Published: July 6th 2012July 6th 2012
There's a piperrr doon
This piper "announced" that the 1:00 o'clock cannon was about to fire.
Ahhhhhh, a quiet day (relatively). We woke up to drizzle, so said some curse words (new ones like feck and shite) and then decided to run later in the day. (Incidently, the rain kept up during our bus ride to town and then stopped before we got off the bus and never did start again!) After some breakfast, we hopped on the A44 down the road (that's a bus) and arrived right on Princes Street in downtown Edinburgh! Sightings today of: Germans, Americans, fellow Canadians, Dutch, Norwegians, English, French, and so on. We were surrounded by tourists! The only Scottish accents we heard were the tour guides and the people riding the bus with us! Very touristy.
Anyways, Edinburgh Castle was crowded but worth seeing. The views were great and the displays around the various castle buildings were interesting. We also took advantage of the guided tour to get some inside scoop stories. Highlights were the military prison (used by the Royal Scot Regiment until 1928), the separate prison where they kept the prisoners of war (French prisoners were treated with respect but Americans were rebels and thus were mistreated), and best of all was the firing of the cannon!
Walter Scott Monument and the Castle behind
Walter Scott in front and the castle behind.
It happens at 1pm each day and we happened to be right there at 1pm! It was so loud it shook the castle! The history of it is that since the 1800's, a cannon has been fired every day at 1pm to let sailors and others know that it is 1pm. The tradition continues to this day. Nigel's watch turned out to be off by only 28 seconds (slow, just like Ben Nigel).
We walked the High Street and through Princes Gardens. Then back on the bus and home early to relax for the rest of the day. When we did run, it was dry!
There are more photos below