After docking bow-to-bow with the retired royal yacht HMS
Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh, the Minerva 'Swans' disembarked for
a whole day of sightseeing around the Scottish capital city. Emma
and I joined them to explore the Fringe Arts festival, but not
before we'd spotted Common Terns, Grey Herons and Cormorants around
The frequent courtesy buses ensured that we could return to the ship whenever our aching feet demanded it, so after a day of pacing the historic cobbles of the 'royal mile' amid the throngs of festival attendees, we headed back to update our blog and edit the photographs in preparation for our lecture tomorrow which will review the highs and lows of the trip.
As dusk fell, we departed through the ingenious lock system of Leith docks and ventured back out to sea, past Bass Rock (which unfortunately was in darkness) to head south overnight. Our last full day on the waves beckons, and our last chance to add to the wildlife sightings…
Best regards, Mikey
Minerva will be returning to Iceland and visiting St Kilda on MIN110721 (21 July - 05 August 2011).