Our European Trip - 2005 travel blog

The Ship's Bell


Bow of Britannia


Royal Barge

Officers' mess

Dining room on Britannia

Sitting room on Britannia

Us at the Bell

Steps from The Royal Mile to the Mound

Edinburgh Castle from Waverley Bridge

Castle and National Gallery

Braemar Hotel

Iain, Christine, Nan and Nan's younger son, Iain visited the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith near Edinburgh. The last Royal Yacht used by the British Royal Family, decommissioned in 1997 when it was permanently moored at Leith and opened to the public. Very interesting to see the history and luxury of the royal apartments and contrast them with the cramped quarters of the crew.

We then took a bus tour of the city on a double decker bus with an open top. Various landmarks were highlighted, including former residences of such luminaries as Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island), J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan) John Buchan ( 39 Steps), etc. This was a "hop on, hop off" tour. Our intention had been to stay on and return to the Britannia where we boarded. The highlight of the tour was when we reached Waverley bridge where the tour officially starts and, as the bus took off, we discovered we were the only passengers, whereupon the conductor stopped the bus upon informing us it was headed for the depot! We were escorted back, on foot, to the Waverley Bridge stop and boarded another bus. After we had been joined by several more passengers, we were informed that this bus, too, was destined for the depot and we must again debark and wait for a third bus! This one successfully deposited us at the point from which we had originally departed.

We returned to Nan's home in Bo'ness and had a dinner celebrating the birthday of Lillias, one of Nan's friends. A fitting finale to our stay in Scotland.

Tomorrow - Paris, via London.

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