Once we’d filled up on a hearty Premier Inn breakfast, we checked out and made our way to Edinburgh Zoo. Over a thousand animals call this 82-acre hilltop zoological park home – though there were two in particular that I was hoping to see: Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine), the UK’s only giant pandas.
At the start of July, my parents and I travelled 242 miles up the M6 (and on assorted other roads) to Edinburgh – all in the name of attending my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentation and meeting HRH Prince Philip. Whilst the trip was planned around this short but sweet encounter with royalty in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, we did manage to get our fill of the Royal Mile, Scottish pubs and other points of interest whilst we were there.
Nestled between two extinct volcanoes lies the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, a city exuding cultural charm and brimming with bagpipes. Its Old Town runs the length of the Royal Mile, from Edinburgh Castle in the west to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the east, and spans a vast network of closes (=narrow streets) which run perpendicular to the Royal Mile. On the other side of Waverley Station lies the New Town, filled with shops, restaurants and parks.