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St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

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We arrived in Edinburgh around two in the afternoon, which after unpacking is enough time to book it up the hill to Edinburgh Castle and squeeze in a quickie visit. The problem is that Edinburgh Castle deserves more than just a quick time-filler visit before dinner, so instead we decided to meander up the Royal Mile to see what we could see. Luckily, St. Giles Cathedral was open and the late-afternoon sunshine was just right.

Battle flags at St. Giles Cathedral. Photo by deannanmc

It’s free to enter (there is a suggested donation fee of 3GBP), but there’s a 2GBP fee for a photography license which I happily paid. St. Giles is the patron saint of Edinburgh, but the building contains numerous other monuments to the city and its famous citizens: Robert Louis Stevenson; James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose; the Order of the Thistle, Scotland’s highest chivalry order; and James Young Simpson. Who is James Young Simpson? He was a very important fellow indeed:

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