This morning we will explore the museum treasures of Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the mysterious Stone of Destiny that spent almost 700 years as the Coronation Stone of English monarchs in Westminster Abbey. You will see the Royal Palace, Great Hall and Edinburgh’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel.
We follow that with visit to Stewart Christie & Co, the oldest bespoke tailors in the country dating from 1720, whose long family tradition has been brought up to date by the new owner, Vixy Rae, who will give us the lowdown on tweeds and tartans over lunch in her tearoom. There will be time to discuss patterns and cuts, should you fancy your own tweed outfit.
Our afternoon walk takes us through the elegant 18th-century terraces and squares of the carefully-planned New Town, including Water of Leith, Moray Place, handsome Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument (which, please note, can be climbed to the top), as well as Charlotte Square, the all-mod-cons Georgian House and the grave of the great Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith.
Your evening is yours - a great chance to see a Festival show (show recommendations will follow once we have the program).
THE BALMORAL HOTEL (B, Lunch (L))