Plus both of them are actually living in the UK as well!

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Anyways if you are joining me for the first time ever and have not seen my Scotland series I am going to stop you right here – just go instead to my post about Islay and Laphroaig before you do anything. I seriously think that that post is the best from my Scotland series, and it is now one of my favorite places on the earth! It is so gorgeous and peaceful there. After that come back and check out the final chapter of our trip to Scotland. Today’s post takes place all in Edinburgh (for part one of this awesome city click here). Edinburgh is Point K on the map below and that officially covers all the places on the map!

Scotland MapSo to pick up after we left off – After returning from Islay (Point J), Dave drove us all the way over to Edinburgh where we stayed three more nights. Edinburgh was lively and full of character. The fringe festival was still going on meaning that street performers were everywhere and plays big and small could be seen almost anywhere all over the city. One of the parks in Edinburgh even had a literature festival going on where you could go and hear authors speak and buy books. We even saw an improvisational Shakespeare play! The actors talked with people in the audience and we came up with the plot and they used Shakespearean English too act it out – pretty neat. The venue we saw it in is called The Underbelly in the Cowgate area. We stayed about a mile from the Edinburgh Castle in Leith at a hotel called Edinburgh House Hotel. It was a great place to crash and relax each night and the walk allowed us to see more of Edinburgh. We totally lucked out (probably because we booked last minute) because we were only charged for a double room but got this awesome family room with bay windows:

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DSCN9003But back to sightseeing – off to the Edinburgh Castle! It took a good part of our first day there but was totally worth it (Belinda – I know you love your castles, this can be a good excuse for you to visit Scotland!!). You get to see all the buildings on the grounds including the crown jewels! But sadly you can’t take pictures of the crown jewels : ( The architecture was really cool and the view from the castle of Edinburgh below was great. There was history in every building. Some even had murals depicting important parts of Scottish history. You could even go into the prisoner of war cells. One really emotional part was the memorial building paying respect to all those who lost their lives in World War I. So relive this journey with me as you take tour through my pictures . . .

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DSCN9135DSCN9108The other thing we did was hike Arthur’s Seat. It was quite a walk from our hotel but a little exercise doesn’t hurt. This was by far my favorite thing to do in Edinburgh and if you are visiting this is a must do! You have the city surrounding you as you walk though fields and hills. It’s just spectacular.

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DSCN9209DSCN9228DSCN9237DSCN9230It was so relaxing to just soak in the world from the top of Arthur’s Seat. Sometimes all you need to do is sit still on the top of a mountain, slow life down, and soak in the peace around you.

Arthur's seat 2Until we meet again Scotland . . .