Day 4 was a bit better in terms of weather – cloudy spells with a bit of rain, but also some sunshine.

I began the morning by taking the bus to Leith, Edinburgh’s port. This is where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored and open to the public. It was decommissioned in 1997 after 43 years in service.

You enter “The Britannia Experience” through the Ocean Terminal – a new shopping and leisure complex.

The Bridge.

The Garage for the Rolls-Royce.

The Royal Sun Lounge.

Gin and Tonic anyone? Look at that chair – pure Newnes Home Management.

The ship’s bell.

This is the Queen’s Bedroom. Note the single bed and 1950s decor.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bedroom.

The only double bed on board the ship is in the Honeymoon Suite. It was brought on board for Prince Charles and Diana’s honeymoon. I swear it’s still only four feet wide.

The State Dining Room.

The Drawing Room.

The Queen’s Sitting Room.

There are three separate recreation rooms for the crew depending on their rank. Each one has a bar.

The Sick Bay and full Operating Theatre.

The Laundry could wash dry and press 600 shirts a day, which is good because there was a crew of three hundred.

The Engine Room.

I had lunch on board – smoked salmon sandwiches.

After Britannia I went back into town to visit the Scottish National Trust property The Georgian House. The house, part of the New Town development of the late eighteenth century, is on Charlotte Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Robert Adams. They don’t let you take photos inside, but it was furnished to reflect the period when the house was built.

You might recall that the day before this I was prevented from walking to the Village of Dean, but today I was determined to find it. Dean is a medieval mill village which was eventually surrounded by Georgian Edinburgh, but traces of the village still remain. It is located on the Water of Leith.

I call this one Ode to Millais’ Ophelia.

I think is is literally a millstone! No wonder you wouldn’t want one around your neck!

Dean Bridge towers above at 106 feet high. The bridge features in the first Ian Rankin novel with the body of a woman discovered at the bottom.

Old buildings.

The original village at water level and Georgian Edinburgh in the terraces above.

In the evening I joined Andy for dinner at a great restaurant called The Outsider, on the George IV Bridge. I didn’t have my camera with me but our table looked out over the Old Town with Edinburgh Castle looming above. It was quite spectacular.

It is now Wednesday. I drove back to Liverpool yesterday – poor Mark has been putting up with the sound of five industrial fans and three dehumidifiers for the last five days, but the lower ground floor is definitely drier! We’re awaiting the quote from the builder to pass on to the insurance company…

As for Edinburgh, it is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. I will have to go back there and take Mark.

Thanks to Isabelle for the opportunity to visit!