Edinburgh: Firth of Forth Bridges and Calton Hill
Hello from Edinburgh. This train, from the King Cross Train Station took us to Edinburgh. Today, on Sunday, there was a train to Edinburgh every half an hour. It took us five hours to arrive to Edinburgh Waverley railway station.
My very good friend from university lives here with here with her family. Here are Agnieszka and her husband Maciek preparing a Scottish dinner for us:
Haggies, black pudding, and a pork roast:
Before dinner they took us to see the famous three bridges on the Firth of Forth:
The Firth of Forth is the estuary of several Scottish rivers including the River Forth.
The three Forth Bridges are an impressive sight as they across the Firth of Forth, as well as providing transport links between Edinburgh and Fife.
The Forth Bridge is one of Scotland’s major landmarks, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.This magnificent railway bridge was built between 1883 and 1890 by Sir John Fowler, Benjamin Baker and over 4,500 men.
Before the sunset, we climbed the Calton Hill, located near Princes Street, to see the panorama of the city.
There are several iconic monuments on the Calton Hill, also worth seeing, like the National Monument of Scotland, Scotland’s national memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars.
The Nelson Monument:
The Nelson Monument is a commemorative tower in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. The monument was built between 1807 and 1815 to commemorate Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and his own death at the same battle. (Wikipedia)
Finally, the Dugald Stewart Monument:
The Dugald Stewart Monument is a memorial to the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753–1828). Completed in September 1831, the monument was designed by Scottish architect William Henry Playfair.
Calton Hill was a great way to start our visit to Edinburgh. Tomorrow, we will walk along the Royal Mile.