This post is about the city itself, most of which I experienced on my own on the Monday afternoon before I left for the airport. Before that, I was at the conference and going to various pubs.
|West Bow Street|
I left Dublin with temperatures nearing 30c and arrived in a slightly cooler Edinburgh but it was still hot and just like Ireland, we are not set up for heat so air conditioning is very rare. This means there is no respite from the heat indoors. West Bow Street is home to the Bow Bar, a must visit for beer lovers and across the road is Oink where you can stuff your face with a hog roast sandwich. The roasted hog is displayed in the window.
|The Royal Mile|
|Castle as seen from the park|
|Castle from the park|
|Edinburgh Castle Entrance|
On my last day, after everyone else had gone home, I hiked up to the top of Castle Rock to take a closer look at the castle and maybe take in the view. Unfortunately someone had build what seems to be a temporary quidditch stadium in front of it. The only way to experience the view was to go inside the castle itself and pay £16 for the privilege. That's over €18 and not something I was willing to pay, especially when I only had a few hours to kill.
|Is that Harry Potter?|
So I walked down towards Waverley train station / National Gallery and then walked along through the park at the base of the castle that runs alongside Princes Street. My destination was the Red Squirrel, a bar I frequented a number of times throughout my visit and the closest one to the Ghillie Dhu, our conference venue. More on that in future articles.
|Scottish National Gallery|
I did some good views through the narrow streets at the top of castle Rock, but not the panoramic views I had hoped for.
I have many more articles to write about specific events over he course of the Beer Bloggers Conference so consider this an intro to our host city for 2013.
*unscalable in armour and with weapons but a skilled climber could do it.