Fetch yer sporran, it's time to go exploring!
Below we have some highlights from my second ever trip to Edinburgh (and to Scotland for that matter), and my very first Fringe festival. The event certainly lives up to its name of the greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. The city was positively bristling with tunes, tourists, and talent. Every act was a winner.
But first... The Kelpies, Falkirk.
This was one of those things that looked cool on google maps so we chanced a visit. Very impressive to see in person but a challenge to communicate the scale on a photo.
Staying in Falkirk for a little while, we poked our heads in to Callendar House, a 19th century chateau and medieval tower.
Due to the long drive up to Scotland, it only took one large meal and a generous Old Fashioned to send me off to bed quite early! Up early the next morning though, and then bused it into Edinburgh!
and before you ask, no we didn't go into the castle. This is pretty much the only image I took of it.
Straight off the bus and right into the entertainment with some casual street knife juggling and sword swallowing.
and now a collection of random photos from some selected places around the city where we saw shows
The Camera Obscura
Stuck for something to do between shows one day we had been recommended the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions and decided to give it a whirl. Thoroughly recommend!
Some light painting in the tunnel of LEDs using a ~5s shutter and waving the camera around at random.
of course there was a mirror maze.
View from the roof over the Royal Mile was pretty (Manchester needs to up its game)
That's enough of the city...
Secret Garden Distillery
Most people visit whiskey places when in Scotland. We did not. At the secret garden distillery they make gin using botanicals from their own land. Had a great tour of the gardens and did a cheeky tasting.
Be careful in the woods, you may step on a Beetle.
annnnnd we're done! Not bad for 4 days.