Scotland: II (Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace)

Our second day in Edinburgh was technically our first day sight-seeing. Unfortunately for myself, my raincoat somehow failed to make the trip overseas. This definitely made for an interesting outing, but I couldn't even be bothered by the downpour. This place is unbelievable--with or without raindrops dripping down your face and into your eyes. Our first stop was Edinburgh Castle. As we stood outside the entrance, I thought to myself "I could admire this city from here for hours and not get tired of the view." As I post page after page, entry after entry; photos will never do this place justice. Regardless of the fact that I am working around a crop sensor... there is no camera, hand with pen to paper, voice recording, nor all three combined that could truly capture the beauty here. We made our way through the castle on a mission to complete our worksheet checklist, but I think it's safe to say that only a small handful of us were actually able to stay focused long enough to successfully finish the assignment. At first, I was hard on myself for not getting more pictures of the inside of the castle, but with the heavy rain and the overpowering desire to be present and in awe of all we were able to experience, I found a way to be forgiving. 

Edinburgh Castle (from outside of the entrance)

Edinburgh Castle (from outside of the entrance)

Part of the view from Edinburgh Castle

Part of the view from Edinburgh Castle

If you can't tell, it was just sprinkling on us at first (Kat)

If you can't tell, it was just sprinkling on us at first
(Kat)

I loved this adorable cemetery along the walls of the castle

I loved this adorable cemetery along the walls of the castle

Another view from inside the castle walls 

Another view from inside the castle walls 

Our second stop was Holyrood Palace. By far, my favorite part of the palace was The Great Gallery. Hearing the stories behind the paintings that hung upon the gallery walls (their history, their close call with destruction, their restoration), recognizing that I was walking through this same gallery, and seeing these paintings in person was such an indescribable feeling. The exterior of the Palace, and the Palace gardens were equally breathtaking. The detail in the architecture alone could have kept me captivated for the rest of the week. I'll always look back fondly on the moments just outside of the gardens with Kat, Caleb, and Kim; just taking a minute to sit and soak up all that surrounded us, including the incredible view of Arthur's Seat in the distance. Only our second day here, and Scotland has my heart already.

I may or may not be incredibly proud of myself for having successfully edited out a thick wire along the corner edge of this photo

I may or may not be incredibly proud of myself for having successfully edited out a thick wire along the corner edge of this photo

(Random girl because she wouldn't move)

(Random girl because she wouldn't move)

(Katelin)

(Katelin)

We were aiming for a cute candid of her laughing, then she ended up laughing at herself trying to laugh--this is what we ended up with, and I love it  (Katelin)

We were aiming for a cute candid of her laughing, then she ended up laughing at herself trying to laugh--this is what we ended up with, and I love it

(Katelin)

(Exterior of Holyrood Palace)

(Exterior of Holyrood Palace)

(View of part of Arthur's Seat from the Palace gardens) 

(View of part of Arthur's Seat from the Palace gardens) 

If it wasn't illegal, I probably would've taken a flower or two

If it wasn't illegal, I probably would've taken a flower or two

(The courtyard of Holyrood Palace--the only place that permitted photos within the palace)

(The courtyard of Holyrood Palace--the only place that permitted photos within the palace)

There was a creepy, bald man photobombing this photo--not anymore.   (Katie)

There was a creepy, bald man photobombing this photo--not anymore. 

(Katie)

Great Scott, the details!

Great Scott, the details!

Try as I might, it's impossible to express how beautiful this place is.

Try as I might, it's impossible to express how beautiful this place is.