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Our second day in Edinburgh opened with a guided tour of the city, Holyroodhouse Palace, and Edinborough Castle. Our tour guide was the incredible Keith, a charismatic Scotsman, in a kilt (which, as we learned generally comprises at least nine and a half yards of cloth). He gave an enthusiastic tour through his city, regaling us with tales of famous former residents, such as literary figures like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. We also heard about the history of Holyroodhouse Palace.

After leaving the palace, we headed for the castle. Formerly the home of generations of Scottish royalty, it now holds the Scottish crown jewels and the National War Memorial. We visited the jewels, toured the apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI & I, and saw the one o’clock cannon firing. After the cannon, we split into smaller groups and explored a variety of places (after pictures with a genuine Highlander). One group went for haggis, climbed the Sir Walter Scott memorial, visited an American Civil War memorial, and climbed to a partially-finished replica of the Parthenon with an incredible view of Arthur’s Seat.

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