Royal Yacht Britannia
Finding a bus to take us to the site of the Royal Yacht was a challenge. Since none of the buses that stop near our apartment go anywhere near the Ocean Terminal, where the Yacht is docked, we decided to take a city tour on one of the Majestic buses. The thirty-minute tour makes 12 stops and you can hop off and on at your leisure. The buses run every 15 minutes so, this is a good way to see Edinburgh. We were fortunate to get front seats on the upper level.
The Royal Yacht Britannia was a self-guided tour, so we had lots of time to view the things we found interesting. We were struck by the simplicity and lack of grandeur in the accommodations and furnishings. The “Royals” aren’t ones for vulgar displays of wealth and that was apparent in their personal rooms. The entire exhibit was well done and provided a detailed history of the years (1954-1997) the Yacht was in service.
Upon completion of the tour, we took time to visit some of the shops in the Ocean Terminal mall. The mall is the only enclosed mall we have found during our time in Edinburgh. The shops were comparable to those you find in similar malls in the U.S. We noticed a large multi-screen cinema on the third level and decided to return to see The American Assassin since we both enjoyed the Vince Flynn book. We boarded the next Majestic bus and finished our city tour.