A second set of pictures from Edinburgh Castle and the Botanical Gardens.

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The esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle, used each year for the military tattoo.

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Looking north from the Argyle battery (middle ward).

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The One O’Clock Gun is fired daily at 13:00. Here the gunner is retrieving the shell casing sometime after the firing.

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View north and east over Waverley towards Calton Hill.

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The strangely named Foog’s Gate is the entrance to the Upper ward.

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The extraordinary Mons Meg was capable of firing 20 inch (50 cm) stone cannon balls up to 2 miles before the barrel burst in 1680.

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The inner courtyard of the castle (Crown Square).

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The royal apartments.

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Apart from the hammerbeam roof, the current state of the Great Hall owes more to Victorian taste than historical accuracy.

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The daunting eligibility requirements for a cadet in the East India Company, including, for example, to have read the first 3 books of Euclid.

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Pictures from the glasshouses at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.

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The insectivorous sundew plants trap insects in their sticky sweet mucus.

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Cacti in the glasshouses.

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The alpine garden.

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