Tuesday in Edinburgh brought us beautiful, sunny weather. With our late start, we decided to attempt Arthur’s Seat. We ascended 900 feet to the top with the help of rocky steps, taking just under an hour with several breaks along the way. Olivia was our leader, and she took her role seriously, ensuring that we were aware of upcoming difficult climbs and clearing the path for passers. While this wasn’t our first family climb, it was trickier to maneuver. Passers comments ranged from “wow you are brave to bring young kids” to “the kids will beat the adults”. The pathway up unveiled stunning views of Edinburgh castle, the University, and of course the harbor, among others. We were rewarded at the very top with a performance by Piper on the Hill. We spent the afternoon climbing, wandering, and enjoying the park and city near us.
Later in the evening, we headed to the Castle for dinner at Amber, where we were served traditional Scottish fare, including Scottish tapas of venison & haggis. The assortment of desserts included a sticky dundee marmelade cake that I’m going to have to try to make at home. Dinner included a performance by two Indian dancers who were fun and included unsuspecting dinner patrons for audience participation points.
The highlight of the evening was the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performed at the Castle Esplanade. Over 1000 performers filled the esplanade. Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Massed Pipes & Drums, the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the Queen’s Colour Squadron with the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment were joined by military bands from India, France, and Japan. They told stories of history through their music and dance. Complete with fireworks, the performance entertained and enchanted.
You can look up your clan on the clanchiefs.org site. The Livingstone clan continues with a current chief, shared ancestry info, and a cultural organization.