|Room Service Breakfast|
Featuring Scottish Salmon
We spent four nights at The Balmoral in early October and it was one of the nicest holidays we've ever had. We didn't have the Rascals with us so we were quite free to do as we pleased, with the exception of an environmental law conference my hubs was attending.
Room service breakfasts at The Balmoral are always beautiful and they are a must if you are a crabby morning person like me (especially with jet lag).
|Our view from The Balmoral|
|Royal lantern at the Palace.|
|Theming with the royal-looking unicorns.|
Exiting the palace one enters Holyrood Abbey and it is overwhelming. The walls seem to speak, as well they should because the history of the ruin is pretty amazing. You can read about it here.
|My favourite bit of the garden.|
|Abbey exterior from the gardens.|
We started on the walk and it was a fine day, a bit nippy in the wind but some lovely sunshine and fresh breezes from the Firth of Forth.
|Beginning the climb.|
|Halfway up the path, just before the steep, rocky cragginess.|
Pie decided to scramble to the very, very top and left me at the the edge of the summit in the howling wind and rain.
Then I looked down the side of the cliff, felt the vertigo swirl around my head, and decided to get the hell out of there.
|View of a structure from somewhere on the path.|
Anyway, all's well that ends well. I did spend an irritating forty five minutes or so waiting at the bottom of the path. After some time a few hikers stopped to chat, inquiring if I was waiting for "a man in a suit"? Apparently there was a frantic man at the summit in an attractive tweed suit, desperately trying to borrow a cellphone from some Scotsmen so he could at least phone me (Pie's iPhone had died... of course).
No one would give him a lend, one gentlemen even said "I don't think so Laddy, I've heard that scam before!"
So of course by the time Pie found me I wasn't irritated anymore, I just felt a bit bad for him. And more importantly we were still in time for the highlight of our day:
|Champagne Tea at The Signet Library!!!|
How about the lawyer's mailboxes at The Signet Library:
|Polenta with mushrooms at Angels with Bagpipes.|
One of my favourite items in the entire museum? The Beaton Panels, which were commissioned by Cardinal David Beaton in 1530.
|Detail of one of the eight Beaton Panels.|
You won't regret it.
|The Tower Restaurant|
|Delicious plant-based lunch.|
|The bar in the side room at the Cafe Royal|
|Wore this ruana to Prestonfield House over a camel hair outfit.|
Bought the ruana on the Royal Mile of course, great place to buy wool.
Prestonfield House, even just for drinks as we did. It is stunning!
|Corner of the Biffy|
|Another bit of the Biffy|
|Paintings and urns everywhere.|
|Chinoiserie cabinet gone mad.|
|Windowseat, there are windowseats everywhere.|
|One of several dining rooms.|
|Peacocks roaming the gardens.|