Unlike normal, we spent today getting good exercise climbing two of the main heights around Edinburgh. We were feeling fresh so climbed up the 143 steps to the top of the Nelson Monument set at the top of Calton Hill to get some fine views over a slightly hazy Edinburgh skyline. It's not often you get to look down almost vertically on a tree, though the photo of it isn't as interesting as you think it should be. (The photos are shots that I took without a tripod and made into panoramas using the excellent AutoStitch application.)
Following a hint from others in the B&B we went down Victoria Row where there were lots of interesting shops, and had a fantastic lunch at Maison Bleue. Martha had Moules Marinieres, Sea Bass and Chessecake all for under £8! Suitably fortified, we then headed up the mound to the Castle, checked that the Honours of Scotland (~the Crown Jewels) hadn't been nicked, and looked back to Calton Hill the other way.