Excitement is building in the Mackie household as we await the impending State Visit by Christopher. Nine days and counting. We have been exchanging e-mails as I try to ensure that Mrs M and I (and the dog Dougal) offer him a fully immersive and totally unforgettable Jockland experience.
It would seem that his Aunt is a regular visitor to Caledonia. From her correspondence with him, it is clear that she knows my country very well indeed and that I’m going to have to pull out every stop to satisfy him and to make sure that he reports back favourably to her.
Here’s what she has suggested Embra-wise. I really can’t find very much fault with anything she has written, although, being a Scot, I have tried very hard:-
‘NOW FOR EDINBURGH: Nothing specific comes to mind, as the entire town has so many historical attractions within walking distance – which is what I love about the town. Pay particular interest to the architecture as you move from the Mediaeval (Royal Mile) part of town and head North to the New Town. It’s beautiful. Brush up on the history of some of these spots, particularly the macabre parts of the history. The knowledge of such things gives Edinburgh an utterly amazing feel!
Interesting spots I enjoyed:
Dundas House, Royal Bank of Scotland (prettiest bank branch I’ve ever seen)
Calton Hill (stunning views!) and the Old Calton Burial Ground
St. Giles Cathedral
The Walter Scott Monument (you are allowed to climb to the top)
Greyfriars Kirk & Kirkyard
Whisky tastings (if you like whisky, otherwise – skip)
A Whisky Distillery of your choice
Princes Street Gardens
Mary King’s Close
Royal Yacht Britannia (allegedly the best tea in the UK is served here – don’t know as I didn’t have that opportunity)
Holyrood Palace is a possible “skip” if you are tight on time.
The Royal Mile is mainly touristy junk shops now (all owned by the same Asian guy), but Edinburgh Castle is interesting.’
Over the next week, I intend to offer more information on some or all of these Embran gems to help Christopher prioritise his time with us.
I would, of course, be happy to hear from Charioteers with other suggestions.
Deep-fried Mars Bars and tram trips are not acceptable offerings!