© 2012 Aaron View of the Royal Mile from the Edinburgh Castle colonnade. At left you see the spire of The Hub, formerly known as Assembly Hall and Talbooth Church.

Edinburgh Highlights

I am in Edinburgh, Scotland this week learning from experts at the Nielsen Norman Group Usability Week 2012.

On my first night hear I had a few hours to take a look around and I don’t need much external motivation to seek out castles and bagpipes! My hotel is about 3 blocks from the Royal Mile, a street that runs from the Edinburgh Castle to the Queen’s Palace.

As I finished my self-guided tour of the castle I heard echoes of bagpipes in the streets, so I walked down High Street toward the sound. I came upon a lad standing in front of the High Courts. Then, I noted the The Hub, formerly The Assembly Hall and Talbooth Church, now used as a performing arts center. Next, I stopped into St. Gile’s Cathedral. I kept walking the mile until I reached the new parliament building, loved and despised by locals who react to the sharp juxtaposition of its modern architecture adjacent to Holyroodhouse Palace (the Queen’s Palace).

Lastly, as twilight settled, it was time to find a pub for some fish chowder and fish n’ chips. I wandered into World’s End and enjoyed a meal.

Enjoy the video, with narration courtesy of headphones from an audio guide pressed against the video camera’s microphone.

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