My mum and her friend took a very short trip to Edinburgh. This was not originally planned, it was curtailed thanks to Ryanair who cancelled their flights home. This was her first visit and with just a day and a half, they took advantage of the The Royal Edinburgh Ticket.
The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a pass that includes free entrance and fast-tracked entry to three of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions: Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and The Royal Yacht Britannia. The ticket also includes unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour services for 48 consecutive hours on three of Edinburgh’s sightseeing buses. The price that they paid in 2017 was £46 per person.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
On their first afternoon, they decided to visit the Royal Yacht Brittania, this was because this was the furthest away and they would just one full day to see the rest. The yacht was first commissioned just after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. The yacht was in service to the Queen and the royal family for over 40 years, from 1954 to 1997, and sailed over 1 million miles on hundreds of state visits and royal honeymoons. Today the Britannia is docked at the Port of Leith and is often voted as Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland. Visitors to the yacht get to see the bedrooms of the royal family, the Bridge, the state dining room, crews quarters, and workspaces. They had lunch aboard the royal yacht at the Royal Deck Tea Room.
The Palace of Holyrood
Their next day, their only full day in Edinburgh they started at Holyrood. Officially called the Palace of Holyrood this is the official residence for the British monarch in Scotland. Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the monarchs of Scotland since the 16th century. The royal history here includes everyone from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth II. My mum thought the inside of the Palace was very old fashioned but that is too be expected considering the age of our Queen. You are not allowed to take photos inside the palace but are in the grounds, gardens, and abbey.
Their last visit was to Edinburgh Castle which is one the most recognizable landmark in the city. The castle is steeped in royal history, having served as the residence for many famous monarchs such as Mary, Queen of Scots. The 800-year-old castle is home to the Honours of Scotland (the “Scottish Crown Jewels”), the 12th century St. Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Megs (one of the oldest surviving canons), and the museums of the Scottish National War Memorial and the National War Museum . You have access to some amazing views over the city.
My mum said that she really enjoyed her time exploring Edinburgh. So much so, that she aims to return and explore further.